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Fell, Dafydd and Chang, Sung-sheng Yvonne (2019) 'Developing Taiwan Studies Teaching Programme in Europe and the United States: the experience of SOAS University of London and University of Texas at Austin.' China Quarterly. (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

Over the last two decades, there has been a rapid expansion in the number of Taiwan programmes at universities in America and Europe; however, few of these Taiwan programmes have attempted to develop teaching courses. Where Taiwan courses have been introduced, they have tended to be in isolation and not well integrated into existing academic programmes. Among the universities with Taiwan programmes, only two have attempted to create comprehensive teaching programmes through which students can graduate with a degree in Taiwan studies: SOAS University of London and the University of Texas at Austin. The purpose of this paper is to compare the experiences of these two institutions in developing such niche teaching programmes. It begins with a discussion of how these two programmes first emerged and then goes on to review their distinct development trajectories and key features. The paper offers an analysis of how these two programmes were able not only to survive but also to expand their offerings and thrive in an academic environment that should be hostile to such niche programmes. It concludes with a review of the remaining challenges facing these teaching programmes.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre of Taiwan Studies
Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 03057410
Copyright Statement: © SOAS University of London 2019. This is the version of the article accepted for publication in China Quarterly published by Cambridge university Press: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305741019000031
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305741019000031
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 08:28
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/25978

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