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

Spring 2009

ANS 390 • Civil Society In East Asia

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30642 TH
12:30 PM-3:30 PM
BAT 1.104

Course Description

Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc, there has been a proliferation of scholarship on the nature and significance of civil society in both democratic and authoritarian systems. The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students to the main concepts and theories of this literature and to assess their applicability to East Asian countries, particularly Japan, South Korea and China. Our discussions will focus on a number of themes and questions, including: 1. What exactly is "civil society", and how should we distinguish it from related social science concepts (e.g. society, public sphere, private sphere, state, market)? 2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of civil society as a political science concept and a theoretical perspective? 3. What are the opportunities and constraints confronting the development of civil society in various East Asian countries, and how do they compare with those of other countries or regions?

In keeping with seminar custom, this course will focus on student-led discussions of readings in the relevant theoretical and empirical literatures. The last weeks of the semester will be devoted to class presentations of student research papers. Students are free to write on either a theoretical question relating to civil society or a relevant empirical topic pertaining to East (or Southeast) Asia.

Grading Policy

1. Participation in class discussions: 20% Includes presentations of assigned readings 2. Minimum 4 (maximum 5) 1-2 page book reviews (Seligman, Pekkanen, Garon, Economy, Kim): 15% 3. Research paper in two drafts: 40% * Draft #1 (min. 15 pages) due two days before scheduled research presentation: (Draft must be distributed to all members of the class) * Draft 2 (20-25 pages) due Monday, May 11 4. In-class paper presentation: 10% 5. Final examination: 15%


Adam B. Seligman, The Idea of Civil Society (Princeton, 1992). Sheldon Garon, Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everyday Life (Princeton, 1997). Elizabeth Economy, The River Runs Black: Environmental Challenges to China's Future (Cornell, 2004). Sunhyuk Kim, The Politics of Democratization in Korea: The Role of Civil Society (Pittsburgh, 2000). Robert Pekkanen, Japans Dual Society: Members Without Advocates (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006). Frank J. Schwartz and Susan J. Pharr, eds., The State of Civil Society in Japan (Cambridge, 2003). The above texts are available for purchase at the University Co-op. A reading packet of all additional book chapters and articles can be purchased at Paradigm Books and Lecture Notes (24th St. at Guadalupe). Supplementary readings and reading lists will be posted under "documents" on Blackboard.


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