Humanities 1: The Foundations of Western Civilization — Israel and Greece

Winter 2019


Course Requirements


Antony Lyon

Email: alyon@ucsd.edu

Office Hours: W 12-2, or by appt @ Galbraith 184

Reading Hour: Th 2-3 @ Location TBD



Lecture: Tu/Th 12:30-1:50p @ Solis 107

TA & Section Schedule

Course Syllabus (forthcoming)

Required Texts

You are required to use the selected translations & editions of the text. Books can be purchased at the PC Bookstore:

  • Homer, Odyssey, trans Wilson (Norton)

  • 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

Course Requirements

  • Section/Participation — 10%

  • Pre-Class Assignments — 10%

    • "Before Essay 1" Instructions (Posted 1/8)

  • Essay 1 — 10% (Posted 1/10, Due 1/24)

  • Essay 2 — 20% (Posted 1/29, Due 2/14)

  • Essay 3 — 25% (Posted 2/19, Due 3/5)

  • Exam Essay — 10% (Posted 3/12, Due 3/19)

  • Exam Short Answers — 15% (In-class 3/19)

Class Policies

  • Technology Policy. The use of laptops, tablets, & smartphones is not permitted in lecture and discussion section. Accommodations can be made on case-by-case basis, please discuss with the professor.

  • Grade Policy. Students must fulfill all course requirements in order to pass the course


Class SchedulE

  • 1/8 — Introduction to the Humanities

  • 1/10 — The Hero Odysseus (Odyssey, Bk1-8)

  • 1/15 — The Savage & the Civilized (Odyssey, Bk9-16)

  • 1/17 — The Oikos (Odyssey, Bk17-24)

  • 1/22 — Restoration in Ithaca

  • 1/24 — Who Wrote the Hebrew Scriptures?

  • 1/29 — Into Civilization (Genesis 1-24)

  • 1/31 — Covenant & Deception (Genesis 25-50)

  • 2/5 — Exodus: Out of Slavery (Exodus 1-15)

  • 2/7 — The Hero Moses (Exodus 16-25, 32-34, & Deut 34)

  • 2/12 — The Kingship (1 Samuel & Jonah)

  • 2/14 — David's Kingdom (2 Samuel & 1 Kings 1-3)

  • 2/19 — Athenian Politics & Theatre

  • 2/21 — The Real Tragedy of Oedipus (Sophocles, Oedipus the King)

  • 2/26 — The Damage of War, Pt1 (Sophocles, Aias)

  • 2/28 — The Damage of War, Pt2 (Sophocles, Philoktetes)

  • 3/5 — The Apology of Socrates (Plato, Apology, on TritonEd)

  • 3/7 — The Pleasant & the Good, Pt 1 (Gorgias, pp3-64)

  • 3/12 — The Pleasant & the Good, Pt 2 (Gorgias, p65-135)

  • 3/14 — Course Conclusion

  • 3/19 — Final Exam, 11:30a-2:30p


Complementary Course Materials

Odyssey

Hebrew Scriptures

Sophocles' Aias


Additional Information

Academic Integrity Policy
TheUCSD 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 explicit acknowledgment of the source. In the Humanities Program, you are to write papers based on your own study of the assigned materials, not on secondary sources.

Students agree that by taking this course all required essays will be subject to text-similarity review on Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted essays will be included as source documents in the turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of essays. Use of the service is subject to the terms of use agreement posted on its website. 

Inclusion & Accommodation
I value an inclusive classroom environment in which everyone shows respect to each other as persons and scholars. If you need accommodation for disability or religious reasons, please see me as soon as possible so that the appropriate arrangements can be made.

Humanities Program

For information about the Humanities Program at Revelle College, visit the program’s website.