Human and Environment in Greco-Roman Antiquity
CLCV 327/ ESPN 249 (10)/ COLL 300
Spring 2018
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Course Assignments
Weekly Responses
Oral Presentation
Visitor Engagement
Final Project

Weekly Responses

Due once a week (M or W, your choice), a paragraph (100-200 words) on the readings assigned for the day. You may formulate questions or comment on some particularly interesting passage, theme, or trope. Do not simply summarize the readings, but bring something to the discussion. The assignment is open-ended—intended to encourage greater preparation for class—you must submit one paragraph per week, and I do expect greater sophistication as the term progresses.

Oral Presentation

Each student will give a brief oral presentation (10-15 minutes) on some topic relevant to this course. Handouts are always a good idea!

presentations will be assessed according to the following rubric See here for presentation topics

Visitor Engagement

The COLL 300 on-campus experience is organized around a series of three visitors who will participate in a number of on-campus activities with COLL 300 students in addition to their public talks. For each visitor, there will be relevant reading/video assignments to inform our classroom discussions (these discussions will occur both before the visitor comes to campus and after the visitor’s public talk), and we are all expected to attend each of the three public talks. By signing up for this class, you are committing yourself to attending these three talks.

Visitor talks occur at 5:00 p.m. in the Commonwealth Auditorium on the WEDNESDAY of their campus visits.

Our challenge is to connect our course material to the visitor experience in a meaningful and scholarly way. This is intended to bring ALL of us out of our academic “comfort zones” in a productive way.

In addition, you will submit a brief, thoughtful essay that considers the work of the visitors from the perspective of our own class. These short essays (3-4 pages, 25 points each) are due within ONE WEEK after the public talk.

Final Project

As the extent and complexity of your proposal warrants, you may work individually or in small groups to produce a project of your choice (research paper, webpage, mock wiki entry, mapping, video, blog, song, painting, etc.). Your project will underscore class themes or explore more deeply an author, theory, environmental stress, or solution to an environmental stress. Please note the following deadlines:

Grades will be assessed on the following rubric:

you must deal with both primary evidence (ancient texts and/or archaeological remains) as well as secondary scholarship (modern research). Please also note that you will be held to a high standard in terms of the number and quality of your sources and your ability to cite them adequately.

Every student will participate in the COLL 300 end-of-term Academic Festival, an opportunity to share your own work and to see how other COLL 300 students have engaged with the theme of sustainability. By signing up for this class, you are committing yourself to participate in the COLL 300 Academic Festival. You should prepare a poster, powerpoint, or some other visual that summarizes and presents your research.


Students enrolled in this course to fulfill the major writing requirement will produce a lengthy annotated research paper (20-30 pages) treating some aspect of Ecology in the Ancient World. The topics are open, but note the following deadlines:

Quizzes and Exams

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