TEACHING

SOC128: Models of Social Science Research

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

This course introduces students to core methodological concepts and strategies used in social science research including: research design, sampling and measurement, experiments, survey analysis, content analysis, network analysis, ethnography, and in-depth interviewing. In the course we will discuss and develop the analytic skills necessary to interrogate epistemological assumptions in published research specifically and truth-claims generally.  In addition to critically evaluating previous research, students will collect and analyze their own data based on the different methods...

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SOC189: Democracy and Social Movements in East Asia

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

Social movements are an important part of both democratic and non-democratic societies.  This course assesses the status of civil society in East Asian nations by surveying contemporary social movements in Japan, China, and South Korea.  We start the course by discussing the main concepts and analytic approaches in social movement theory.  We then apply these theoretical frameworks to specific social movements in East Asia.  With the theoretical and empirical tools gleaned from the lectures and readings, students will pursue a case analysis of an East Asian social...

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SOC181: Social Change in Modern Korea

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2013

This course explores the incredible transformation of Korean society in the modern period.  We begin with the demise of the Chosun Dynasty at the end of the 19th century before covering the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945), the emergence of two Korean nation-states (1945-1948), the Korean War (1950-53), and the contemporary period (1960-present).  The course is divided into two parts: In the first part of the course we discuss Korea’s political and economic transformation and in the second part, we cover social and cultural change.  Upon completion of the...

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