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State, Government, Constitution [Presentation Thursdays] January 14, 2010

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Academically Speaking, Presentations.

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More slides from my Philippine Politics and Governance archives. These were meant to be used for the introductory lecture that preceded a long section in the syllabus whereby salient points of the 1987 Philippine Constitution are discussed.

The slide template is one of the few that I actually liked from Powerpoint XP. To complement it, I decided to use white and occasionally yellow text (font: Book Antiqua), italicized and predominantly presented in lowercase. I think that combination was mostly decided on a whim, but overall it worked out, even if it’s not the most reader-friendly of presentations. Certainly not the most elegant of slides, but they get the job done.

Three things to note about the content:

  • The lecture always gave me the opportunity to remind students that sovereignty is not pronounced “sovereign-ity” (Slide 7).
  • In the original typology of governments discussed in Aristotle’s Politics, the ideal form of “rule of the many” is dubbed “polity” whereas its corrupted form is labeled “democracy”, precisely because the latter is understood as mob rule. I decided to be practical present the typology in the way it’s normally understood today (Slide 10) so as not to confuse the students and cause unnecessary debate. They’d delve more into the topic anyway when they took up Political Thought (which I also happened to teach, at the time).
  • To keep things simple, I omitted confederacy from Slide 11, though I’m pretty sure that one can make the argument that there’s a whole lot more I omitted, too.

Slideshare interprets spaces between bullets as used, hence the numbering gaffe that lists two reasons to study the constitution in Slide 14 as (1) then (3). It’s just a technical glitch, folks; I do know how to count.

[About Presentation Thursdays: Every now and then, on a Thursday, I post a presentation from my archives and include some accompanying commentary not just about the content but also my thoughts on designing it. The presentations can also be viewed and downloaded from my Slideshare page]


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