HISTORY 219 - The Philippines: Culture and History
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is an introduction to the historical formation and cultural complexity of the Philippines. It surveys major periods in Philippine history, paying particular attention to their cultural dimensions. Starting with the inclusion of the archipelago in Asian maritime trade, to becoming a colony of Spain, through the American colonial period, and arriving at the post-colonial present, we will draw from primary source materials, historiography, ethnography, literary works and popular culture to examine the cultural effects of processes and events such as: religious conversion and colonial encounter; revolution and nationalism; U.S. Imperialism; hybridity and language; regional, class, and identity formation; modernity, globalization, and migration. Of continued reflection throughout the course will be the recurring problems and challenges of trying to study a place and people comprised of such incredible diversity in historical experience and cultural life.

Course Requirements: Students are expected to have completed all required readings before each lecture. Attendance is required and participation will constitute 10% of the student’s final grade. Written requirements include 6 quizzes (two of which will be “pop” quizzes. Take-home midterm exam in which students will choose 3 questions out of four or five and write answers of 3-5 pg each (9-15 pgs total). They will receive feedback on their exposition, including proper citation technique covered earlier in the term. Final assignment will be a research paper of 10-12 pgs on a relevant topic of their own choosing. Students must consult with me in person during the first half of the academic term to discuss possible topics; then submit an abstract and a bibliography by the 10th week; then submit a detailed outline by the 12th week and with feedback on their outline, submit final papers by the final exam date.

Intended Audience: This course will be appropriate for a wide range of students, but especially those interested or concentrating/minoring in Asian Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Anthropology.

Class Format: Class meets 3 hours per week and consists primarily of lectures, although students will be strongly encouraged to participate by asking questions and offering insight where relevant.

HISTORY 219 - The Philippines: Culture and History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 0742510247
State and society in the Philippines, Author: Patricio N. Abinales ; Donna J. Amoroso, Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publ. 2005
ISBN: 0521646227
Power and intimacy in the Christian Philippines, Author: Fenella Cannell., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 1998
ISBN: 0143039695
Noli me tangere = Touch me not, Author: Jose Rizal ; translated, with an introduction and notes by Harold Augenbraum., Publisher: Penguin Group 2006
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