Humanities 1: The Foundations of Western Civilization — Israel and Greece
Office Hours: Wed 9-11, or by appt @ Galbraith 184
Lecture: MWF 12-12:50p @ Warren Lecture Hall 2001
In this course, you must use the selected translations & editions of the text. Books can be purchased at the PC Bookstore:
- Homer, Odyssey, trans. Fagles (Penguin)
- Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. George (Penguin)
- New Oxford Annotated Bible (or any New Revised Standard Version edition)
- The Complete Plays of Sophocles, trans. Bagg & Scully (Harper Perennial)
- Plato, Gorgias, trans. Waterfield (Oxford)
- Humanities Program Writing Handbook
- Section/Participation — 10%
- Weekly Assignments — 5%
- Essay 1 — 15% (Due 1/31)
- Essay 2 — 20% (Due 2/21)
- Essay 3 — 20% (Due 3/9)
- Final Exam — 30%
CAPE: If the Response Rate reaches 80%, I will post one of the Short Answer questions from the exam.
- Here are a few questions, I'd appreciate getting feedback on
- Current Response Rate: 81.8% (260/318) as of 3/16
- Thank you for participating! I appreciate it. -AL
- Short Answer: Select one text from the course and explain the role that fortune plays in it.
- Technology Policy. The use of laptops, tablets, & smartphones is not permitted in lecture and discussion section. Exceptions will be made by the professor on a case-by-case basis.
- Grade Policy. Students must fulfill all course requirements in order to pass the course.
- 1/8 — Introduction to the Humanities (slides)
- 1/10 — Homer & The Trojan War (Odyssey, Bk1-4) (slides)
- 1/12 — The Hero Odysseus (Odyssey, Bk5-9)
- 1/15 — No Class, Martin Luther King Jr Day
- 1/17 — The Savage & the Civilized (Odyssey, Bk10-14)
- 1/19 — The Oikos (Odyssey, Bk15-19)
- 1/22 — Restoration (Odyssey, Bk20-24)
- 1/24 — Myths of the Great Flood (Gilgamesh, p1-54) (slides)
- 1/26 — The Hero Gilgamesh (Gilgamesh, p54-100)
- 2/5 — Covenant & Deception (Genesis 25-50)
- 2/7 — Exodus: Out of Slavery (Exodus 1-15) (slides)
- 2/9 — The Hero Moses (Exodus 16-25, 32-34, & Deut 34)
- 2/12 — The Kingship (1 Samuel) (slides)
- 2/14 — David's Kingdom (2 Samuel & 1 Kings 1-3)
- 2/16 — The Prophets (Jonah & Isaiah 1-6) (slides)
- 2/19 — No Class, Presidents' Day
- 2/21 — Athenian Democracy (*Thucydides, Course Reserves) (slides)
- 2/23 — The Real Tragedy of Oedipus, Pt1 (Sophocles, Oedipus the King) (slides)
- 2/26 — The Real Tragedy of Oedipus, Pt 2
- 2/28 — The Damage of War, Pt1 (Sophocles, Aias) (slides)
- 3/2 — The Damage of War, Pt2 (Sophocles, Philoktetes)
- 3/5 — The Damage of War, Pt3
- 3/7 — Plato 101 (Plato, Gorgias, p3-38) (slides)
- 3/9 — The Pleasant & the Good, Pt 1 (Gorgias, p39-64) (slides)
- 3/12 — The Pleasant & the Good, Pt 2 (Gorgias, p65-100)
- 3/14 — The Pleasant & the Good, Pt 3 (Gorgias, p101-135)
- 3/16 — Conclusions
- 3/21 — Final Exam, 11:30-2:30
Complementary Course Materials
- On Emily Wilson's new translation: "The First Woman to Translate the Odyssey into English," Wyatt Mason, New York Times Magazine, November 2, 2017
- Film: O Brother Where Art Thou? (IMDB), and "The Man of Constant Sorrow" (YouTube)
- Romantic Poetry: Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Ulysses"
- Modern Poetry: Ocean Vuong, "Telemachus"
- The Gift: Marcel Maus's "The Gift: Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies." Classic anthropology essay on the gift economy
- Emily Wilson's version of Odysseus weeping (Bk8)
- Flood (Sources separated), from Richard Elliott Friedman, Who Wrote the Bible? (Course Reserves)
- Abraham: Soren Kierkegaard, excerpt from Fear & Trembling
- Video Op-ed: "Theater of War: A Warrior's Last Words," The New York Times, May 26, 2017
Academic Integrity Policy
The UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship must be observed for this course. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to the following: turning in another student’s paper as if it was your own; collaboration with another student in writing the paper; quoting, paraphrasing, or borrowing ideas from published or unpublished material written by someone other than yourself, without specific acknowledgment of the source. In the Humanities Program, you are to write papers entirely on your own study of the assigned materials, NOT on secondary sources of any kind.
If you need accommodation for disability or religious reasons, please see me as soon as possible so that the appropriate arrangements can be made.
For information about Revelle College’s Humanities Program, including administrative information & schedules, please visit the program’s website.