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History of Guam - HI 211

Syllabus, Spring 2003

College of Arts and Sciences, University of Guam



INSTRUCTOR:  Professor Judy Flores, PhD, Adjunct Professor and Research Associate, Richard Flores Taitano - Micronesian Area Research Center.


CONSULTATION:  Please feel free to telephone or fax at 828-8040 or e-mail me at judyflores@guam.net. to discuss our class or your progress.


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  The purpose of HI211 is to familiarize you with the history of Guam from the time of the ancient Chamorros (Manmofo’na), through the Spanish and US colonial periods.  There will be an effort to present material from a variety of perspectives.  An effort will be made to expose students to a wide array of voices and viewpoints about Guam history.  Students will be encouraged to analyze primary and secondary historical sources.  A variety of media will be used to illustrate the lectures when possible.  I hope to give you a sense of time and place that is crucial for understanding history.  There are no prerequisites for this course. 


CLASS ATMOSPHERE:  This is a lecture, readings and group discussion course.  Everyone should participate. 

·        Discussions will center on the lectures, the readings, guest speakers, field trips and videotapes.

·        Discussions will be conducted in a non-intimidating manner.  I expect students to ask questions and to give their point of view.  No one’s questions or statements will be considered too trivial or silly as long as the student can defend its relevance to the discussion.  My job will be to serve as facilitator and to keep discussions in line with the subject being presented.

·        Turn off all cell phones and pagers during class, to avoid unnecessary disruptions.


EVALUATION:  Your evaluation will be based on your mastery of the subject matter presented in the classroom and the required readings as evidenced by:

·        Class participation and attendance – excessive tardiness or 3+ absences result in loss of these points                                          10%

·        Quizzes on the readings and key words                     30%

·        Midterm Exam, covering all class readings, quizzes,

            presentations and lectures                                     20%

·        Book Review or Oral History Presentation          20%

            (see attached list of books or Interviews)

·        Final Exam, covering all readings, presentations

            and lectures                                                             20%


Grading - Your final grade will be based on the overall average of your quiz scores, exam scores, book review or oral history presentation, class participation, attendance and possible extra credit.  All grades are final.


Overall Average           

Final Grade   

           Overall Average           

Final Grade

90- 100%


70- 79%


80- 89%


60- 69% 





You may choose to read and provide a written paper and class discussion on one of the following books; or you may select to interview a Chamorro over 65 years old and give a written and oral report.  Requirements for each are as follows:


Book Review

Choose one of the following books:

            Palomo, Tony.  (1984).  An Island in Agony.  Published by Tony Palomo.

            Fritz, Georg.  (1986).  The Chamorro:  A History and Ethnography of the Marianas.  Translated by Elfriede Craddock, Edited by Scott Russel.  Saipan, CM:  Division of Historic Preservation.

Coomans, Fr. Peter.  (1997).  History of the Mission in the Mariana Islands:

1667 -  1673.  Occasional Historical Papers Series No. 4.  Translated and edited by Rodrigue Levesque.  Saipan, CM:  Division of Historic Preservation.

            Driver, Marjory.  (1989).  Fray Juan Pobre in the Marianas, 1602.  Mangilao, Guam:  Micronesian Area Research Center, University of Guam.

            Howard, Chris Perez. (2000).  Mariquita:  A tragedy of Guam.  Hagatna, Guam:  Cyfred, Lt. Gill-Perez House.


You may submit other books for consideration in place of the above.  They must be written by Chamorros or about Chamorro history and issues. 


These books can be checked out at the RFK library; and are available for reading at  RFT-MARC Area Research Center, but cannot be checked out.  They are also for sale at MARC, Faith Book Store, and at UOG Book Store.


All students must submit your choice of book by beginning of the 3rd class session.  I will then assign your presentation time.  All those selecting the same book will form a discussion panel to give a summary and critique of the book to the rest of the class. 

The written book review must contain the following:


1.         A chapter-by-chapter summary of one paragraph for each chapter.  This should be a succinct summary of the general topic and major themes of each chapter.


2.         A one-to-two-page reaction to the book, explaining what you liked and disliked about it, or if you agree or disagree with the viewpoints presented, and why.  In this section you need to elaborate and explain your points.


3.         A one-to-two-page discussion of how the book supports or challenges other readings on the same subject; specifically from your two class textbooks, and others. 

The written paper is due on the assigned presentation day, and five points will be taken off the grade every day it is late.  The book review should be typed and double-spaced.


Oral History Interview and Presentation

Select a person of Chamorro ancestry who is 65 years or older to interview about life on Guam as they have experienced it and participated.  Select a person based on the subject you wish to cover.  You may choose from the following subjects or design your own:

·        Guam’s political development and how this person contributed or observed it , such as experiences during early elections as opposed to today; observations on how the government of Guam has changed, how has it changed and why

·        Guam’s economic development and how this person contributed or observed it, such as how people used to produce much of their own food; how and why this has changed.  How did this person’s way of earning a living change over time?

·        Chamorro cultural and social practices which were important when this person was growing up; how have they changed, and why.  This may cover particular subjects such as the disciplining of children, dating, courtship and marriage practices, celebrations of fiestas, rituals associated with death, reciprocal practices (chenchule’) or others.

·        Health care practices when this person was growing up, what they have observed and experienced.  How have practices changed over time.  This may cover particular historical issues such as leprosy (Hanson’s disease), Litigo-Bodig, Midwifery or birthing of babies.

·        Experiences during World War II.  How did the Japanese occupation affect their lives?   How did their lives change when the American government returned, and how did they feel about these changes?

Secure this person’s permission to share the interview with the public by having them sign a standard permission form (I have those for you) or by having them give their name and permission on video or audio tape.  Your presentation of this interview may include the use of video or audio tape, but it is not required.  Besides the class presentation, you must also submit a written paper, telling this person’s story in a narrative format. The written paper is due at the same time as the class presentation, accompanied by a diskette of your paper in MSWord, 12-pt., Times New Roman font.       


Submission of the name of your intended interviewee and selection of subject is due at the beginning of the 3rd class session.  Be prepared to explain why you chose this person and subject for your interview.  I will then assign a date for your presentation. 


EXTRA CREDIT assignments must be in addition to the regular work and will not be a substitute for missed assignments, quizzes, or exams.  Any extra credit must be approved by me beforehand and must be submitted on the approved date.  Reports on collateral readings will be worth extra credit points to be added to your quiz scores.


ACADEMIC HONESTY - Cheating will result in an automatic failure.  Plagiarism and cheating are grounds for dismissal from the University of Guam.



Rogers, Robert F.  1995.  Destiny’s Landfall:  A History of Guam.  Honolulu:  University of Hawaii Press.


Kinalamten Pulitikat:  Sinenten I Chamorro (Issues in Guam’s Political Development:  The Chamorro Perspective).  1996.  Hale’-ta Series.  Agana Guam:  The Political Status Education Coordinating Commission.    

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