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Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Culture and Society of Taiwan

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Term 1

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

This course aims to provide students with a broad knowledge base concerning Taiwanese history and society and culture. An understanding of Taiwanese history and society will also facilitate a better comprehension of overall East Asian society and the interaction between the countries therein. Moreover, it is hoped that such a course will also serve to generate further interest in studying Taiwan and its society, customs, and history. After introducing Taiwan’s historical background, there are series of in-depth units on family, gender, cultural development, language and education, popular culture, mass media, migration, ethnic and class relations in contemporary Taiwan. Students will develop their faculties of oral critical engagement with the material on a weekly basis through the second hour of student led seminar discussion, and will develop their written analytical skills through the exploration and investigation of relevant topics for their term essay. Students will be encouraged to compare aspects of Taiwan’s social transformation with other developing countries.


Total of 11 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One two-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); one essay of 4,000 words to be submitted in week 1, in the term after which the course is taught (30%); one 10 minute presentation (10%).