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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2008

ANS 361 • Taiwan: History, Society and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31150 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 201

Course Description

This course introduces the history, culture, political institution, and economy of Taiwan. Taiwan has been a flashpoint for US relations with China since 1950, and tensions have been building again since 1995. To understand the emotional and difficult question of Taiwan's status and identity, we need to understand not only the international political issues, but Taiwan's own fascinating, often violent history, its rich and varied local culture, its vibrant economy, as well as recent trends and events (e.g., globalization, democratization, and environmental degradation) that are of particular concern to the Taiwanese themselves. Readings include writings by anthropologists, historians, political scientists, and others, as well as selected fiction, films, and popular literature.

Grading Policy

Attendance/participation: 30% Midterms (2 @ 20%): 40% Final exam or optional final research paper: 30%


Textbook: Deny Roy, Taiwan: A Political History Course Reader prepared by the instructor, available on eReserves.


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