Seminar: Philippine Culture and Current Issues

Seminar: Philippine Culture and Current Issues
Course Content
More than the usual image you may have of the Philippines as a country of bananas,
Smokey mountain and street children or Cebu as a number one Japanese holiday
destination… you will learn more and beyond. This course will give you basic knowledge,
better understanding and appreciation of the diverse aspects of Philippine culture and
current affairs.
The topic areas will cover the rich cultural heritage, the blending of foreign and native
influences, the traditional and modern life represented in music, dance, language,
values, beliefs, food, festivals, etc. Bamboo dance, children’s games, movies, a taste of
Philippine cuisine and participating in Philippine Festival and or concerts in Nagoya
are just among other exciting things you will enjoy and experience.
Students will be asked to choose topics to research on and present them in class. Each
week we will be sharing current news reports about the country.
To highlight your seminar experience, we will have a face-to-face cultural discussion or
interaction with university students in the Philippines through video-conferencing.
For you who want to make a difference in the lives of others you can join a volunteer
program to build homes and lasting relationships in the Philippines which the teacher
organizes. So, his course is also meant for you!
Course Goal
The goal of the course is for students to be well-informed, to gain a better understanding
and appreciation of the Philippine culture and its current situation.
The students will study the geography, historical and cultural background including the
arts, values, beliefs, socio-economic and political systems, etc. and be aware of the
contemporary issues and events such as people power, overseas workers, population
and health issues, and economic development.
To achieve these goals research,
technology, discussion, analysis and critical thinking skills will be enhanced. Students
will be asked to choose topics to research on and present to class. The teacher also
presents and gives supplementary information about the topic of the day.
Weekly schedule:
1. Introduction. Trivia questions. Map reading. General information
2. What is culture? Selection of topics for research and presentations
3. Video showing. Glimpse of the country’s origin, food, sights and sounds
4. Topics can be any of the following or chosen by students: History
5. Outstanding men and women
Language and education
People and prayer power
That’s entertainment
Diet & health/Traditional cuisine vs. fast foods
Transportation/Travel and Tours
Fashion trends, art and music
Sports and games
Job seekers/Entrepreneurs
The youth and yuppies
Overseas Filipino workers
Final exam. End term cultural program/Report
Reflection paper and homework/News 30% Quizzes 25%
Presentation/Video conference 25% Participation/Attendance 20%
No textbook required