Humanities 3: Renaissance, the Reformation, and Early Modern Europe
Office Hours: W 12-2 or by appt @ Galbraith 184
Reading Hour: F 11-12 @ TBD
Lecture: MWF, 10-10:50 @ Peterson 110
Course Syllabus 2019 (forthcoming)
All information, including lecture slides, handouts, and essay prompts will be posted on TritonEd.
You are required to use the selected translations & editions of the text. Books can be purchased at the PC Bookstore:
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, trans Parks (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, Twelfth Night (Pelican)
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (Hackett)
John Milton, Paradise Lost (Oxford)
Humanities Program Writing Handbook
Essay 1—25% (Posted 9/27, Due 10/21)
Essay 2—30% (Posted 10/21, Due 11/15)
Exam Essay—10% (Posted 12/2, Due 12/13)
Exam Short Answers—20%
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.
Slides available on TritonEd
9/28 — Introduction
9/30-10/4 — Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
10/7-9 — Martin Luther, "Ninety-Five Theses"
10/11-16 — Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition
10/18-25 — Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection
"To the reader" & "On solitude" (I.39)
"On Experience" <excerpts> (III.13), "On the Cannibals" (I.31), & "On three kinds of social intercourse" (III.3)
On repenting" (III.2) & "On the lame" (III.11)
"On cruelty" (II.11)
10/28-11/1 — William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
11/4-6 — Francis Bacon, selections
11/8 — Mary Cavendish, selected poems
11/11 — Veteran's Day: No Lecture or Section
11/13 — English Politics of the 17th Century (forthcoming)
11/15-22 — Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
Introduction (p3-5) & Review and Conclusion (¶17)
Chapters 1 (¶1-2), 5 (¶1-2), & 6
Chapters 13-14, 17, & 18 (¶1-15)
Chapters 21-22 & 29
11/15-22 — John Milton, Paradise Lost (Guide)
11/29 — Thanksgiving Holiday: No Lecture
12/2-12/6 — John Milton, Paradise Lost continued
12/13 — Final Exam: Friday, 8-11
Complementary Course Materials
On faith & embodiment: Ruth Graham, "The Professor Wore a Hijab in Solidarity — Then Lost Her Job," New York Times, October 13, 2016
On Luther's use of media: Tanya Mohn, "Long Before Twitter, Martin Luther Was a Media Pioneer," New York Times, October 28, 2016
Michel de Montaigne
Montaigne on a Good Prince: Letter from Montaigne to King Henry IV
Reading Montaigne: Sarah Bakewell, How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer (Amazon)
Montaigne & Ethnocentrism: Adam Etinson, "Of Cannibals, Kings, and Culture: The Problem of Ethnocentricity," New York Times, February 17, 2013
On Solitude: Kate Murphy, "No Time to Think," New York Times, July 25, 2014
Divine Right Theory of Kingship: James I, Speech before Parliament (1609)
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.
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.
For information about the Humanities Program at Revelle College, visit the program’s website.