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Course Title : Understanding the Self

Course Credit : 3 Units

Pre-requisite : None

Course Description : The course deals with the nature of identity, as well as the factors and forces that affects the development and maintenance of personal

The course is intended to facilitate the exploration of the issues and concerns regarding self and identity to arrive at a better
understanding of one’s self. It strives to meet its goal by stressing the integration of the personal with the academic – contextualizing
matters discussed in the classroom and in the everyday experiences of students –making for better learning, generating an new
appreciation for the learning process, and developing a more critical and reflective attitude while enabling them to manage and improve
their selves to attain a better quality of life.

The course is divided into three major parts: The first part seeks to understand the construct of self from various disciplinal perspectives:
philosophy, sociology, anthropology and psychology – as well as the more traditional division between the East and the West – each
seeking to provide answer to difficult but essential question – “What is the Self?”. And raising, among others , the question: “Is there even
a construct of the Self?”. The second part explores some of the various aspects that make up the self; such as the biological and material
up to and including the more recent Digital Self. The third and final part identifies three areas of concerns for young students: learning,
goal setting, and managing stress. It also provides for the more practical application of the concepts discussed in this course and enables
them the hands-on experience of developing self-help plans for self-regulated learning, goal setting and self care.

This course includes mandatory topics on Family Planning and Population Education. (CMO No.20, s.2013)
Institutional Learning Outcomes General Education Outcomes Course Objectives

General Education Outcomes (CMO No. 20, s. 2013) The Self from various perspectives
 Discuss the different representations and
I. Intellectual Competencies conceptualizations of the self from various
disciplinal perspectives
 Higher level of comprehension (textual,  Compare and contrast how the self has been
visual, etc) represented across different disciplines and
 Proficient and effective communication perspective
(writing, speaking and use of new  Examine the different influences, factors, and
forces that shape the self
 Understanding of basic concepts across the
domains of knowledge  Demonstrate critical and reflective thought in
 Critical, analytical and creative analyzing the development of one’s self and
 Application of different analytical modes identify by developing a theory of the self
(quantitative and qualitative, artistic and
Unpacking the Self
scientific, textual and visual, experimental,
observation, etc.) in tackling problems  Explore the different aspects of self and identity
methodically  Demonstrate critical, reflective thought in
integrating the various aspects of self and
II. Personal and Civic Competencies identity
 Identify the different forces and institutions
 Appreciation of human condition that impact the different aspects of self and
 Capacity to personally interpret the human identity
 Examine one’s self against the different aspects
 Ability to view the contemporary world from
both Philippine and global perspectives
of self discussed in class
 Self-assuredness in knowing and being a
Filipino Managing and Caring for the Self
 Capacity to reflect critically on shared  Understand the theoretical underpinnings for
concerns and think of innovative, creative how to manage and care for different aspects of
solutions guided by ethical standards the self
 Ability to reflect on moral  Acquire and hone new skills and learning for
norms/imperatives as they affect individuals better managing of one’s self and behaviors
and society  Apply the new skills to one’s self and
 Ability to appreciate and contribute to functioning for a better quality of life
artistic beauty
 Understanding and respect to human rights
 Ability to contribute personally and
meaningfully to the country’s development

III. Practical Responsibilities

 Working effectively in a group

 Application of computing and using
information technology to assist and
facilitate research
 Ability to negotiate the world of technology
 Problem-solving skills ( including real-world
 Basic world-related skills and knowledge
Course Plan

Weeks Topics Learning Outcomes Methodologies Assessment Tools

Course Introduction  Identify learning outcomes of  Course Overview  Checklist
the course  Group Activity:  Learning Journal
 Understand the course Acquaintance
requirements Game
Defining the Self:
Personal and
Perspectives on Self and
 Discuss the different  Discussion  Summary of Learning
The Self from Various representations and  Activity: Self  Learning Journal
2-3 Philosophical Perspectives conceptualizations of the self Analysis
from various disciplinal
The Self, Society, and  Examine the different  Discussion  Reflection Paper
4-5 Culture influences, factors, and forces  Activity: Self  Learning Journal
that shape the self Through the Years
The Self as Cognitive  Demonstrate critical and  Discussion  Research Paper
Construct reflective thought in analyzing  Activity: You  Learning Journal
6 the development of one’s self through others’
and identify by developing a eyes
theory of the self
The Self in Western and  Compare and contrast how the  Discussion  Concept Map
Eastern Thoughts self has been represented  Activity: Two Sides  Learning Journal
across different disciplines and of the Same Planet
Unpacking the Self
The Physical and Sexual  Explore the different aspects  Discussion  Program Proposal
Self of self and identity  Activities:  Learning Journal
9 - 10
-Defining Beauty
To Buy or Not to Buy?  Identify the different forces  Discussion  Collage making
That Is the Question! and institutions that impact  Activity:  Research Paper
the different aspects of self -Debit card  Learning Journal
and identity challenge

Supernaturals: Believe It  Demonstrate critical,  Discussion  Multi-media

or Not reflective thought in  Activity: Art Recall Presentation
integrating the various  Reflection Paper
aspects of self and identity  Learning Journal
The Political Self and  Examine one’s self against  Discussion  Acrostics
13 Being Filipino the different aspects of self  Activity: Who is a  Reflection Paper
discussed in class Filipino?  Learning Journal
Who Am I in the  Identify the different forces  Discussion  Group Poster/Slogan
Cyberworld? (Digital Self) and institutions that impact  Activity: Three Making
14 the different aspects of self Facts, One Fiction  Research Work on Fake
and identity News
 Learning Journal
Managing and Caring for
the Self
Learning To Be a Better  Understand the theoretical  Discussion  Study Plan/Diagram
Learner underpinnings for how to  Activity: How do  Learning Journal
manage and care for you think about
different aspects of the self thinking?
Do Not Just Dream, Make  Acquire and hone new skills  Discussion  Jack Canfield Quote Hunt
It Happen and learning for better  Activities: 5-10-20  Collage
16 – 17
managing of one’s self and Selfie  Graphic Organizer
behaviors  Goal Setting Plan  Dream Board
Less Stress, More Care  Apply the new skills to one’s  Discussion  Reaction paper
self and functioning for a  Activities:  Self-Care Plan
better quality of life - Self Stress  Reflection paper
Assessment  Learning Journal
- Self-compassionate
Course Grading System

Performance Tasks
 Checklist
 Journaling
 Reflection Paper
 Research Paper
 Concept Mapping
 Program Proposal
 Acrostics making
 Summaries
 Multi-media presentation
 Slogan/Poster Making
 Graphic Organizer Making
 Quote Hunt
 Study Plan Making
 Self-care Plan Making
 Dream Board Making

Midterm/ Final Examination - (in case there is exam)

List of References
 Main Reference/Core Textbook :

Alata, Eden Joy. et al (2018). Understanding the Self. Manila. Rex Bookstore Inc.

 Other References:

Chaffee, John. 2015. The Philosopher’s Way: Thinking Critically About Profound Ideas. 5th Ed. Boston: Pearson.

Gebhard, Paul Henry. 2017. Human Sexual Behavior. Accessed October 11, 2017. https://www.britannica.com/topic/human-sexual-behaviour.

Gleitman, Henry, James Gross, and Daniel Reisberg. 2011. Psychology. 8th Ed. Canada: W.W. Norton and Company.

Jhangiani, Rajiv, and Hammond Tarry. 2014. Principles of Social Psychology. 1st Ed. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Marwick, Alice. 2013. “Gender, Sexuality and Social Media.” In Senft, T. & Hunsinger, J. (Eds), The Social Media Handbook (59–75). New York: Routledge.

Neff, Kristin. 2012. “The Science of Self-Compassion.” In Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy edited by C. Germer and R. Siegel. New York: Gilford Press.
Accessed October 31, 2017. http://self-compassion.org/wp-content/ uploads/publications/SC-Germer-Chapter.pdf

Papaleontiou-Louca, Eleonora. 2003. “The Concept and Instruction of Metacognition.” Teacher Development Vol. 7, No. 1. DOI: 10.1080/13664530300200184.

Popova, Maria. 2013. “Viktor Frankl On the Human Search for Meaning.” In Brainpickings. Accessed October 20, 2017. https://www.brainpickings.

Prepared by:

Eden Joy Alata

Bernardo Caslib, Jr.
Ryan Pawilen
Janice Patria Serafica