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 movement of their choosing.