The Program


Civil Society and Participation

Civil Society and Participation
M1179 Nonprofit Organization (2):The surge of the non-profit organization (NPO) has changed contemporary socio-political culture and public-private boundary drastically. This course will deal with the NPO’s institutional and organizational domain as well as its strategic action and management issues. These will enhance our conception of socio-political consciousness, public policy development and personal career planning.
T0805 Business and Law (2): The major objective of this course is to introduce students to the basic rights and obligations of an enterprise under the Civil Code and Company Act, regulation regimes for enterprises, corporate governance and management, and employee disputes. This course will also refer to real life cases to illustrate the practical application of laws and regulations.
T0806 Life and Law (2): In this course, we will introduce fundamental legal concepts using common legal problems in our daily lives. Based on categories used in the legal arena, this course will be divided into the following subsections:
1. Public law: topics include administrative organizations and human rights in constitutional law.
2. Civil law: in this section, the topics we will cover range from buying a coke to consumer protection.
3. Penal law: topics will include criminal behavior, prosecutors, court acts.
During the course, students will be divided into groups. Each group will be responsible for three 40-minute and 15-pages summary reports.
T0808 Democratic Politics (2): This course provides a comprehensive introduction to democratic politics. It covers the classic topics: concepts of politics, definitions of democracy, models of democracy, democracy and globalization, and democracy and its critiques. This course also examines a number of contemporary issues as well as future prospects of democratic politics.
T0809 Civil Society (2):This course introduces basic concepts of civil society and general rights and obligations of citizens. It also discusses how civil society helps advance social justice, accumulate social capital, strengthen democracy, and increase our capacity to deal with crisis and to fight against climate change. Finally, the course discusses how the development of social media affects the civil society.
T0811 Civil Participation (2): This course will introduce various theories of public participation ranging from classic political thought to contemporary political science. Some approaches to participation in political practice will also be explored in the course. The teacher and students will discuss real cases of civil participation in modern policy that they have encountered abroad or in Taiwan.
T2207 Constitutional Law and Human Rights(2): This course discusses the defense of human rightsbased on the Constitution of the Republic of China, including previews of real life cases in Taiwan.
T2211 Information and Laws (2): This course starts with the role of law in the digital era and introduces the legal system in the field of information technology. It covers Internet IPR laws, telecommunications laws, electronic signature laws, computer-processed personal data protection laws, laws for consumer protection in electronic commerce, laws for cybercrime, etc.
T2610 Intellectual Property Rightsand Law(2): This course introduces the impact brought about by the advancement of technology upon the legal system and how the system can be adjusted to resolve the issues emerging from the interaction between technology and law.
M2301 Introduction to Social Enterprise(2): Social enterprise is a rapidly developing field in which entrepreneurs are using business methods to tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training, or help the environment. Whether operated by a non-profit organization or by a for-profit company, a social enterprise acts as a catalyst of change, identifying social problems and introducing solutions to them. Unlike NPOs, social enterprises are not designed to sustain themselves through donations. Social enterprises have a revenue source similar to private businesses and use that revenue to carry out their social mission. Through case study, lecture and student presentations this course will explore this emerging field. Students will learn what a social enterprise is and how it is the same as well as different from other types of business and NPOs.

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