The Project Paper focuses on a suggested
topic related to art, architecture, history, music, or literature. The project
will reflect your views and interpretation of the topic. This project is
designed to help you stretch your mind and your abilities to be the creative,
innovative, and critical thinker you already are!
Choose one (1) of the topics from the list
of topic choices below. Read the topic carefully. Write a three to four (3-4)
page paper (750-1,000 words) that responds to each of the items described in the
Note: Your instructor may
require you to submit your topic choice for approval before the end of Week
For the topic you choose:
- Support your ideas with specific,
illustrative examples. If there are questions or points associated with your
chosen topic, be sure to answer all of the listed questions and address all of
the items in that topic. If your topic requires you to do several things related
to the topic, be sure to do each of the things listed.
- While some of the topics tend to lend
themselves toward particular writing genres, you are not restricted to the
specific format suggested for the individual topic. For example, you may do an
“interview,” a “proposal,” a “letter,” a “short story,” a “blog,” an “essay,” an
“article,” or any other written genre for almost any of the topics. The project
is intended to be fun as well as informative, so feel free to be creative with
the delivery of your information.
- Use at least three (3) good quality academic
sources with one (1) source being the class text. Note:
Wikipedia and other similar Websites do not quality as academic
resources. You are highly encouraged to use the Resource Center tab at the top
of your Blackboard page.
Topic choices (pick 1):
- Self-Portraits. Journal. The
Renaissance artists Titian, Rembrandt, and Durer have each painted
self-portraits. Imagine yourself as one of these artists (or another artist of
your choice that has painted a self-portrait) and write a journal expressing
your thoughts on “your” art (in other words, the journal entries the artist
would probably write.) (1) Explain “your” primary reason for painting a
self-portrait. (2) Describe “your” artistic choices in composition: use of
color, space, etc. (3) Explain what the portrait represents about “you” (as the
artist.) (4) Explain “your” choices of subject with regard to at least three
other specific pieces “you” have painted.
- Ladies & Gentlemen. Survey
& Report. Some may believe that being “gentleman” or a “lady” in
today’s society is an outdated notion, but others may disagree. (1) Briefly
summarize the main characteristics of a well-rounded person, “l’uomo universal,”
referring to specific sections within the excerpt from The Courtier
which identifies these characteristics. (2) Create a “survey” based on the
identified characteristics and “poll” at least ten people to find out whether or
not the characteristics are relevant for a “gentleman” or “lady” of today. (3)
Tabulate and discuss the responses in terms of gender, age, vocation, etc. of
your survey participants, making note of any interesting or surprising results
which show up in your poll answers. (4) Finally, explain whether or not you
agree with the characteristics expressed by Castiglione in The
- BayeuxTapestry Experience. Letter. Imagine
yourself as one of the figures in the battle depicted in the Bayeux
Tapestry; in a letter home, you describe your experience to your family.
(1) Write a first-person account of this historical event from the perspective
of one of the figures in tapestry. (2) Use your senses to describe your
impression of the event. (3) Describe specific elements of the scene such as
uniforms, weaponry, fighting styles, etc. (4) Explain why you believe your side
was justified in participating in the battle and how you would like the battle
to be remembered.
- Ancient Emperors. Deathbed
Memoir. Pretend you are one of the emperors we have
studied, such as Shihuangdi, Constantine, Ashoka, or Charlemagne. You are on
your deathbed and want to write a brief account of your life. As you look back
over your life, what do you consider your greatest accomplishments in 1)
politics, 2) art / architecture, and 3) religion, philosophy or intellectual
life? Finally (4), describe and explain anything you have done for which you
fear history will judge you harshly, or present the proudest aspects of your
- Other topic choice recommended and approved by the professor and
supported by the grading rubric.
The Project Paper will be graded
- The level to which the instructions were
- The extent to which all four (4) parts in
the topic were addressed.
- The adequacy of information, examples, and
details which support the general claim or main idea.
- The relevance of the explanations and
- The inclusion of three (3) required
references (two additional sources besides your textbook) documented using APA
- Adherence to standard rules of grammar,
punctuation, and mechanics.
Your assignment must follow these formatting
- Be typed, double spaced, using Times New
Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow
APA Style format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions
specific to the selected topic. (Note: Students can find APA
style materials located in the course shell for reference)
- Include a cover page containing the tile of
the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and
the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required
The specific course learning outcomes
associated with this assignment are:
- Explain how key social, cultural, and
artistic contributions contribute to historical changes.
- Explain the importance of situating a
society’s cultural and artistic expressions within a historical
- Examine the influences of intellectual,
religious, political, and socio-economic forces on social, cultural, and
- Identify major historical developments in
world cultures during the eras of antiquity to the Renaissance.
- Use technology and information resources to
research issues in the study of world cultures.
- Write clearly and concisely about world
cultures using proper writing mechanics.