Humanities 5: Modern Culture

Spring 2019

Course Requirements

Antony Lyon


Office Hours: TBD @Galbraith 184 or by appt

Reading Hour: TBD

Lecture: forthcoming

TA & Section Schedule

Course Syllabus (forthcoming)

Required Texts (Revisions for 2019 forthcoming)

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

  • Albert Camus, The Plague, trans. Gilbert (Vintage)

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

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

Course Requirements (Revisions for 2019 forthcoming)

  • Section/Participation—10%

  • Weekly Assignments—5%

  • Essay 1—20% (Due X/X)

  • Essay 2—30% (Due X/X)

  • Final Exam—35%

    • Exam Essay Questions

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

(2017 Version. Revisions for 2019 forthcoming.)

4/3 — Introduction: The Republic of Conscience

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

4/5-10 — Reckoning with Capitalism

4/12-17 — God Is Dead, and We Killed Him

4/19-24 — Modernity, or the Big Letdown

4/26-5/1 — Saving Bodies

  • Albert Camus, "Return to Tipasa" (Course Reserves)

  • Albert Camus, The Plague

5/3-5 — The Algerian Question

  • Albert Camus, Selections from Algerian Chronicles (Course Reserves)

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

5/8-15 — Claiming Dignity, Equality, & Freedom

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

5/19-24 — Feminism

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

5/26-31 — Poetry of Earth & Conscience

  • Seamus Heaney, selections from Selected Poems 1966-1987, & Selected Poems 1988-2013, & "Crediting Poetry" in Opened Ground (Course Reserves)

  • No Class, Monday, May 29th — Memorial Day

6/2-5 —  "In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body"

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

6/7-9 — Marketing Life

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop [Film] (Stream on Course Reserves)

6/16 —  Final Exam, Friday 11:30-2:30

Complementary Course Materials


Karl Marx & Capitalism Today

TS Eliot & Modernism

Albert Camus

The Battle of Algiers

Malcolm X

The Feminine Mystique: the conversation continues...

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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 for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted essays will be included as source documents in the 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.