Classical Mythology and Religion
While the instructor will provide some background via lecture and slide presentations, the focus of this class is discussion of the assigned readings in terms of one's own religious beliefs and world view. The amount of discussion depends, to a great extent upon the willingness of the class members to read and reflect upon assigned readings in advance and to express their opinions in class. The instructor is available as a resource and will provide course structure and organization, but the student will determine the content of class discussion. It is essential that everyone attend class regularly, read the assignments carefully, and come to class prepared to discuss them. Classes will generally meet two days a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45 P.M. While daily attendance is not recorded, persistent absence from class will inevitably affect successful completion of course requirements. In exceptional cases, the instructor may place an individual student on "no-cut" status. Whenever possible, course handouts, including this syllabus, will be available in electronic form on the Classics Dept. webpage (http:\\department\academic\classics).
Do not hesitate to ask questions in class. There is no such thing as a "stupid question". If you don't understand something, there are inevitably others in the class who do not understand either and you will do the entire class a favor by asking for explanations.
For instructions about submission of written work for this course, please consult Prof. Sienkewicz' Writing Guidelines.
You may be expected to attend Convocations, public lectures, and other college functions. Questions relating to these talks may appear on quizzes, tests, and assignments.
Although there is no final exam in this course, please note that class WILL MEET during the period scheduled for a final exam. This meeting will be used for various activities, including ORAL REPORTS, a course summary, and student evaluation. Attendance at this session is obligatory.
This material has been published on the web by Prof. Tom Sienkewicz for his students at Monmouth College. If you have any questions, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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