Humanities 5: Modern Culture
Office Hours: TBD @Galbraith 184 or by appt
Reading Hour: TBD
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)
Essay 1—20% (Due X/X)
Essay 2—30% (Due X/X)
Exam Essay Questions
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.
(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
Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto, §1,2, & 4
4/12-17 — God Is Dead, and We Killed Him
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science §125
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist, p123-199
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
John Lanchester, "Marx at 193," London Review of Books, April 5, 2012
TS Eliot & Modernism
Poetry attempts to capture the horrors of fighting in WW1: Wilfred Owen, "Dulce et Decorum Est"
Stravinsky and The Rite of Spring: Radiolab, September 24, 2007 (story begins at 27:40)
Major source for Eliot: Jessie Weston's From Ritual to Romance
The Plague today: Prospero, "How 'The Plague' infects the modern political mood," The Economist, April 21, 2017
The Battle of Algiers
Michael T Kaufman, "What Does the Pentagon See in 'Battle of Algiers'?" New York Times, September 7, 2003
The Feminine Mystique: the conversation continues...
Anne-Marie Slaughter, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," Atlantic Monthly, July 2012
Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In (Amazon)
Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Case for Reparations," The Atlantic Monthly, June 2014
Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration," The Atlantic Monthly, October 2015
Ta-Nehisi Coates, "My President Was Black," The Atlantic Monthly, January/February 2017
Interview by Ezra Klein: "I'm a big believer in chaos," Vox, December 19, 2016
Lebron James on racism, June 1, 2017 (Youtube)
James Baldwin documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, is now streaming!
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.
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.
For information about the Humanities Program at Revelle College, visit the program’s website.