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

fall 2018


Course Requirements


Antony Lyon

Email: alyon@ucsd.edu

Office Hours: W 12-2 or by appt @ Galbraith 184

Reading Hour: F 11-12 @ Art of Espresso (Mandeville)



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

TA & Section Schedule

Course Syllabus 2018

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—10%

  • Essay 1—25% (Posted 10/5, Due 10/19)

  • Essay 2—25% (Posted 11/2, Due 11/16)

  • Exam Essay—10% (Posted 12/7, Due 12/14)

  • Exam Short Answers—20%

Class Policies

  • 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.


Class Schedule

Slides available on TritonEd

9/28 — Introduction: To Thine Own Self Be True

10/1-5 — We Live In A Political World

  • Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

10/8-12 — In A New World

  • Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition

10/15 — The Protestant Reformation

10/17-26 — Assay Everything & Start With Yourself

  • Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection

  • "To the reader" & "On solitude" (I.39)

  • "That it is madness to judge..." (I.27), "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)

10/29-11/2 — Concerning the Machine

11/5-9 — “I am not that I play”

  • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

  • Theatrical performance (forthcoming)

11/12 — Veteran's Day: No Lecture or Section

11/14-26 — Sovereignty, Rights, & Security

  • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

  • Introduction (p3-5) & Review and Conclusion (¶17)

  • Chapters 1 (¶1-2), 5 (¶1-2), & 6

  • Chapters 13-14, 16-17, & 18 (¶1-15)

  • Chapters 21-22 & 29

11/23 — Thanksgiving Holiday: No Lecture

11/28-12/7 — Living In A Fallen World

  • John Milton, Paradise Lost (Narrative Guide forthcoming)

    • The Verse (p3), Bk I (all), Bk II (1-628), Bk III (1-343)

    • Bk IV (all), Bk V (1-245, 468-576, 772-812), Bk VI (149-188), Bk VII (1-39)

    • Bk VIII (all), Bk IX (all), Bk X (1-521, 720-1104)

    • Bk XI (none), Bk XII (1-96, 466-649)

12/14 — Final Exam: Friday, 8-11


Complementary Course Materials

Martin Luther

Michel de Montaigne

Against Tyranny

John Milton


Additional Information

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.

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

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.

Humanities Program

For information about the Humanities Program at Revelle College, visit the program’s website.