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

fall 2016


Course Requirements


Antony Lyon

Email: alyon@ucsd.edu

Office Hours: WF, 9-10 or by appt @ Galbraith 184



Lecture: MWF, 11-11:50 @ Solis 107

TA & Section Schedule

Course Syllabus (Update 10/14)

Required Texts
(*) Course Reader (available here)

(B) Books that can be purchased from the PC Bookstore

  • Nicollò Machiavelli, The Prince, trans. G. Bull (Penguin)
  • Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition, trans. F. Bandelier (Penguin)
  • Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection, trans. MA Screech (Penguin)
  • William Shakespeare, The Tempest (Signet)
  • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (Hackett)
  • John Milton, Paradise Lost (Oxford) 

Course Requirements

  • Section/Participation—10%
  • Weekly Assignments—5%
  • Paper 1—20% (Due 10/24)
  • Paper 2—30% (Due 11/14)
  • Final Exam—35%
    • Exam Essay Questions

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


Class Schedule

^ Denotes a change from the original syllabus

*Slides taken down 12/12/16

9/23 — Introduction: Old Authority, New Worlds

9/26-10/3 — We Live In A Political World

  • (B) Nicollò Machiavelli, The Prince
  • (*) Nicollò Machiavelli, Selections from The Discourses (Course Reserves)

^10/5-12 — In A New World

^10/17-21 — Protestant Reformation: Here I Stand, I Can Do No Other

^10/24-31 — Assay Everything, Start With Yourself

  • (B) Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection
  • "To the reader," "On solitude" (I.39), "On three kinds of social intercourse" (III.3) 
  • "On the resemblance of children to their fathers" (II.37), "On repenting" (III.2), "On the Cannibals" (I.31)
  • "That it is madness to judge..." (I.27), "On cruelty" (II.11), "On the lame" (III.11)

11/2-7 — Old Magician In A New World

  • (B) William Shakespeare, The Tempest
  • Theatrical performance (Course Reserves)

11/9-18 — Sovereignty, Rights, And Security

  • (B) Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan: TH's Introduction (p3-5), Chapters 1 (¶1-2), 5 (¶1-2), 6, 13-14, 16-17, 18 (¶1-15), 21-22, 29, Review and Conclusion (¶17)
  • No Class, Veteran’s Day: Friday, November 11th

11/21-12/2 —  Living In A Fallen World

  • (B) John Milton, Paradise Lost, Books 1-10
  • No Class, Thanksgiving Holiday: Friday, November 25th

12/6 — Final Exam: Tuesday, 11:30-2:30


Complementary Course Materials

Martin Luther

Michel de Montaigne

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.

Also, students agree that by taking this course all required essays will be subject to submission for textual 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.