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

Winter 2018


Course Requirements


Antony Lyon

Email: alyon@ucsd.edu

Office Hours: Wed 9-11, or by appt @ Galbraith 184



Lecture: MWF 12-12:50p @ Warren Lecture Hall 2001

TA & Section Schedule

Course Syllabus

Required Texts

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

Course Requirements

  • Section/Participation — 10%
  • Weekly Assignments — 5%
    • "Before Essay 1" Instructions
  • Essay 1 — 15% (Posted 1/17, Due 1/29)
  • Essay 2 — 20% (Posted 2/5, Due 2/21)
  • Essay 3 — 20% (Posted 2/23, Due 3/9)
  • Final Exam — 30%
    • Exam Essay Questions (Posted 3/14)

Class Policies

  • 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.

Class SchedulE

  • 1/8 — Introduction to the Humanities
  • 1/10 — Homer & The Trojan War (Odyssey, Bk1-4)
  • 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)
  • 1/26 — The Hero Gilgamesh (Gilgamesh, p54-100)
  • 1/29 — Who Wrote the Hebrew Scriptures?
  • 1/31 —  Creation & The Fall 1 (Genesis 1-11)
  • 2/2 — Creation & The Fall 2 (Genesis 12-24)
  • 2/5 — Covenant & Deception (Genesis 25-50)
  • 2/7 —  Exodus: Out of Slavery (Exodus 1-15)
  • 2/9 —  The Hero Moses (Exodus 16-25, 32-34, & Deut 34)
  • 2/12 — The Kingship (1 Samuel)
  • 2/14 —  David's Kingdom (2 Samuel & 1 Kings 1-3)
  • 2/16 —  The Prophets (Jonah & Isaiah 1-6)
  • 2/19 — No Class, Presidents' Day
  • 2/21 — Athenian Democracy (*Thucydides, Course Reserves)
  • 2/23 — The Real Tragedy of Oedipus, Pt1 (Sophocles, Oedipus the King)
  • 2/26 — The Real Tragedy of Oedipus, Pt 2
  • 2/28 —  The Damage of War, Pt1 (Sophocles, Aias)
  • 3/2 —  The Damage of War, Pt2 (Sophocles, Philoktetes)
  • 3/5 — The Damage of War, Pt3
  • 3/7 —  Plato 101 (Plato, Gorgias, p3-38)
  • 3/9 — The Pleasant & the Good, Pt 1 (Gorgias, p39-64)
  • 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

Odyssey

Gilgamesh

Hebrew Scriptures


Additional Information

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.

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 turnitin.com is subject to the terms of use agreement posted on its website.

Accommodation
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 Revelle College’s Humanities Program, including administrative information & schedules, please visit the program’s website.