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Course Syllabus in PolSci 2

PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AND CONSTITUTION

II. Course Description:

This course is an intensive study and analysis of the Philippine


Constitution. It aims to provide an objective politico-historical analysis on
the accomplishments and performance of Philippine leaders, the
evolution of the Philippine Government and the Philippine Constitution.
A profound study of Philippine government and politics ensures the
students to acquire significant lessons on matters pertaining to
leadership, and the building of a collective consciousness. Students
critical thinking and ability to analyze cases applying the Constitution will
be highlighted using selected cases demonstrating the interplay of
constitutional law, as well.

III. General Objectives:


A. Cognitive

.1 To gain profound insights in the evolution of Philippine government, constitution


and politics, and the emergence of the Philippines as a nation-state.

.2 To provide students with skills necessary in the critical understanding of the


fundamental law of the land.
B. Affective

.1 To draw out creative interpretations in reading the Philippine Constitution.


.2 To internalize early Filipinos initiative in establishing a sense of nationhood.
C. Psychomotor

.1 To acquire skills and exposures to current debates and theoretical discourse in


Philippine government and politics.

.2 To apply skills gained in treating issues and more profound interpretations of the
Philippine government, politics, and the constitution.

IV. References
A. Major References:
De Leon, Hector S. Textbook on the Philippine Constitution. Manila: Rex Book
Store, 2005.

B. Supplementary References:
Guillermo, Ramon. Philippine History and Government. Manila: IBON
1999.

Foundation,

Oliveros, Reynaldo D. Philippine History and Government. Manila: IBON


Foundation, 2002.
Ramney, Austin. Governing: An Introduction to Political Sciences. California:
Pearson Education, Inc., 2001.
Zaide, Sonia M. Philippine History and Government. Manila: All-Nations
Publishing Co., 1994.
De Leon, Hector S. Textbook on the Philippine constitution. Manila: Rex Book
Store, 1994.
Nolledo, Jose N. The new constitution of the Philippines annotated. Metro
Manila: National Book Store, 1990.
Philippine government. Manila: De La Salle University Press, 1995.
Philippine government and constitution. Makati City: Grandwater Publications
and Research Corp., 1999.
Primer on Philippine government and constitution. Manila: Rex Book Store, 1990.
Student's manual on the new constitution with study helps. Manila: National Book
Store, 1989.
Student's manual on the new constitution with study helps. Metro Manila:
National Book Store, 1991.
The new constitution of the Philippines annotated. Mandaluyong City: National

Book Store, 1997.


Tongko, Primo L. The Philippine government. Metro Manila: National Book Store,
1988.

Who's who in Philippine government. Quezon City: Mahal Kong Pilipinas Inc.,
1993.
Zaide, Gregorio F. Philippine history and government. Manila: National Book
Store, 1987.

V. Course Outline
I. Introduction to Political Science
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D.
E.

Meaning of Political Science


Scope of Political Science
Interrelationship with other branches of learning
Function and Importance of Political Science
Goals in the Study of Political Science

II. Concepts of State and Government


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B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.

Meaning of State
Elements of State
Origin of State
State Distinguished from Nation
State Distinguished from Government
Function and Necessity of Government
Forms of Government

III. The Government of the Philippines


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B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.

The Pre-Spanish Government


Government during the Spanish Period
Governments during the Revolutionary era
Governments during the Revolutionary Era
Governments during the Japanese Occupation
The Previous Philippine Republics
The Provisional Government of 1986

IV. The Concept of Constitution

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B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.

Meaning of Constitution
Nature and Purpose of Function of Constitution
Meaning of Constitutional Law
Kinds of Constitution
Advantages/Disadvantages of a written Constitution
Requisites of a Good Written Constitution
Constitution distinguished from Statute

V. The Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines


A. The 1935 Constitution
B. The 1973 Constitution
C. The 1987 Constitution
D. Basic Principles underlying the New Constitution
E. Rule of the Majority
VI. Preamble, National Territory, Principles and Policies
VII. Bill of Rights
VIII. Citizenship and Suffrage
IX. The Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Departments
X. The Constitutional Commission
XI. Local Government and Accountability of Public Office
XII. National Economy and Patrimony, Social Justice and Human Rights
XIII. Education and Family
XIV. General and Transitory Provisions; Amendments and Revisions