Humanities 5A: Modern Culture

Tu/Th — Spring 2017

Course Requirements

Antony Lyon


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

Lecture: Tu/Th 2-3:20 @Solis 107

TA & Section Schedule

Course Syllabus: For updated schedule see below

Required Books

  • JS Mill, On Liberty
  • Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
  • Wagner, The Ring of Nibelung [Will Not Use]
  • Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
  • Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis and Other Stories
  • Jean-Paul Sartre, No Exit and Three Other Plays
  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

Course Requirements

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

Class Schedule

Week 1

  • 4/4 — Course Introduction: The Long 19th Century Revolutions (Lee)
  • 4/6 — JS Mill (Lee)
    • On Liberty

Week 2

  • 4/11 — Class canceled
  • 4/13 — Karl Marx (Lyon) (Slides)
    • The Communist Manifesto §1, 2, & 4

Week 3

  • 4/18 — Marx continued (Lyon)
  • 4/20 — Friedrich Nietzsche (Lyon) (Slides 1)
    • A Nietzsche Reader, p71-148, 167-262

Week 4

  • 4/25 — Nietzsche continued (Lyon) (Slides 2)
  • 4/27 — Franz Kafka (Giordano) (Slides)
    • "The Metamorphosis"

Week 5

Week 6

  • 5/9 — Eliot continued (Lyon)
  • 5/11 — Sigmund Freud (Lyon) (Slides 1)
    • Civilization and Its Discontents, p23-149

Week 7

Week 8

  • 5/23 — Jean-Paul Sartre (Henderson) (Slides)
    • The Flies
  • 5/25 — Simone de Beauvoir (Lyon) (Slides)
    • The Second Sex, p3-75, 721-766

Week 9

Week 10

  • 6/6 — Bob Dylan (Lyon) (Slides)
  • 6/8 — Conclusion (Lyon)

6/13 —  Final Exam, Tuesday 3-6

Complementary Course Materials

TS Eliot & Modernism

The Second Sex

James Baldwin

Bob Dylan


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collaboration with another student in writing the paper; quoting, paraphrasing, or borrowing ideas from published or unpublished material written by someone other than yourself, without specific acknowledgment of the source.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 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 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.