Humanities 5: Modern Culture

Spring 2019


Course Requirements


Antony Lyon

Email: alyon@ucsd.edu 

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

Reading Hour: F 11-11:50 @Location TBD



Lecture: M-W-F 10-10:50 @Solis 107

TA & Section Schedule

Course Syllabus

Required Texts

You are required to use the selected translations & editions of the texts. Books can be purchased at the PC Bookstore: 

  • Albert Camus, The Fall, trans O’Brien (Vintage)

  • Malcolm X w/ Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Random House)

  • Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (Norton, 50th Anniversary Edition)

  • Humanities Program Writing Handbook

Course Requirements

  • Participation—10%

  • Pre-Class Assignments—5%

  • Essay 1—25% (Due 5/3)

  • Essay 2—30% (Due 5/24)

  • Exam Essay—15% (Due 6/10)

  • Exam Short Answer—15%

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.

  • All course material, including lecture, is the intellectual property of the professor. Course notes are only for personal use. Any reproduction or distribution of them is prohibit


Class Schedule 2019

4/1 — From the Republic of Conscience

  • Seamus Heaney, "From the Republic of Conscience" in Selected Poems 1966-1986

4/3-8 — Reckoning with Capitalism

  • Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto, §1,2, & 4

4/10 — God Is Dead, and We Killed Him

  • Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science §125

4/12 — World War 1

  • Robert Graves, selections from Goodbye to All That

4/15-19 — Modernity, or the Big Letdown

  • TS Eliot, "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock"

  • TS Eliot, "The Waste Land" (PDF) (Website)

4/22-29 — Modern Fall

  • Albert Camus, "Return to Tipasa" & selection from Myth of Sisyphus

  • Albert Camus, The Fall

5/1-3 — The Algerian Question

  • Albert Camus, Selections from Algerian Chronicles

  • The Battle of Algiers [Film] (Stream on Course Reserves)

5/6-13 — On Being Free

  • Malcolm X with Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

5/15-20 — Feminism

  • Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (Ch 1, 6, 8-12, 14)

5/22-24 — Poetry of Earth & Conscience

  • Seamus Heaney, selected poems & “Crediting Poetry”

5/27 — No Lecture & section, Memorial Day

5/29-6/7 —  New Poets Series

  • Selected poems from Kevin Young, Ada Limón, Ocean Vuong, Layli Long Soldier, & Jenny Xie

6/10 —  Final Exam, Monday, 8-11a


Complementary Course Materials

  • forthcoming


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.