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Democratization & East Asia

Instructor
Ruhlen

Democratization and civic participation are important concepts in political science; and, in recent years, East Asia has become a fertile source for new data and new thinking on both concepts. In particular, new social movements, based on collective action mobilized through a diverse array of cultural identities, reveal much about how East Asian societies have grappled with democratization since the mid-20th century. japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and china offer strikingly different examples of democratization processes and civil society formations. These differences offer 1) an opportunity to explore the complexities of "East Asia" as a region and 2) a range of case studies for applying and refining theories of democratization.

Prerequisites and Notes

Satisfies a major requirement in Political Science and a distribution requirement in the Social Sciences Asian Studies Concentration. International Studies Concentration and cultural diversity requirement.