HSTCMP 205 B: Filipino Histories

Summer 2022 A-term
to be arranged / * *
Section Type:
Joint Sections:
JSIS A 205 B
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

Course Introduction

This course seeks to introduce students to the histories, cultures and politics of Filipinos and the Philippines. We will examine such topics as pre-colonial societies, the imposition and transformation of Spanish colonial rule, the rise of nationalism, the Revolution and the First Republic, the Filipino-American war, the period of U.S. colonial rule, the Japanese occupation, the postcolonial period leading up to Martial Law, the recurrence of peasant, communist and Muslim rebellions, the beginnings of the Filipino diaspora, the surge of popularly backed coups in People Power I and II, and  the restoration of elite rule. It will also look at contemporary problems that arise from this long history amid changing conditions of neo-colonialism and postcolonial globalization.

Students will be expected to view all the video lectures, complete the readings, participate in topic discussions and write a four to five page paper for the final exam. By the end of the course, the hope is that you will be able to gain some understanding of the history of the Philippines within a comparative and global frame. Such an understanding will supply you with the basic skills to analyze carefully and write critically about contemporary developments in that country as well as in other parts of Asia. For those who trace their roots to the Philippines, you’ll come to a critical appreciation of a part of your own, and your parents’ complex histories, as part of a much larger imperial and immigrant history.

Catalog Description:
Introduction to histories, cultures and politics of Filipinos and the Philippines. Examines pre-colonial societies, Spanish colonial rule, nationalism and Revolution, Filipino-American war, U.S colonial rule, Japanese occupation, postcolonial period to Martial Law, continuing rebellions, and the Filipino diaspora. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 205.
GE Requirements Met:
Diversity (DIV)
Social Sciences (SSc)
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June 11, 2024 - 9:44 pm