Humanities 5: Modern Culture

Spring 2017


Course Requirements


Antony Lyon

Email: alyon@ucsd.edu 

Office Hours: Tuesday 10-11:30 & Wednesday, 9-10:30 @Galbraith 184 or by appt



Lecture: MWF 11-11:50 @Center 101

TA & Section Schedule

Course Syllabus (update 5/17)

Required Books

  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ, trans. Hollingdale (Penguin)
  • 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)
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (Text Publishing)

Course Requirements

  • Section/Participation—10%
  • Weekly Assignments—5%
  • Paper 1—20% (Due 5/3)
  • Paper 2—30% (Due 5/22)
  • Final Exam—35%
    • Exam Essay Questions

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


Class Schedule

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

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

6/16 —  Final Exam, Friday 11:30-2:30


Complementary Course Materials

Introduction

Karl Marx & Capitalism Today

  • John Lanchester, "Marx at 193," London Review of Books, April 5, 2012

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
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.

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 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.