Humanities 3: Renaissance, the Reformation, and Early Modern Europe

fall 2017

Course Requirements

Antony Lyon


Office Hours: W 8:30-10:30 or by appt @ Galbraith 184

Lecture: MWF, 11-11:50 @ Galbraith 242

TA & Section Schedule

Course Syllabus (edit 9/21)

Required Text

  • Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, trans. Bull (Penguin)
  • Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition, trans. Bandelier (Penguin)
  • Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection, trans. Screech (Penguin)
  • William Shakespeare, The Tempest (Pelican)
  • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (Hackett)
  • John Milton, Paradise Lost (Oxford)
  • Humanities Program Writing Handbook

Course Requirements

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

CAPE Response Rate. If the class total response rate reaches 80%, then I will post one of the exam's short answer questions here.

Thank you to everyone who participated in CAPE. Though you came one person shy of the goal, here's a short answer question:

  • Explain why Montaigne thinks cruelty is the "ultimate vice."

Class Schedule

  • 9/29 — Introduction: Old Authority, New Worlds (slides)
  • 10/2-4 — We Live In A Political World (slides)
    • Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
  • 10/6 — The Scientific Revolution (Lecturer: Geoff West)
    • No Reading
  • 10/9 — The Prince continued
  • 10/11 — The Fragile Republic (slides)
  • 10/13 — In A New World (slides pt1 & pt2)
  • 10/16-18 — Cabeza de Vaca continued
  • 10/20 — The Protestant Reformation (slides)
  • 10/23-25 — The Freedom Of A Christian (slides)
  • 10/27 — Assay Everything. Start With Yourself. (slides)
    • Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection — "To the reader" & "On solitude" (I.39)
  • 10/30 — Montaigne continued
    • "On three kinds of social intercourse" (III.3), "On the Cannibals" (I.31), & "On repenting" (III.2)
  • 11/1 — Montaigne continued
    • "On the resemblance of children to their fathers" (II.37),"That it is madness to judge..." (I.27), & "On the lame" (III.11)
  • 11/3 — Montaigne continued
    • "On cruelty" (II.11)
  • 11/6 — Against Tyranny: Monarchy & Democracy (slides)
    • No Reading
  • 11/8 — Old Magician In A New World (slides)
  • 11/10 — Veteran's Day: No Lecture or Section
  • 11/13-15 — The Tempest continued
  • 11/17 — Sovereignty, Rights, & Security (slides)
    • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan , Introduction (p3-5) & Review and Conclusion (¶17)
  • 11/20 — Hobbes continued
    • Leviathan, Chapters 1 (¶1-2), 5 (¶1-2), & 6
  • 11/22 — Hobbes continued
    • Leviathan, Chapters 13-14, 16-17, & 18 (¶1-15)
  • 11/24 — Thanksgiving Holiday: No Lecture or Section
  • 11/27 — Hobbes continued
    • Leviathan, Chapters 21-22 & 29
  • 11/29-12/1 —  Living In A Fallen World (slides)
    • John Milton, Paradise Lost, Books 1-10
  • 12/4-6 — Milton continued
  • 12/8 — Course Conclusion
  • 12/12 — Final Exam: Tuesday, 11:30-2:30

Complementary Course Materials

Martin Luther

Michel de Montaigne

Against Tyranny

John Milton

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 for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted essays will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of essays. Use of is subject to the terms of use agreement posted on its website.

Additional Information
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.