Teaching

I have been teaching since 2012 on the university level, handling historical survey courses and graduate seminars. Currently, I am a teaching assistant at the University of Hong Kong.

HIST 1021: Introduction to Modern Legal History [Department of History, The University of Hong Kong, 2020]

In recent years legal history has emerged as a thriving field, drawing on ideas from across disciplines to better understand the relationship between legal institutions and practices and historical change over time. Exploring the ways in which the development of law shaped societies across the world in the early-modern and modern period, this course will offer students a broad introduction into this history. We will examine a wide range of questions that touch on law’s relationship to topics of fundamental historical importance, including political movements, gender and race relations, economic change, colonialism and imperialism, and religion and tradition. Taking a global and comparative approach to these themes the course will take case studies from across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. No previous knowledge of legal history is required.


HIST 1019: Powering Modern Society: Energy, Environment and Politics [Department of History, The University of Hong Kong, 2018]

Ancient societies were not wrong to make their sun gods the center of their cosmology.  Following their wisdom, this course starts from a simple premise:  that all life derives from the energy of the sun.  The means through which sun energy has been gathered and deployed have formed the basis for social organization since recognizably human animals have walked the earth.  The course will follow accordingly.  It will follow the emerging interdisciplinary approaches of Big History to trace the development of social processes as societies move across distinct energy regimes.  It will survey the social, political and cultural realignments that stem from these transitions all the way to the present, all the while laying bare the opportunities, challenges and choices that have collectively fashioned the world as we know it.  From the Great Divergence of the late 18th century that saw the rise to prominence of the West over other regions of the world, through the political changes that followed alterations in the energy regime from coal to oil, to the environmental challenges we face today, we will examine energy as a driving force in history.  The class will make a global tour of technological, environmental, political, economic and social history to deepen our appreciation of the ways energy has structured and continues to organize the world we live in.


Hi 166: Philippine History [Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University, 2012 – 2017]

As Hi 165 traces the development of the Philippines from the pre-Spanish period to the Revolution of 1896-97, Hi 166 concentrates on the challenges that the Philippines faced in its efforts to establish an independent democratic republic. The course discusses the forging of a national identity and government in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the entry of the United States and the Philippine-American War, the experience under American colonial rule, preparation for eventual independence, the exigencies of war and occupation under Japan, and the struggles of the young republic. The course closes with the declaration of martial law in 1972, when the nation’s experiment with Western-style democracy came to a temporary end.


Hi 198.9/DGDD 150.1: Special Topics in History: History in Digital Games [Department of History and Department of Information Systems and Computer Science, Ateneo de Manila University, 2016]

This course explores the ways history is presented in interactive digital games and simulations. The course presents selected historical computer games paired with written historical scholarship that allow the discussion of fundamental themes, approaches, arguments, and issues that arise with digital games. It also offers an opportunity for the students to experience history as a simulated experience through the assessment of game-makers’ presentations of history.


Hi 201: Seminar in Historiography [Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University, 2017]

Analysis of basic concepts, employed in historical interpretation, their implication to philosophy proper and theology, and a study of some of the major philosophers of history. This course also examines historiography as a craft in the presentation of historical research. It explores historiographic concerns in three ways: the actual history of the writing of history, the theories and philosophies associated in the writing of history, and the practice of current and experimental forms of historical writing. Through workshops in historical writing, the course offers opportunities to students to be immersed in the art and craft of historiography for a wide array of uses.

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