PG 379

The Politics of National Identity in Greater China

This course is designed to guide students in developing a deeper understanding of key social science concepts and theories regarding identity, ethnicity and nationalism. Students learn how to employ the comparative social science method to better understand compelling political and social issues that are becoming increasing relevant and contentious under the conflicting conditions and aspirations of globalization, localization and nativism in the early 21st century. These concepts and methods are employed to analyze the complex processes accompanying the emergence, development, evolution and fragmentation of national identity in the geographic region known as Greater China, but these tools and understandings apply not just to Greater China, but to other ethnic groups, nations and cultural imaginaries of the world.

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the PacRim program.