CLAS200 Introduction to Classical Studies

Fall, 2011
Department of Classics
Monmouth College

The general aim of this seminar is to provide an overview of research models and resources available to the undergraduate student of the Classics and to survey a current topic in the field.

Class will meet about 60 minutes per week. During this time there will be student reports as well as discussion and of the assigned readings. Attendance at various classics lectures and events during the semester is also required. Some of these required Classics events include the lectures sponsored by the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Attendance and participation counts 30% toward your grade in seminar.

Every week you are expected to submit a short writing assignment in which you summarize and respond to the activities of the previous week. Instead of these weekly reports you have the option of submitting, at end of semester, a major paper summarizing and reflecting upon topics discussed in seminar week by week. (The minimum length of this major paper would be 30 pages for an A grade.) Written work counts 60% toward your grade in seminar.

You will also organize all the handouts and materials distributed in seminar into a spiral-bound notebook, which will count 10% toward your grade in seminar.

Failure to complete any of these assignments may significantly affect your grade in the course.

 30% Class Participation (including attendance)
 60%  Written Word
10% Notebook

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Mary Beard and John Hendrson
CLASSICS: A Very Short Introduction

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pub. Date: April 2000
ISBN-13: 9780192853851


  Richard, Carl J..
Twelve Greeks and Romans Who Changed the World
ISBN: 0-7425-2791-3
Paperback, 258pp
Pub. Date: 2003
Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield

A word on academic honesty: You are encouraged to work with other members of the class. However, please do not copy anyone else's work without giving proper credit. This is a form of plagiarism (copying someone else's work without giving credit) which is both dishonest and ineffective for your goal of learning about the ancient world.

At Monmouth College we view academic dishonesty as a threat to the integrity and intellectual mission of our institution. Any breach of the academic honesty policy Ė either intentionally or unintentionally - will be taken seriously and may result not only in failure in the course, but in suspension or expulsion from the college. It is each studentís responsibility to read, understand and comply with the general academic honesty policy at Monmouth College, as defined in the Scots Guide ( and to the specific guidelines for each course, as elaborated on the professorís syllabus.
The following areas are examples of violations of the academic honesty policy:
1. Cheating on tests, labs, etc;
2. Plagiarism, i.e., using the words, ideas, writing, or work of another without giving appropriate credit;
3. Improper collaboration between students, i.e., not doing oneís own work on outside assignments not specified as group projects by the instructor;
4. Submitting work previously submitted in another course, without previous authorization by the instructor.
(This list is not intended to be exhaustive.)
Any student submitting plagiarized work will receive a failing grade for that assignment.
Caveat: This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor, provided that written or verbal notice is given in class.

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