Course Project: Advancements in the Humanities
course will take you through huge chunks of human history from the
Paleolithic era through the Vietnam War and into our postmodern world.
In Week 7, you will be asked to deliver a five- to seven-page research
paper on any subject within the humanities of your choosing, providing
you have cleared it with your professor. Your research paper will
require a minimum of three sources and a maximum of five sources. You
must document your research scrupulously—both in text and in a reference
page as specified by the APA style sheet. Scrupulous documentation plus
high originality, analysis, insight, and fresh applications of ideas
are highly prized. Mere reporting, describing, and finding others’ ideas
are discouraged, and copying and pasting is just wrong. Your paper is
to be 70–80% original and 20–30% resourced (documented via
Your final grade includes points accumulated for your
- an annotated bibliography;
- a Final Paper; and
- a Final Exam.
The following are guidelines to assist you in completing the course successfully.
Guidelines for Discussions:
Please do not merely cut, paste, and attribute in the discussions. For
every idea you paraphrase or language you quote, you must have at least
two lines of your own original analysis, evaluation, or personal
connection. Learning the humanities is not about finding information,
but it is about engaging originally and authentically with what you are
Guidelines for the Outline/Proposal: An
outline is a convenience to help you tack down the topics you hope to
cover in a Final Paper, and a proposal is the extended and full
description of your project (as best you know it at the time of
writing). Understand that you are making a best effort to describe your
project early on, but allow yourself to be open to growth and change as
you conduct research and focus your intentions.
Following the annotations, you will be ready to plan your paper. An
outline (one and one half pages) and a proposal (two to three pages) of
your intended project are due. Quality proposals and outlines will not
merely describe or find information but will have a strong and original
point of view. The highest points are conferred for originality, the
locating and detailing of controversies, and for nuanced papers that
sensitively explore topics with deft subtlety.This is due Week 2.