Sacred Places
Past and Present

Department of Classics
Monmouth College


Summary of Goals and Requirements

Your final grade will be determined in the following way:

The average of these twenty units will determine your course grade.
Grading Scale for information about the equivalence of numeric and letter grades.

In-Class Work
There are no exams in this course. Instead there will be a series of quizzes, both announced and unannounced, in class writing assignments, group work and other in-class activities. The average of these activities will be weighted as five units towards your final grade.

Short Writing Assignments
There will be one short response paper every week, based upon topics discussed in class. These papers will include accurate and specific reference to course materials as well as your own response to this material. A suggested topic will always be provided by the instructor, but you are also invited to use any other topic of your choice appropriate to the course material for that week. These weekly papers must be at least 600-words in length (two full pages) and follow Prof. Sienkewicz' Writing Guidelines.  One of these written assignments will be a mid-course evaluation. The instructor reserves the right not to accept any paper submitted after the due date. The average of these papers (and quizzes) will be weighted as five units.

Common Reflective Writing Assignment
All students enrolled in INTR300 Reflections courses are required to complete a common reflective writing assignment according to these guidelines. Your grade on this assignment will be weighted as two units towards your final grade. Please note that this paper must be submitted via Failure to do so will result in a failing grade on this assignment.

Individualized Project
Each student will pursue a project which combines individual reflection and scholarly research in pursuit of a personal definition sacred space. This project must include a comparison of a two sacred place, including one which is particularly sacred to you personally. Neither of these sacred spaces can be a site covered in the course. Be sure to clear your choice of sacred places with Prof. Sienkewicz early in the process. Preparation for this project must include use scholarly material (both primary and secondary where possible), library research, significant analysis, and original work. See Individualized Project for further information. The grade on this project counts as four units toward your final grade.

Class Presentation
During the final weeks of class, students will give 10-minute presentations to the class on their individualized projects. An appropriate hand-out must accompany this presentation. The grade for this presentation will be based upon 1.) the appropriateness of the presentation to the topic; 2.) the presenter's ability to explain the project orally to this audience; 3.) accuracy; 4.)  the quality and appropriateness of the handout (required). This handout  must include an abstract, at least two significant images, author's name and a short bibliography on one sheet of paper. (Two-sides is okay.) 5.) the quality and appropriateness of additional visual features accompanying the presentation (i.e., Powerpoint). For further information, see Some Hints about Preparation, Presentation and Grading of Oral Reports. The grade on this project counts as two units toward your final grade.

Final Oral and Written Statements
During final exam period (and in lieu of a standard final exam) students will submit a Final Written Reflection (required of all students  in Reflections courses) and will also present to the class five-minute final oral statements on how their concepts of sacred place have evolved over the semester. You should incorporate into this reflection references to those parts of the course which provided especially you opportunities to enhance your own understanding of sacred space and explain why. The grade for this presentation will be based upon 1.) the intellectual quality of the presenters' reflections; 2.) the extent to which presenters address the question of their own evolving sense of sacred space; 3.) relevance of the presentation to course material. The grade on each of these statements will count as one unit toward your final grade. Do not miss this session. There are no make-ups.

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

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