Course Syllabus

COURSE CODE                  :           RIZAL

COURSE TITLE                  :         LIFE AND WORKS OF RIZAL

COURSE CREDIT              :          3 UNITS


A study of the life, works and writings of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the national hero and martyr, as they relate to the socio-political situation of the Philippines during his time and its implication to our present time. It traces the hero’s life, ideals, concept of education, good government, and nationalism as embodied in his writings, particularly the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.


At the end of the semester, the students will be able to:

  1. Learn and understand the life of Dr. Jose P. Rizal from his birth to his martyrdom.
  2. Analyze the impact of Rizal’s life in relation to his contribution on the socio-political situation of the Philippines then and the present time.
  3. Critically understand Rizal’s heroism and realize the significance of his ideas in the present time
  4. Interpret the selected poem, essays and novels and its impact to socio-political situation during the past and present time.


  1. R.A. 1425: The Rizal Law
  2. Background on the socio-political situation of the Philippines during Rizal’s times.
  3. Rizal – a biographical sketch
  4. Childhood memories in Calamba.
  5. Educational background of Rizal.
  6. Rizal’s travels.
  7. A hero exiled in Dapitan.
  8. Struggles, trial and execution of Rizal.
  9. Novels “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo”.
  10. The Ideals and Philosophies of Rizal
  11. Comments/Issues on the Heroism of Rizal.
  12. Criteria in the making of Rizal as a national hero


Descriptive and analytical approaches thru:

  1. Quizzes
  2. Discussion and lectures
  3. Reporting (Individual)
  4. Film showing with reviews and reactions


1.      Quizzes (5%)

  • There will be a short quiz at the beginning of each class based on the agreed readings or after the discussion.

2.      Class Participation (10%)

  • Students are expected to participate during class discussions or submit assigned tasks as the case may require it.

3.      Report (15%)

  • Specific topic will be given to each student for their individual report. Prepare your report. No one is allowed to read his/her report in the class directly from the book.

4.      Reflection papers (30%)

  • Two reflection papers (3 pages) will be required based on:
  • Paper # 1 – “Jose Rizal: A national hero.” (What can I learn and imitate?) (due on Mid-Term)
  • Paper # 2 – “What can I contribute for the transformation of the Philippines?” (due on Finals)
  • Beware of plagiarism. Make a reflection paper using your own words. Don’t copy and paste from anyone. 5 points deduction per day of late.

5.      Exams (40%)

  • Two major exams (Mid-Term and Finals) will be given to assess what the students have learned.

6.      Attendance

  • 4 absences (automatic failure according to CHED rules), 15 minutes late (1 tardy), 3 tardies equals one absence and 45 minutes late is considered absent.

Grading System:

Quizzes                                     5%

Class Participation                10%

Report                                     15%

Reflection Papers                  30%

Exams                                     40%


Total                                       100%



Zulueta, Francisco M. (2004). Rizal: Life, works and ideals. National Bookstore.

Pasigui, Ronnie E. and Danilo H. Cabalu (2006). The man and the hero (An Anthology of Legacies and Controversies). C & E Publishing, Inc.

Zaide, Gregorio F. and Sonia M. Zaide (1997). Jose Rizal: Life, Works, and Writings of a Genius, Writer, Scientist and National Hero.All Nations Publishing Co. Inc.


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