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ARELLANO UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES


SYLLABUS

SUBJECT

: PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AND THE NEW CONSTITUTION

COURSE CODE

: POL. SCI. 002

COURSE DESCRIPTION : This course provides students with a working knowledge of the structure, functions, and workings
of the government of the Philippines as embodied in the fundamental law of the land, the
constitution of the Republic of the Philippines incorporating a deeper understanding and
appreciation of the development of the constitution.
PRE REQUISITE

: NONE

COURSE CREDIT

: 3 units

GENERAL OBJECTIVES : 1. Explain the structural ad functional organizations of the Philippine government under the new
constitution.
2. Discuss the basic principles underlying the constitution.
3. Understand the workings of government and how its people should help support it.
4. Ignite the sense of duty and commitment as citizens of the Republic
TEXTBOOK

: De Leon, Hector. The New Constitution 2002

REFERENCES

: Muoz, Mauro & Delilah. Philippine Governance and Constitution


Zulueta, Foundations and Dynamics of Political Science
Newspapers

COURSE CONTENT
Specific Objectives
1.

2.
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4.
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6.
7.

8.
9.

Discuss the basic concepts of


politicial science, politics,
political organizations, state,
government and constitution.
Understand the rights and
obligations of the state.
Relate the doctrine of parens
patriae to the responsibility of
parents to their children.
Explain the doctrine of the state
immunity from suit.
Understand the fundamental
powers of the state
Discuss the meaning, nature &
scope of the Constitution
Recognize the importance of
the construction of the
constitution and its
interpretation.

Content/Outline
Chapter 1 - Political science, Politics
and Political Organization

Period
Covered

Chapter 2 - Nation, State and


Government
A. Definitions
B. Distinction of nation from state
C. Rights and Obligations of the State

Evaluation

Concept Diagnosis

Recitation

Class Discussion

Paper

Lecture

Quizzes

Group Discussion
Case Studies

Paper
Recitation

2nd week

D. Parens Patriae
E. Doctrine of state immunity
D. Fundamental powers of the state
Chapter 3 - Concepts of constitution
A. Meaning, Nature & Scope
B. Constitutional Law
C. Kinds of Constitution
D. Construction/Interpretation
E. Basic Principles

3rd week

Understand the purpose and


meaning of the preamble

Chapter 4. The Preamble. National


Territory, Principles and Policies

Appreciate the changes made


in the preamble.

3rd - 4th
A. Meaning of Preamble
week
B. Significant changes
C. Art. 1
D. Art. 2
PRELIMINARY EXAMINATIONS - 5th week

10. Become aware of the


patrimony of the Filipinos.

Strategies/
Activities

Construction of
personal
vision/mission
Mapping

Recitation
Group work

11.
12.

Trace the origins of the Bill of


Rights
Explain the meaning, nature,
basis and purpose of the Bill of
Rights.

Chapter 5 - The Bill of Rights


A. Historical Background
B. Definition, Nature, Basis and
Purpose
C. Secs. 1 -22

6th - 8th
week

Case Studies

Paper

Discussion of
current events

Quizzes
Group work

Case Studies
Reporting

Recitation

Exposure
Film Showing

Letter-writing
Reaction paper

13. Examine the rights provided by


the constitution.
Midterm Examination - 9th week
14.

Identify who are citizens of the


Philippines.

15. Cite the modes of acquiring


citizenship and modes of
naturalization.
16. Examine the qualifications for
naturalization.
17. Understand the nature, scope
and functions of the legislative
department.
18. Analyze the steps in the
passage of a bill.

Chapter 6 Citizenship and Suffrage


10th week

Chapter 7 - The Legislative


Department

11th - 12th
week

Semi-Final Examination - 13th week


19. Discuss and understand the
scope and function of the
Executive Dept.

Chapter 8 - The Executive Department

20. Evaluate the powers of the


president
21. Understand how the judiciary
works.
22. Appreciate the structure of the
judiciary

Recitation
Quizzes
Group work
Paper
Dramatization

13th week
Chapter 9 - The Judicial Department

Exposure
Powerpoint

Commentary
writing.

Presentation

Reports

23. Identify the different


constitutional bodies
24. Explain the safeguards to
ensure the independence of the
different commissions.
25. Compare and contrast the
functions of the different
bodies.
26 Discuss the rationale for the
grant of local autonomy.
27 Understand the powers and
functions of the local gov't.

Chapter 10 - The Constitutional

Group presentation

Commissions

Reporting
14th week

Chapter 11 - The Local Government


15th week

Case Study
Lecture

28. Become aware of the process


of removing public officers.
29. Discuss the objectives of Art.
XII.
30. Identify the classes of lands of
the public domain
31. Explain the aims and
foundation of Art. XIII

Chapter 12 - National Economy and


Patrimony, Social Justice
and Human Rights

32. Understand the principle


behind labor laws
33. Know the latest developments
on human rights.
34. Value the importance of
academic freedom
35. Appreciate the contributions of
senior citizens.

Film showing
Case study
Discussion on
current events

16th - 17th
week

Chapter 13 - Education and Family

Final Examination - 18th week

GRADING SYSTEM

: Class Participation and Attendance 30%


Quizzes and Papers 30%
Major Exams 40%
Average Midterm Grade = Prelim grade + Midterm grade
2
Average Finals Grade = Semi-final grade + Finals grade
2
Final Grade = Average Midterm Grade + Average Finals Grade
2

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: a. Attendance and Class Participation


b. Major Examinations
c. Research work - this is an exercise that requires students to read, gather materials, think and analyze certain
issues discussed in class.
d. Case Study/Group Project students are required either to examine social and political institutions that influence
events in the country, or analyze present day events that bear some resemblance to historical facts tackling similar
issues.