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SUBJECT (3 units): History 23
COURSE TITLE: Life and Works of Rizal
I. Course Description & Objectives
A study of the life of Dr. Jose Rizal, national hero and martyr, and of his important works, particularly the "Noli Me Tangere" and the "El Filibusterismo" in their unexpurgated editions.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:

  1. Understand the life, works and writings of Rizal particularly his moral and intellectual legacies to the Filipino youth.

  2. Know the relevance of Rizal's teachings to contemporary situations.

  3. Gain inspiration and insight from the experince of Rizal as a son, student, patriot and nationalist.

  4. Imbibe  the spirit of patriotism and nationalism.

II. Course Classification

[ ] Required for a Degree in BSA, BCS, BSE, BEED, AB [ ] Prerequisite Required

[ ] Required for Major in: [ ]Elective

III. Course Outline

Time Allotment



First Prelims

I. The Setting


Week 1 & 2

A. Philippine society under Spanish rule 

Agoncillo, Chapter 5-7

Week 3

B. Development of Filipino Nationalism

Guerroro, Chapter I

Week 4

II. The making of a leader
A. Family background of Rizal and its influence on the development of his nationalism

Guerrero, Chapter I-II

Week 5

B. Rizal's educational experience
Early schooling at the traditional village school
Studies at the Ateneo and UST 
C. Early literary works

Guerrero, Chapter III-VII

Week 6

III. The moral and intellectual legacies
A. Rizal's teachings as expressed in his speech (1884) and letters to parents

Guerrero, Chapter VIII

Second Prelim Term



Week 7 & 8

B. Noli: Philosophical and sociological interpretations

Guerrero, Chapter IX-X

Week 9

C. Essays and letters e.g. Annotations to Morga's Sucesos de Las Islas Filipinas & letter to young women of Malolos

Guerrero, Chapter XI
Guerrero, Chapter XII

Week 10

Rizal's major essays e.g. The Indolence of the Filipinos, The Philippines Within a Century, etc.
Educational trip to Rizal Shrine

Guerrero, Chapter XII

Week 11 & 12

D. Rizal's contributions to the reform movement
E. Fili: Study of a revolution that failed

Guerrero, Chapter XIII
Guerrero, Chapter XIV

Final Term



Week 13

F. La Liga Filipina
IV. Consequences of Rizal's activities and writings

Guerrero, Chapter XV
Guerrero, Chapter XVI

Week 14

A. Rizal's exhile in Dapitan
B. Trial and execution of Rizal
V. Final works

Guerrero, Chapter XVI-XVII
Guerrero, Chapter XIX-XX

Week 15

A. Rizal's philosophica; and religious ideas
B. Rizal's Mi Ultimo Adios

Guerrero, Chapter XX

Week 16

VI. Rizal: Martyr and national hero


Week 17

VII. Relevance of Rizal


IV. Textbooks Adopted

The First Filipino

by Leon Ma. Guerrero

V. Other References

Rizal: Makabayan at Martir (by Austin Coates)

Salin ni Nilo Ocampo

Jose Rizal: Filipino Doctor and Patriot

by Jose Fernandez

Life, Works and Writings of Rizal

by Sonia Zaide & Gregorio Zaide

The Pride of the Malay Race

by Palma, Rafael

A Nation Aborted

by Quibuyen, Alonzo

Rizal: A Filipino Nationalist & Patriot

by: Fernandez, Perfecto

Rizal: A Filipino Nationalist & Patriot

by Coates, Austin

Rizal in Saga, A Life for Student Fans

by Nick Joaquin

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