Humanities 5: Modern Culture

Summer II, 2015

Course Requirements

Antony Lyon 


Office Hours: Tu 1130-130 @ Mandeville Coffeecart

Lecture: M, Tu, W, Th 930-1050 @ Peterson 104 

Section: M, W 11-1150 @ Peterson 104

TA: David Henderson (

Course Syllabus

Required Texts
(*) Course Reader (available here)

  • Several selections are only available on the Library’s E-Reserves. Follow the links below to download PDFs or stream the media.

(B) Books that can be purchased from the PC Bookstore

  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ (Penguin Classics)

  • Albert Camus, The Fall (Vintage)

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

  • Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (Norton)

Course Requirements

  • Participation—12%

  • Journal—3%

  • Paper 1—20% (Due 8/13)

  • Paper 2—30% (Due 8/27)

  • Final Exam—35%

    • Exam Essay Question

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

Class Schedule

8/3:  Introduction: The Republic of Conscience

  • (*) Seamus Heaney, "From the Republic of Conscience" in Selections from Opened Ground (E-Reserves)

8/4-5:  Reckoning with Capitalism

8/6-10:  God Is Dead, and We Killed Him

8/11-12:  Modernity, or the Big Letdown

8/13:  Finding Yourself in Ruins

  • (*) Albert Camus, "Return to Tipasa" (E-Reserves)

8/17-18:  A Modern Confession

  • (B) Albert Camus, The Fall

8/19-24:  Claiming Dignity, Equality, and Freedom

  • (B) Malcolm X with Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

8/25-26:  On a "Good Woman"

  • (B) Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (Ch1, 6, 8-12, 14)

8/27:  They Say Sing While You Slave, and I Just Get Bored

8/31:  Poetry of Earth and Conscience

  • (*) Seamus Heaney, Selections from Opened Ground (E-Reserves)

  • (*) "The Settle Bed"

9/1-2:  Marketing Life

  • (*) Exit Through the Gift Shop (film) (E-Reserves)

9/3:  Conclusion and Course Review

9/4:  Final Exam, Friday 8-11

Complementary Course Materials

Karl Marx and Capitalism Today

TS Eliot and Modernism

Albert Camus and Algeria

Albert Camus and The Fall

Malcolm X

The Feminine Mystique in the 21st century

Bob Dylan

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.