ANS 361 • Sociology of East Asia
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This course is designed to provide an overview of contemporary East Asian societies (primarily Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea). While this course starts by providing a general picture on industrialization and economic transformation in East Asia, a large part of it is devoted to social institutions and their consequences within each country (Japan and China in particular). We also examine social dynamics across East Asian countries, using a comparative perspective. A major focus of this course is how the institutional context shapes individuals' life chances in this region. The topics to be discussed in this course include economic organizations and industrial policies, social mobility, educational systems, labor market dynamics, and gender inequality.
Course Requirements include six short reviews of the readings (12%), a midterm examination (40%), and a final examination (40%). Students are expected to participate in class discussion. 8% of the grade is determined by class participation.
Miller, A and S. Kanazawa. 200. Order by Accident: The Origins and Consequences of Conformity in Contemporary Japan. Tang, W. and W. Parish. 2000. Chinese Urban Life Under Reform: The Changing Social Contract. Brinton, M. 2001. Women's Working Lives in East Asia. A course reader of photocopied articles is also available.