HUM-278 / 2 credits
Remark: Pas donné en 2022-23. Une seule inscription à un cours SHS+MGT autorisée. En cas d'inscriptions multiples elles seront toutes supprimées sans notification
Hong Kong and Taiwan have experienced significant social changes in the last decades. This course aims to provide students a broad knowledge foundation to understand the two East Asian societies from their historical origins to current situations in multiple dimensions.
The course will explore several dimensions of the societies of Hong Kong and Taiwan, namely in historical evolution, economic development, social transformation, cultural changes and political modernization.
The following lecture themes (tentative) will be discussed:
- "Borrowed Place, Borrowed Time": Hong Kong historical development with United Kingdom and China
- Negotiating democracy: Political and electoral transformation in post-handover Hong Kong
- "Asia's World City": Economic miracle and social inequality in Hong Kong
- Becoming Taiwan: Historical overview of the Formosa island
- From martial law to free elections: Taiwan's path to democratization
- Rice, fruits, plastics, semi-conductors etc: The making of Taiwan's economic miracle
- Gender politics: Same-sex marriage legalization in Taiwan
- Indigenous people, ethnicity and migration in Taiwan
- East Asian welfare systems and transformation
- Understanding social movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan
- Culture, cinema and identities of Hong Kong and Taiwan
By the end of the course, the student must be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of major developments of Hong Kong and Taiwan in historical, social, economic and cultural dimensions
- Analyze the current social situations of Hong Kong and Taiwan and their causes and significances
- Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
- Give feedback (critique) in an appropriate fashion.
- Make an oral presentation.
- Summarize an article or a technical report.
- Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
- Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
Lecture, class discussion, group work
Expected student activities
Pre-class readings, class participation, group debates
1. An in-class quiz (multiple-choice questions) (40%)
2. An individual essay on a topic related to Hong Kong or Taiwan (60%)
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)
- Carroll, J. M. (2007). A Concise History of Hong Kong. US: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
- Cheung, G.K. (2009). Hong Kong's Watershed: The 1967 Riots. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
- Fell, D. (2018). Government and Politics in Taiwan. Second Edition. London: Routledge.
- Ho, M. S. (2019). Challenging Beijing's Mandate of Heaven: Taiwan's Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
- Mathews, G. (2011). Ghetto at the Centre of the World: Chungking Mansions. Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
- Rigger, S. (2011). Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
- Roy, D. (2003). Taiwan: A Political History. Ithaca: Cornell University Press
- Schubert, G. (2016). Routledge Handbook of Comtemporary Taiwan. Abingdon, Oxon & New York, Routledge.
Ressources en bibliothèque
- Carroll, J. M. (2007). A Concise History of Hong Kong
- Cheung, G.K. (2009). Hong Kong's Watershed: The 1967 Riots
- Fell, D. (2018). Government and Politics in Taiwan
- Ho, M. S. (2019). Challenging Beijing's Mandate of Heaven: Taiwan's Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement
- Mathews, G. (2011). Ghetto at the Centre of the World: Chungking Mansions. Hong Kong
- Rigger, S. (2011). Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse
- Roy, D. (2003). Taiwan: A Political History
- Schubert, G. (2016). Routledge Handbook of Comtemporary Taiwan
In the programs
- Semester: Fall
- Number of places: 80
- Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
- Subject examined: Social changes in Hong Kong and Taiwan
- Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks