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

fall 2018


Course Requirements


Antony Lyon

Email: alyon@ucsd.edu

Office Hours: XX or by appt @ Galbraith 184



Lecture: MWF, 10-10:50 @ Price Center Theatre

TA & Section Schedule

Course Syllabus 2017 Version

All information, including lecture slides, handouts, and essay prompts will be posted on TritonEd.

Required Texts

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. 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)
  • Blaise Pascal, The Pensées and Other Writings, trans. Levi
  • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (Pelican)
  • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (Hackett)
  • John Milton, Paradise Lost (Oxford)
  • Humanities Program Writing Handbook

Course Requirements

  • Section/Participation—10%
  • Weekly Assignments—5%
  • Essay 1—20% (Posted XX/XX, Due XX/XX)
  • Essay 2—30% (Posted XX/XX, Due XX/XX)
  • Final Exam—35%
    • Exam Essay Questions (Posted XX/XX)

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

2017 Version: Changes forthcoming

  • 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 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.

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.