INT 296S: A Schedule
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Käthe Kollwitz, “Mary
As we all know, motherhood is a lot
of work. But it’s rewarding, too. We hope that you will find our
assignments to be the same. Here’s what we are asking you all to do.
As we noted on the first day, each student
will be asked to create a multimedia project, a web page on a motherhood-related
theme and/or maternal figure, which will serve in lieu of a final exam.
Over the course of the semester, you will write several essays that help you
to develop the content (text and images) for this web page. Then, in February,
you will begin to learn the IT skills needed to make a page out of the material
you have developed.
We have given
you a list of possible topics for your project below. If you have a
different idea (a person or theme that interests you particularly), discuss
it with us (preferably in an email addressed to both profs) and draft a proposal,
after doing some preliminary research. Your topic MUST be limited to
a literary or historic maternal figure (or a topic related to maternity)
from the history and literature of North America or Europe only. Throughout
October and November, you will be doing research on your topic, finding both
historic and literary or artistic material that is related to the topic/figure.
Sept. 25th: Initial
paper proposal due, along with a preliminary Works Cited list for your literary
paper. You will hand in a paper topic proposal, which lists the literary
works that you intend to use in writing your essays and
constructing your page. Please give full citations.
Oct. 3rd: We have our next session in the Electronic Classroom.
You will learn to use Netscape Composer, and will be encouraged to search
for images online to use for your own web page.
Oct. 14th: You will hand in a 5-7 pp research paper, which summarizes,
discusses, and evaluates the literary or artistic material you found on your
topic, using MLA-style notes and a revised and refined Works Cited list.
Oct. 16th: In-class midterm: this will be a test (approx
60 minutes), consisting largely of term definitions and quotation identifications
and explanations, which will be drawn from the reading assignments discussed
during the first half of this course.
Oct. 16th: Your works cited list for your history paper is due this
day. You must prove (by including print outs from bibliographic data
bases) that you compiled this list using at LEAST one online bibliographic
data base, such as Historical Abstracts or America: History and Life.
Nov. 20th: Meet in Electronic Classroom. You will show us the progress
you’ve made on your web page, and have the chance to work on it some more.
Nov. 11th: A second essay (again 5-7 pp with MLA-style notes
and Works Cited) is due on your topic or theme, this time focusing on historic
or bibliographic source materials.
Nov. 20th: We meet again in the Electronic Classroom.
You will show the
class a rough draft of your web page with illustrations.
n.b. our aide from the CIT, will
be available for individual
appointments with any of
you throughout March and April, while you are
working on your web pages. You can sign up for appointments with her
Dec. 2nd: Second in class midterm, on the readings that were
covered since March 7th.
The Web page, along with any outstanding written
work, must be turned in no later than Dec. 15th.
Honors Option: this course can count
for an Honors Option course if your web page project is good enough, in our
opinion, to be posted on the class site.
Only projects that get a grade of B+ or higher
will be posted.
Suggest themes for web page topics:
1. Motherhood in a specific historic
period (e.g., the Greco-Roman period, medieval Europe, during the Renaissance,
the Industrial Revolution, Nazi Germany, Stalin's Soviet Union, the USSR
after 1945, ancient Rome or Greece, etc.).
2. The child's nurse, in both historic
and literary terms (this might include wet nurses).
3. The destructive or neglectful mother.
4. Any famous maternal person who meets
with our approval.
5. Men as mothers.
6. A particular historic figure as the
mother of her nation (e.g., Maria
Theresa of Austria, Elizabeth of England).
7. A famous mother-child pair.
8. Medical attitudes towards conception,
pregnancy and childbirth; the
transition from midwives to obstetricians. This might focus on classical,
medieval or Renaissance periods, in particular.
9. Midwifery during a specified period.
10. Breastfeeding vs. formula, now and in
the past (yes, it was a hot topic
even in the 18th century) . In the lit. paper for this project,
you would focus on the nurse as a literary figure.
The Web page assignment should include at
least the ffb:
paper 1 analysis of literary or artistic
paper 2 the historical or biographical information/background
Works Cited list, including citations for all illustrations
links to pertinent sites on the Internet
glossary or definitions of terms that
appear in your paper
a time line
image map (for those comfortable with
voice recording of an especially important
text or passage
Got any additional ideas? Just tell us about them. We're inclined to
creativity in our students.