While immersed in culture and life in the Philippines, students also explore topics
in political science, sociology, philosophy, theology, language and culture in classroom-based
learning at the Ateneo de Manila University.
All classes intentionally integrate the praxis and immersion experiences into
the course content and objectives. This combination of experiential learning and
theory provides students with a more holistic educational experience.
Students receive credit from the University of San Francisco, with courses designed
to meet the requirements of most undergraduate majors at students’ home institutions.
Courses & Syllabi
Filipino for Foreign Students: Introduction to Philippine Culture Through Immersion 2 credits (USF Cultural Diversity Core) Download the Syllabus
This course assists foreign students in their community immersion in the Philippines and hopes to facilitate a holistic approach of their cultural experience. It provides the second language learner with the basic foundations essential in building communication competency in Filipino through culture learning.
Engaging Reality: Accompaniment and Community 2 credits (USF Service Learning Core) Download the Syllabus
This Praxis Seminar will focus on understanding accompaniment as the way in which students enter praxis sites. Students will reflect critically about their experiences in the praxis sites, mainly articulating the significance of key moments, relationships, and developing a consiousness of larger social injustices. Students will also discern how they are personally growing from the praxis experience and with their peer community.
ELECTIVES (Choose 3):
Philippine Politics and Governance 4 credits (USF Area E: Social Sciences and Service Learning Core) Download the Syllabus
This course will focus on the Philippines' presence both in Asia and in the wider International Political Economy. The course also reviews the evolution of the Philippines polity as a whole and provides a comprehensive analysis of the structure and dynamics of the Philippines political system. Special attention is given to the study of the Philippine core values and the country's personalistic political culture.
Sociology of Gender, Class & Ethnicity in the Philippines 4 credits (USF Cultural Diversity and Area E: Social Sciences Core) Download the Syllabus
This course surveys theories on social inequality and, using case studies, offers in-depth discussions on stratification and power relations in Philippine society. Special attention is given to the impact of institutions and discourse, and the dynamics of structure and agency on social class, ethnicity and gender.
Mysteries of God: Suffering, Solidarity and God 4 credits (USF Area D: Philosophy and Theology and Religious Studies Core) Download the Syllabus
How ought we to live in a world marked by suffering and injustice? Using a variety of sources including philosophical and theological essays, film and literature, this course examines how one critically engages experiences of interconnection, solidarity, suffering and uses such experiences to discern one's vocation and calling.
Philippine Visual and Performing Arts 4 credits (USF Area F: Visual and Performing Arts Core) Download the Syllabus
This course develops understanding and appreciation of the various performing and visual arts in the Philippines. The course uses a practical, task-based learning strategy as its basic approach to understanding the arts and appreciating Filipino culture. Teaching and learning in this course is achieved through a set of highly focused, well-structured, problem-posing activities, which provide learners with opportunities for actual use and practice.
*Courses subject to change