CHIN 425
Becoming Taiwan: Social, Cultural, and Economic Discourses of Modern Day Taiwan Fall 2022
Division I
Cross-listed ASIA 425
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A small island in East Asia and home to 23 million people, Taiwan is the largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations. From 1949, when the Nationalist Party (KMT) retreated to Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War, to becoming one of the Four Asian Tigers in the latter half of the 20th century, Taiwan has developed into a multifaceted society through an array of social/cultural/economic changes associated with industrialization, globalization and identity formation. In this course, we will examine some of the signal examples of these experiences that define the Taiwan society that it is today through literary works and films, as well as journalistic and academic articles. By way of group discussions and individual projects, students will acquire domain-specific vocabulary and develop abilities to analyze and discuss in Mandarin complex ideas related to the aforementioned issues. Using a semi-tutorial format, this course is designed to develop linguistic proficiency at the levels of Advanced Low to Advanced Mid based on the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Language partners will be arranged through collaboration with a graduate program in Chinese pedagogy in Taiwan for opportunities for in-depth discussions on course content.
The Class: Format: seminar; Mandarin Chinese will be the instructional language for this course. Semi-tutorial format, students will meet as a large group on one day for linguistic development and three to four people groups on other days for discussions.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1055
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: quizzes, presentations, posting of discussion questions, two position papers (3 pages) and one final paper (5 pages)
Prerequisites: CHIN 402 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Majors in Chinese; DALLC; Asian Studies Concentration; seniors.
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
CHIN 425 Division I ASIA 425 Division I

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