- Code ASIA2222
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Benjamin Penny
- Mode of delivery In Person
Summer Session 2021
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This course is offered face-to-face on ANU Campus in 2021. See "Other Information" section for course dates.
For Australians, Taiwan typically figures only as an issue in the geo-politics of the East Asian region, as one half of “Cross-Strait Relations”. Yet, it is a fully functioning democracy and an independent state in all but name that can be studied in its own right. Taiwan has almost the same population as Australia but is about half the size of Tasmania. Like Australia, its indigenous population plays a significant part in politics and society, and Taiwan is also moving towards legalising same-sex marriage. This course provides an overview of contemporary Taiwan’s society and politics while also paying attention to the historical events that formed its present shape and which remain live issues today. It will analyse Taiwan’s political system and its established and new parties; its ethnic, linguistic and cultural mix; its economics and class relations; indigenous politics; questions of gender and sexuality; environmental activism; and the growing sense of what it means to be “Taiwanese”. The course will use Taiwanese films to supplement the lectures and seminars.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse the pre-1949 history of Taiwan, and trace its later developments in the political and economic contexts of first the martial law period and then the democratic period.
- Describe and explain the history of and relations between different groups of Han Chinese on Taiwan.
- Evaluate current social tensions and developments, including the rise of grass-roots political and social movements.
- Analyse the crucial importance of debates over Taiwanese identity, with particular reference to gender relations, indigenous peoples, and environmental politics.
- Demonstrate skills of communication, both through oral discussion and written exposition.
The course will begin formally on 11 January 2021 with a week’s pre-reading as outlined on the Wattle site. Classes will begin on 18 January. 26 January is the Australia Day holiday so no classes will take place on that day. The last classes will take place on 29 January with the exam on 30 January. The final essay is due on 13 February.
- Active class participation: 10% (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Two short essays of 500 words: 20% (20) [LO 1,2,5]
- One essay of 2,000-2,500 words: 40% (40) [LO 3,4,5]
- One final exam: 30% (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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This is an intensive course running in Summer session on ANU campus. The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in-class time and independent study.
Course materials will be provided on Wattle.
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