Comparative Literature 151 or “The Literature of the Philippines in English II” is a three-unit course that involves the study of selected works in the literature of the Philippines, written in or translated into English, from the 1940s to the present.
By the end of the semester students should have a comprehensive knowledge of Philippine literary history from the 1940s to the present. Specifically, students must be able to:
To help students achieve these objectives, they will be assigned readings for every session (see “Topics” below). Other readings may be assigned in the course of the semester. Students may also read other sources found in the CHSS Library or the University Library and online on the Internet.
After an orientation to the course, students will read the following assigned materials in preparation for class discussions and application activities on the following:
While the course is a lecture class, students will contribute to the discussion of literary texts. On several occasions, discussions will give way to class/group activities, writing exercises, and/or quizzes or examinations.
Students may refer to the university’s Student Manual regarding policies on absences and their corresponding penalties. However, attendance also means active participation in classroom discussions, activities, writing exercises, quizzes, and examinations. As such, students are expected to take responsibility in examining, exploring, critiquing literary texts up for discussion. They are also expected to have completed reading assignments before the scheduled discussion.
Students will be assigned to report on a set of readings. They will lead the discussion on the writer’s work/s, as scheduled in the course outline. They will also write a critical paper on the writer’s work/s, and submit it as their midterm requirement.
Students will also write for their final requirement individual critical comparative analyses of writers listed in the course outline with other writers from the 1940s to the present. This project will allow them to further explore the literary landscape of the period.
Students will also take the occasional quiz, the midterm and final exams, and participate in class/group activities and exercises.
Students commit plagiarism when they present as their own someone else’s work or ideas. Work that may be suspected of plagiarism will be returned to the student for corrections, and will earn the student a warning. Such work will only be evaluated once the necessary corrections have been made. Repeated submission of plagiarized material by a student will result in, depending on the offense, a failing mark for the work or failing mark for the course or possible expulsion from the university.
Grades of papers submitted beyond the deadline may be deducted points for each calendar day the paper is late. No make-up test will be given for short quizzes since topics covered will be discussed during class sessions.
A student’s rating will be computed according to its corresponding percentage of the final grade: class participation (discussions, quizzes, activities, exercises) (30%); midterm and final exams (30%), and the individual analysis/alternative assignment (40%). ✍
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