Humanities 5: Modern Culture
Summer II, 2015
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(*) 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)
Paper 1—20% (Due 8/13)
Paper 2—30% (Due 8/27)
Exam Essay Question
Students must fulfill all course requirements in order to pass the course.
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
(*) Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
(*) Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science §125
(B) Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist, p123-199
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
John Lanchester, "Marx at 193," London Review of Books, April 5, 2012
TS Eliot and Modernism
Stravinsky and The Rite of Spring: Radiolab, September 24, 2007. Story begins around 27:40.
Albert Camus and Algeria
Joshua Hammer, "Why Is Camus Still a Stranger in his Native Algeria?" Smithsonian Magazine, October 2013
Claire Messud, "Camus & Algeria: The Moral Question," New York Review of Books, November 7, 2013
Albert Camus and The Fall
Ghent Altarpiece: Closer to Van Eyck
Songs of Black Liberation (Playlist)
Videos from 8/19 Lecture: (1) Plymouth Rock, (2) Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?, (3) Black Nationalism, (4) Not About Black and White, (5) Founding OAAU, (6) Human Problem, (7) Oxford Union Debate [27:50+]
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (Amazon)
The Feminine Mystique in the 21st century
Anne-Marie Slaughter, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," Atlantic Monthly, July 2012
Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In (Amazon)
On Dylan and the appropriation of old material in song and text: Chris Francescani, "Bob Dylan's 'Da Vinci Code'Revealed," Daily Beast, May 2013
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.