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

Fall 2003

ANS 390 • Civil Society in East Asia

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27695 M
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
CAL 221

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students to the themes and controversies of the civil society literature and to assess its applicability to Japan, China, and South Korea. The bulk of the course will be devoted to reading and in-class discussions. Although we will explore a number of questions, we will pay particular attention to the following: 1. What exactly is "civil society" and how does it relate to other social science concepts (e.g. "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 constraint confronting the development of civil society in East Asia, and how do they compare to those of other geographic regions? The last three 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 topic pertaining to Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, North Korea, or South Korea.

Grading Policy

Class discussion 35% Paper proposal (2pgs.) 5% Due Sept. 29 Reasearch paper (max 10,000 words. Due Dec. 10) 45% Paper presentation 15%


Seligman, Adam B. The Idea of Civil Society Garon, Sheldon. Molding Japanese Minds Brook, Timothy and B. Michael Frolic., eds., Civil Society in China Kim, Sunhyuk. Politics of Democratization in Korea: the Role of Civil Society Reading packet, available for purchase in August


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