Fall 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In this seminar, we will read Dante's great Christian epic, The Divine Comedy, taking into consideration its literary, historical, philosophical, and theological backgrounds. We will journey with Dante, Virgil, and Beatrice through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise as Dante seeks salvation.
The primary aim of this course is to help each student's professional development.
Thomas Cahill, Mysteries of the Middle Ages
Dante The Divine Comedy (Mandelbaum translation required)
La Vita Nuova (New Life) (Musa translation recommended)
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
There will be a course project divided into six segments. The project can be the preparation and submission of a paper to be given at an academic conference. Students may also choose to do a creative project or a teaching unit.
The six segments are 1) venue (where you will give your paper, display your art or performance, or teach your lesson (10%); 2) a preliminary bibliography (10%); a project proposal with an updated bibliography (20%); a copy of the draft project (20%); the final project (20%).
There will also be a weekly short-answer quiz with five questions worth 0, 1, or 2 points each. The top 10 scores will be added and curved (20%).