Humanities 1: The Foundations of Western Civilization — Israel and Greece
Office Hours: W 12-2, or by appt @ Galbraith 184
Lecture: MWF 10-10:50a @Pepper Canyon 109
(B) Books that can be purchased from the PC Bookstore
- Homer, Odyssey, trans. Fagles (Penguin)
- Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. George (Penguin)
- New Oxford Annotated Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
- The Complete Plays of Sophocles, trans. Bagg & Scully (Harper Perennial)
- Plato, Gorgias, trans. Waterfield (Oxford)
- Section/Participation — 10%
- Weekly Assignments — 5%
- Paper 1 (Diagnostic) — 0% (Due 1/13)
- Paper 2 — 10% (Due 2/1)
- Paper 3 — 20% (Due 2/22)
- Paper 4 — 20% (Due 3/13)
- Final Exam — 35%
- Exam Essay Questions
- CAPE: If the class reaches 75% response rate, I'll post one of the Short Answer questions from the exam here. Current Rate: 81.0% (153/189) (on 3/17)
- Thank you for participating in CAPE!
- Short Answer: What are the three kinds of rules represented in the Ten Commandments? Describe one commandment of each kind.
Students must fulfill all course requirements in order to pass the course.
- 1/9 — Introduction to the Humanities
- 1/11 — Homer & The Trojan War (Odyssey, Bk1-4)
- 1/13 — The Hero Odysseus (Odyssey, Bk5-9)
- 1/16 — No Class, Martin Luther King Jr Day
- 1/18 — Barbarians, Civilization, & Utopia (Odyssey, Bk10-14)
- 1/20 — The Oikos (Odyssey, Bk15-19)
- 1/23 — Restoration (Odyssey, Bk20-24)
- 1/25 — Myths of the Great Flood (Gilgamesh, p1-54)
- 1/27 — The Hero Gilgamesh (Gilgamesh, p54-100)
- 1/30 — Writing Workshop
- 2/1 — Who Wrote the Hebrew Scriptures? (Genesis 1-11)
- 2/3 — Creation & The Fall (Genesis 12-24)
- 2/6 — Abraham & Jacob (Genesis 25-50)
- 2/8 — Exodus: Out of Slavery (Exodus 1-15)
- 2/10 — The Hero Moses (Exodus 16-25, 32-34, Deuteronomy 34)
- 2/13 — The Kingship (1 Samuel)
- 2/15 — David's Kingdom (2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1-3)
- 2/17 — The Prophets (Jonah)
- 2/20 — No Class, Presidents' Day
- 2/22 — Athenian Democracy (*Thucydides, Course Reserves)
- 2/24 — Reading Oedipus (Sophocles, Oedipus the King)
- 2/27 — The Real Tragedy of Oedipus
- 3/1 — The Damage of War (Sophocles, Aias)
- 3/3 — Alone Always in Pain (Sophocles, Philoktetes)
- 3/6 — Philoktetes continued
- 3/8 — Plato 101 (Plato, Gorgias, p3-38)[Ladder slide]
- 3/10 — The Pleasant & the Good, Pt 1 (Gorgias, p39-64)
- 3/13 — The Pleasant & the Good, Pt 2 (Gorgias, p65-100)
- 3/15 — The Pleasant & the Good, Pt 3 (Gorgias, p101-135)
- 3/17 — Conclusions
- 3/24 — Final Exam, 8-11a
Complementary Course Materials
- 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"
- Comic Book: ODY-C
- Marcel Maus's "The Gift: Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies." Classic anthropology essay on the gift economy
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 help with writing, administrative information, and schedules, please visit the program’s website.