We are learning how to analyze and interpret works in the humanities not only to improve our skills at analysis and our knowledge, but to excite our curiosity and the expand our life horizons, so to speak. Here is how to start:

The Final Project will involve identifying two works that interest you, and then developing a theme for a research project and essay. (I would like for these two subjects to be on World War 2 and the Degenerate Art Exhibit, 1937) Begin thinking about the works, the topics, ideas, events that spark your interests, curiosity, and imagination. Browse the entire course and all pages in both required Activities and Additional Resources. Ask the instructor questions.

Try to select works, and develop a theme, that you would like to learn more about after this class is over. Week 7 and 8 (and remember Week 8 is 3-days in duration) will be devoted to the Final Project. Feel free to ask questions in the forum area at any time.

Select two works studied in the course that interest you within the following guidelines. Think about why these works interest you. Jot down some ideas. Are you interested in women’s rights and feminism? The history of the Civil War?

The French Revolution? African American history and literature? The genre of the slave narratives? History of art or art its social significance? The influence of the Enlightenment on politics and philosophy? The history of religion? The history of art? There are many other topics to examine. NEXT, DEVELOP A THEME. HERE ARE SOME IDEAS. WE WILL DEVELOP SOME IDEAS IN THE FORUM IN WEEK 8. PLEASE GO TO THIS FORUM NOW AND BEGIN THINKING ABOUT WHAT THEME AND WORKS YOU WILL SELECT. SAMPLE FINAL PROJECT TOPICS ARE PROVIDED. Select TWO WORKS from among works studied in the class from Week 2 through 7 . Try to choose two different kinds of works. Develop the theme of your Final Project according to the above instructions. Share your ideas in the forum and request instructor feedback. This​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​ project will involve some research. You should cite your sources. Use MLA or APA formats.

Write an essay, WORD DOC, of at least 1500-3000 words with the following structure:

PART 1 (INTRODUCTION) In the first paragraph: identify which works you will analyze and interpret/compare and contrast. And state/explain the topic that you will address Also, in the first paragraph explain something about your interests. Why did you selected these works and this topic? (You will come back to this question later in the essay in the reflection.) Go into detail. Explain to the reader where you are going with the essay and what you would like to learn about.

PART 2 (DESCRIPTION, ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION) Begin with a description and explanation of the context(s) of the works/events you are addressing. Use the framework, ‘Who?’, ‘What?’, ‘Where?’, and ‘When?’ for guidance. There are no hard and fast rules here. But demonstrate what you have learned about these works/events and explain relevant aspects of context as you develop analysis, interpretation and comparison and contrast related to your topic. As you move to questions of significance and meaning, analysis and interpretation should describe some key aspects of the historical and cultural context of the works/events. Are there ideas, theories, events or other historical or cultural background relevant to comprehension and interpretation of the work? What are these? How do these ideas, theories, events apply to the work? Identify aspects of the works that directly relate to the key question or topic. Focus on these and explain. Also, are there interpretations or ideas of your own that you would like to share? Please explain these as well. This will lead us into the last part of the essay.

PART 3 (REFLECTION AND FUTURE LEARNING) Reflect on what you have learned from this analysis. Try to relate your analysis and interpretation to your own experience. What does this mean for you? Do you have remaining questions? Are you curious about something? Do you want to research something further? Explain the direction and progress of your learning​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​.