World Cultures Assignment 2

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
    ; 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
    . 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

  1. The level to which the instructions were
  2. The extent to which all four (4) parts in
    the topic were addressed.
  3. The adequacy of information, examples, and
    details which support the general claim or main idea.
  4. The relevance of the explanations and
  5. The inclusion of three (3) required
    references (two additional sources besides your textbook) documented using APA
  6. 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
    page length.

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
    artistic expressions.
  • 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.