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Clark W. Sorensen
SIS 490
Seattle Campus

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Colonialism and Postcolonialism This course will be conducted seminar style with reading, discussion, and writing, but few lectures. The major focus will be on the internal organization of the major empires in Asia in the 20th century (British, Japanese, French, Dutch, Chinese) and how the colonial experience changed the societies ruled in the empires. We will explore theoretical explanations for imperialism, ideologies legitimating colonial rule, colonial ethnic stratification and gender relations, colonial modernity, nationalism, and the idea of 'post-colonial' societies looking both for recurrent patterns and cultural specificities. Students' grade will be based on a research paper on a topic of their choice related to the course.

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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 M Jane Meyerding
Date: 02/03/2000