PROGRAM SUSPENDED FOR 2021
Learn about Philippine history, culture, and society through interactions with Filipino people, as well as selected lectures by leading scholars in the Philippines.
This program is a collaboration with the University of the Philippines Diliman, the flagship campus of the Philippines ’ national university system.
Our partners at the University of the Philippines will take students on weekly virtual field trips to meet directly with farming communities, urban poor communities, the Cordillera mountain region, and more.
The course asks: How can we learn about Philippine history, culture, and society? What makes “experiencing” the chanting of an epic, with its ever-changing narrative, different from reading it as a “fixed” text in a book? What can we know about Filipino spirituality through the work of a tattoo artist from a Kalinga village? What can a contractual factory worker on strike tell us about the Philippine economy from his/her point of view? How can we understand the situation of Filipino peasants by witnessing/participating in field labor and hearing the songs they have written? This course brings students on a research trip to the Philippines to learn through interviews and interactions with Filipino people, as well as selected lectures by the Philippines’ leading scholars. Among the other topics to be explored are the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945) through the eyes of “comfort women”; indigenous knowledge, such as indigenous law, mathematics, and engineering in the Banaue rice terraces; health care and urban poor communities; and Martial law (1972-1986) memory and counter-memory from survivors of torture and detention.
Dates: July 6 - August 9, 2021
All dates are subject to change
Program occurs within Session D
Units: 6 units
Language of Instruction: English
Courses: SSEAS 197: Philippines: Narratives of Tradition and Resistance
At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program 2.0 GPA or higher There are no prerequisites or restrictions for participation.
• All course content will be delivered online. Students must have access to a computer and reliable internet.
• Courses will take place during the 5 - 8 p.m. time slot to align with Manila’s morning.
• Application opens February 1, 2021
• Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
• Deadline to apply is May 2, 2021
During the program, you will take one course for a total of six UC Berkeley units.
Course: South and Southeast Asian Studies 197
Title: Philippines: Narratives of Tradition and Resistance
Instructors: Joi Barrios, Cynthia Agnes C. Aban, and Karen Llagas
Units: 6 units
How can we learn about Philippine history, culture, and society? What happens, for example, if we are able to “experience” the chanting of an epic, with its ever-changing narrative, instead of just reading it in a “fixed” text in a book? What can we know about Filipino spirituality through the work of a tattoo artist from a Kalinga village? What can a contractual factory worker on strike tell us about the Philippine economy from his/her point of view? How can we understand the situation of Filipino peasants by witnessing/participating in field labor and hearing the songs they have written?
The course brings students on a virtual research trip to the Philippines to learn through interviews and interactions with Filipino people, as well as selected lecturers by the Philippines’ leading scholars. Among the other topics to be explored are the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945) through the eyes of “comfort women”, indigenous knowledge, such as mathematics and engineering in the Banaue rice terraces; healthcare and urban poor communities; and Martial law (1972 - 1986) memory and counter-memory from survivors of torture and detention.
You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement or the L&S Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth requirement by full participation in this Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better.
Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.
Tuition and Program Fee
The fees to participate in this program are broken down into tuition and fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:
2021 Fees UC Students Visiting Students Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300 Program Fee $ - $ - Campus Fee $380 $ - Registration Fee $ - $450 Document Management Fee $ - $62 Total Cost $2,894 $3,812
Fees are subject to change. Please note that the overall tuition amount you will be responsible for in Summer 2021 depends on how many total units you are enrolled in. These costs are only inclusive of the Summer Abroad program tuition costs
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses
For Virtual Programs, students will participate from their own residences. Therefore, estimates of out-of-pocket expenses are not customized for each program. Each participant will determine their own unique living situation, be it with family, friends, or living independently. Because of this, each individual student must consider their own expenses and create an accurate individual budget for their summer.
UC Berkeley students who have filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA or California Dream Act application and enroll in a minimum of 6 units will be eligible for financial aid. Financial aid eligible students who want more information on how out-of-pocket expenses will be packaged for this program can read about it here (PDF)
July 6 - August 9, 2021
Program occurs within Session D
All deadlines are 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (PT).
Submit Application May 2, 2021 Cancel from Program w/ Refund* July 16, 2021 Change Grading Option August 2, 2021
*Adding or dropping any non-program course(s) should follow the normal Summer Sessions deadlines. Canceling from the program does not constitute cancellation from the summer term if you are enrolled in any non-program courses.
Joi Barrios (Maria Josephine Barrios Leblanc) serves as a continuing lecturer teaching Filipino and Philippine Literature at UC Berkeley. After completing her Ph.D. in Filipino and Philippine Literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman, she taught at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies, UCLA, and UCI. She then returned to Manila to serve as Associate Dean of UP College of Arts and Letters and Coordinator of its Graduate Program. She is the author of several books, among them, two Filipino textbooks, the poetry collection "To Be a Woman is to Live at a Time of War," and her research, "From the Theater Wings: Grounding and Flight of Filipino Women Playwrights." She has won fourteen national literary awards and for her contributions to literature, was among the 100 women chosen as Weavers of History for the Philippine Centennial Celebration. In 2004, she also received the TOWNS (Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service) Award, and in 2016, the Balagtas Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature (Poetry in Filipino).
Cynthia Agnes C. “Chat” Aban
Cynthia Agnes C. Aban is a continuing lecturer at UC Berkeley for Filipino Beginning and Intermediate levels. She also co-teaches seminar courses on Filipino Spirituality, Southeast Asian Performing Arts and the summer course, Philippine Myths and Legends. She has presented in several language and arts conferences in the US and abroad: the 1st Salindunong International Conference (“Proficiency Assessment of Filipino as a Foreign Language”) on April 2018; the National Heritage Language Conference at UCLA; the Philippine Studies Conference at the University of Hawaii Manoa (“Beyond IdentityX Heritage Language Acquisition and Philippine Studies”); and the Malikhaing Guro (Creative Teacher) National Conference at the University of the Philippines Los Baños in Laguna, Philippines. She has authored 3 Preschool Skillbuilder Books, Read and Grow, Count and Grow, Explore and Grow for ICI International, all currently in use in preschools in the Philippines. At present, she is revising Colloquial Filipino; The Complete Course for Beginners for Routledge Publications, to be published in 2019. Chat Aban was a candidate for Ph.D. with a major on Clinical Psychology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman and earned her BS Psychology from the University of the Philippines-Baguio. An award-winning songwriter, musician, and performer with Ang Grupong Pendong (KATHA Best World Music Album), she also contributed songs for various recordings of the band, ASIN and Lokal Brown.
Karen Llagas has taught Beginning and Intermediate Filipino classes (FIL1A/B and FIL100A/B); online Intermediate Filipino classes (FILW100A/B), as well as coX taught Freshman/Sophomore seminar courses on Southeast Asian Short Stories (S,SEASN 39, with Prof. Sylvia Tiwon) and a summer course on Philippine Myths and Legends (S,SEASN 120, with Maria Joi Barrios LeXBlanc and Cynthia Aban). Together with fellow Filipino teachers, she has co-created materials for the UC Berkeley’s Filipino classes online. In addition to teaching, she has been conducting her research on the use of folklore in contemporary Filipino and Filipino-American literature and on heritage language teaching. She is currently at work on a Tagalog verb book (501 Tagalog Verbs, with Tuttle Publishing), which will be an important resource for students learning Filipino/Tagalog. As a poet and essayist, she has been a recipient of a Filamore Tabios, Sr. Memorial Poetry Prize, a Hedgebrook residency and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her first collection of poetry, Archipelago Dust, was published by Meritage Press in 2010. Her poems have appeared in Rhino Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, the anthologies Troubling Borders, An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora (University of Washington Press, 2014), The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Bay Watershed (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2010), Field of Mirrors, (PAWA, 2010), among others.