Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The Philippine Studies program of the Asian Center requires an area of specialization. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. You can view the courses offered for the current semester via CRS. (just type PS in the Course Number field).


 The Programs of Study identifies the required courses depending on track (thesis or nonthesis program) and area of specialization. Please click on the area of specialization below to pop up the list of courses for each.
 Master of Arts in Philippine Studies (Thesis)  Master in Philippine Studies (Nonthesis)
 Foreign Relations   Foreign Relations
 Development Studies   Development Studies
 Society and Culture  Society and Culture


Each course is equivalent to three units unless otherwise indicated.  You may view courses available for/taught during the current semester via CRS. Go to "Regular Courses" below and type "PS" for Philippine Studies courses.
  • PS 201 The Philippines in Asia & the Pacific

    Systematic analysis of the Philippines as a complex society within the context of developments in the Asia Pacific region.

    PS 202 Theories & Perspectives in Philippine Studies

    PS 219 Seminar: Philippine Society & Culture

    Discussion of current issues & problems concerning Philippine society & culture.

    PS 299 Research Methods 

    Procedures & techniques of research for Philippine Studies. 

    PS 300 Master’s Thesis.

    Six units

  • PS 204 Philippine Institutions and Social Movements

    Evolution of social units in the Philippines, i.e., kinship system, sodalities, social institutions & the continuing differentiation of social categories.

    PS 212 Filipino Identities

    Concepts, contexts and discourses that frame, define, and direct the evolution of Filipino identities from colonial to contemporary period, as mediated by the state, the nation, and various socio-cultural factors.

    PS 213 Filipino Intercultural Encounters

    Process of culture change in the Philippines & the Filipino responses to external social & cultural influences.

    PS 215 Philippine Language & Culture

    Semantic study of native classification & categories; & structural analysis of Filipino world view.

    PS 216 The Filipino Diaspora

    The concept of “diaspora” as a product of Philippine migration experience, understood via multidisciplinary perspectives, models and approaches. The course examines “Philippine existence” beyond the borders of the modern nation-state, visits selected diasporic sites, and studies location-specific issues and challenges.

    PS 220 Special Topics in Philippine Socio-Cultural Studies

    Discussion of current issues and problems concerning Philippine society and culture.

    PS 221 Filipino Artistic Expressions

    Interdisciplinary examination of the origins and transformations of Filipino artistic expressions as they relate to issues and challenges in the Philippine society.

    PS 231 Philippine Leadership Cultures

    Analysis of organizational leadership behavior in the Philippines.

  • PS 222 Theories of Development

    Critical assessment of theories of development, viewed in the Philippine context. 3u.

    PS 224 Philippine Industrialization & Urbanization

    Critical evaluation of Philippine urbanization & industrialization trends & their impact on the urban sector & Philippine society in general. 3u.

    PS 225 Philippine Rural Development

    Critical review of development patterns in rural areas & their impact on peasant & other rural lives & on Philippine society in general.

    PS 229 Special Problems in Philippine Development

    PS 233 Issues in Philippine Development

    A critical review & assessment of specific social, political, economic, & cultural issues in Philippine development.

    PS 236 National & Local Perspectives in Philippine Development

    Interactions & dynamics between national/macro & local/micro concerns in development.

    PS 237 The Philippines & Global Futures

    Analysis of global megacrises & catastrophes such as pandemics, wars, environmental disasters, food, water, & energy crises, etc., their impact on possible Philippine futures, and how the Philippines may prepare to respond.

    PS 249 Design & Evaluation of Development Projects

    Focus is on the socio-economic, political, & cultural impact of development.

    PS 288.2 Readings in Philippine Development Studies

  • PS 264 History and Development of Philippine Foreign Relations

    The interrelations of nations in their ideological environments as demanded by the concerns or directions of the Philippines; analysis of the structure, classification, history & evolution of bloc factions; their relationships & implications to the conduct of Philippines external relations. Regional & bloc choices may vary from time to time, depending on availability of instructors & interests or requirements of PSP students. 3u.

    PS 268 Philippine Relations with East Asia

    Critical examination of Philippine foreign relations with East Asia from end of the Cold War to the present. 3 u.

    PS 269 Special Problems in Philippine External Relations

    The structure, elements, features, geography, history & evolution of a selected country as system, viewed from the peculiar needs of the Philippines; analysis of selected present political, economic & social conditions, international commitments & relations; their relations & implications to the conduct of Philippine external relations. Country selected for the study will depend on student’s approved program of studies, but in no case will a country be taken more than one semester by any student. 3u.

    PS 279 Special Topics in Philippine Foreign Relations

    Content of the course varies from semester to semester depending on needs of students & interests of faculty, & pressures of actual conditions affecting Philippine external relations. Discussions will focus on current issues & problems in/or affecting Philippine external relations. 3u.

    PS 282 The Philippines in the Global South

    A theoretical & systematic analysis of the basic factors in the international relations of the developing country; a review of theories & trends of international relations with emphasis on multidisciplinary, comparative, behavioural & quantitative approaches; concepts of balance of power,  nationalism & internationalism & their implications for the conduct of Philippine external relations. 3u.

    PS 285 Alternative Futures for Philippine Foreign Policy

    Perspectives and methodologies in future research with 301 focus on understanding and anticipating the forces that affect Philippine foreign policy, and on charting for future policy. Prereq: PS 264 or COI. 3 u. 

    PS 286 Philippine Practice in International Diplomacy and Negotiations

    Examination of selected major issues in Philippine foreign relations highlighting the use of diplomacy 
    and negotiations in addressing economic, political, and security disputes with other countries. Case study approach and simulation exercises will be employed. PS 264 or COI. 3 u.

    PS 288.3 Readings in Philippine Foreign Relations

  • PS 214 Philippine Ethnic Relations

    General survey of ethnic & racial groups in the Philippines, their origins & lifeways.

    PS 211 Philippine Prehistory Society & Culture 

    Systematic analysis of the beginnings & growth of Philippine society & culture; interpretation of artifactual materials, linguistic data including oral traditions, & generic social institutions.

    PS 230 Philippine Organization: Structures & Processes

    Structural features & management processes of the Philippine bureaucracy; techniques & methods for analysis, reorganization & design.

    PS 288.1 Readings in Philippine Society & Culture

    PS 284 Seminar: International Organizations

    The structure, elements, features, history & evolution of international organizations as affecting the Philippines & its external relations, analysis of selected present international institutions & organizations that figure in Philippine external relations.

    PS 280 International Law & External Relations

    Legal aspects of external relations as applied to the Philippine conditions & requirements; an examination of recent developments in Philippine external relations with emphasis on long-range strategies pursued by Philippine diplomacy; special case studies drawn from actual & potential problem areas.


    Students can also take, as electives, other region- or country-specific courses as long as doing so is allowed according to their Program of Study. There is one program of study for each track and area of specialization. However, please consult the said document before enrolling in any course, and seek the advice of Office of the College of Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and your Program Adviser.

    Electives are open to (other, non-AC) students regardless of track (thesis or non thesis) or their area of specialization. Also, AC students may take MA-level courses in other UP Diliman colleges, but these still have to be consulted and approved by the Program Adviser.

    Please note that students can take only a certain number of courses apart from the core courses and subjects under their area of specialization.

  • PS 301  Perspectives in Philippine Studies

    Historical, political & socio-cultural perspectives of Filipino & foreign scholars in Philippine studies. 3u.

    PS 302 Theory in Philippine Studies

    Selected works in Philippine studies: theory & practice. 3u.

    PS 330 Filipino Perspectives on Philippine Development

    An in-depth historical review & critical examination of various visions & perspectives concerning Philippine development, as propounded by Filipino writers, political leaders & activists. 3u.

    398 Directed Readings. 3u.

    399 Research Methods in Philippine Studies.

    Prereq: PS 301, PS 302. 3u.

    PS 400 Doctoral Dissertation. 12u.


    These 300-level courses represent the core courses of the PhD Program. What the rest of the courses are depends on the dissertation proposal/program adviser. For inquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 981.8500 local 3578.