CLST 295 / WOST 295:
Women in the Classical World
Fall Semester 2011
Dr. Jacqueline Long
- To engage with current readings and class discussion, fulfilling goals of course work
- To practice critical thinking by reflecting on women, gender, and diversity in the
Classical Greek and Roman worlds
- To fix your real-time reflections, provisionally, in verbal form so they can be
shared and to aid your reexamining them from perspectives you go on to develop
- To practice skills of written communication
When are journal-entries due? What do they cover?
- Journal-entries will be collected every four or five sessions:
see Schedule of Readings and Assignments
- Each journal-entry should focus on a topic arising from
assigned readings and reflections on them
prompted by study questions (or study
questions after midterm break), scholarly reading, or discussions in class,
since when the last journal-entry was due
- A journal-entry, for purposes of this class, presents your reasoned response to our
collective work as it progresses over the semester. In contrast to the personal Research
Journal described by Prof. Rael (which is also a valuable resource to build for yourself:
go to Reading,
Writing and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students and click the link for
Keeping a Research Journal under the heading Research in the frame on the left), this assignment
picks up at the point where you begin to work on answering some of the questions raised by your
reactions to assigned readings and class discussions or addressing the problems you identify.
- that text that takes your breath away, it seems to come from such a different world
than anything you're used to now: what cultural ideas or social practices would somebody have
to be thinking in terms of in order to see life in this way? how can you reason from indications
in the text to this background?
- that text that takes your breath away, it says something that seems so familiar, even though
so many facts of the writer's social and cultural life were so different from yours: what ideas
and practices connect this statement (or whatever) to both the Classical world and ours? do they
function the same way in both worlds? how can you tell?
- a discussion begun in class got you thinking: how can you build on what we were saying and
extend, correct, or refine those ideas?
- how can you connect an assigned reading or class discussion to other course material?
- how can you connect course material to other related material (e.g., other aspects of
Classical Greek and Roman society and culture, other literary, documentary, or
material sources, other elements of the experience of gender in Greek
and Roman antiquity or in other periods and cultures; make sure to indicate your
references so that I can follow up)
What format do journal-entries follow?
- 1-1 1/2 pages, word-processed (12-point Times Roman): 250-400 words
- You don't need to footnote everything like a research paper, but do give credit
where it's due to authorities you have consulted (name, work, date, and precise enough
identification of where in the work to look if a person wants to follow up your ideas), think
substantively about the concerns you're discussing, and communicate your
- You don't need to have worked out all the details of formal arguments,
like an essay, but show where your reasoning currently brings your thoughts
- You don't need to write formally, but write correctly as to spelling and
grammar: write to communicate as much of your ideas as well as you can
capture them, without wasting words!
- What goes without saying for all work of learning, even an informal snapshot
of learning-in-progress like these journal-entries, is that you must present your
own thinking - take inspiration from elsewhere, experiment with ideas freely,
but don't waste the opportunity by reproducing something that already exists elsewhere
(think always of Academic Honesty)
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