Philippine History:to 1900
The course provides a general introduction to the social, economic, and political history of the Philippines from the early times (i.e. pre-Spanish period) to the Spanish colonial period(1565-1898). The lectures and readings highlight the various aspects of local-indigenous culture before the advent of Spanish colonization, and how the meshing of Spanish-Catholic culture with the local one help explain what is known today as "Philippine culture." The course also includes a discussion on some of the more recent themes in Philippine historical studies, such as gender, identity, and the role of nationalist discourse in shaping historical writing. In addition, a number of original documents, essays, and visual-arts materials, including the reading of Noli Me Tangere (a satirical novel written by Philippine national hero José Rizal) are included to provide the students with a more direct feel for earlier eras.