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Ketty A. Loeb
JSIS 484
Seattle Campus

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While the Peopleís Republic of China remains an authoritarian state, the number and variety of social movements taking place in China have been on the rise in recent decades. These movements draw upon grievances, goals, and repertoires of collective action both old and new. This course analyses Chinese social movements from a comparative theoretical perspective. We begin by outlining several sets of theories about why and how social movements come into being, and then practice applying these theoretical lenses to the case of the Tiananmen Square movement of 1989. From there we assess a variety of social movementsóboth contemporary and historicalóranging from recent digital media-mobilized movements to nationalist to rights based and environmental movements.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ketty A. Loeb
Date: 12/30/2013