Fall 2017

Calendar
August 25: Arrival in Beijing
August 26-27: Orientation
August 28: Classes begin
October 2-4: Fall Break
October 5: Classes resume
November 16-November 22: Classes and Finals
November 23-December 6: Study trip around China
December 7: Commencement
December 8: Departure

Courses

AR 301: Chinese Arts & Culture (3 credits)
This course offers a panoramic view of Chinese art and culture. Students will be guided to learn to notice and appreciate the subtle and deep meaning of such unique art and culture. Some modern art is also introduced in order to see the continuance of the tradition. Museum and studio visits will be arranged on weekends.
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AR/HIS 302: Chinese Architecture (3 credits)
This course traces the architectural history of China with a special emphasis on the Song and the Qing dynasties, when classical architecture reached its zenith. The cultural, philosophical and political foundations of Chinese architecture and city building will be explored. The same approach will be applied to the new Chinese architecture under western influences.
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BS 301: Doing Business in China: A Managerial Perspective (3 credits)
It aims to provide an overview of business environment in China so that students may understand some important issues for doing business in China. Students are expected to read the assigned articles before each session and should actively participate in discussions. A business proposal, produced in teams, is required at the end of the semester.
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BS 302: International Business and China(3 credits)
An introduction to international economics with an emphasis on the trade issues of China, this course covers the main theories in international trade, their empirical relevance, and their role for the Chinese economy. It also links these conceptual tools provided by international economics to actual strategic and operational decisions of exporters and multinational enterprises. Upon completing this course, students should be familiar with the analytical methods used by economists and apply economic principles to understand China's growing role in the world and managerial decision made in internationally oriented firms.
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CH 522: Chinese Classics (3 credits)
The course is an analysis of classical Chinese thoughts, the foundation on which Chinese culture has evolved. Prerequisite: Competency in Chinese is required.

HIS 303: China in Transformation(Modern Chinese History) (3 credits)
The course aims at understanding of China's transition from a traditional society to a modern nation by examining the historical forces since the mid-19th century. Nationalism and Communism will be two organizing themes that provide a framework to thread various phenomena all the way to Chinese Communist victory in 1949. The post-Mao reforms that undid China's communist economic system will also be discussed.
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IR 401: Sino-American Relations (3 credits)
It explores the relationship between China and the United States from its beginning to the present. It will discuss historical legacies in both domestic context and international background, as well as contemporary issues of Sino-American relations. It encourages students to think about the shaping forces of the relationship, the common and divergent interests of the two countries, and how a stable and mutually beneficial interaction may be gained. The course concentrates on Post Cold War events in the context of American predominance, decline of Soviet power and emergence of China as a new force on the international scene.
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LIT 301: Contemporary Chinese Novels and Society (3 credits)
This course surveys contemporary Chinese fiction from the 1980s to the present in terms of historical background, ideological content, artistic development and achievement, as well as foreign influences. It aims at familiarizeling students with modern Chinese history and culture through reading some of the major CHinese writers, Su Tong, Yu Hua, Ge Fei, Wang Anyi, Wang Shuo, and Ye Zhaoyan.
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PS 401: China in the Global Economy (3 credits)
This course aims to help students to understand Chinese economy in the era of globalization and the interaction between China and the rest of world. The major theme focuses on the process of China¡¯s reform and open-door policy, how China interacts with the outside world in trade, finance, investment, energy, reform of international economic institutions and so on, and the implications of Chinese economic reform on the global economy.
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PS 402: Chinese Political Reforms (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce students to key aspects of Chinese politics, with a focus on the post-Mao reforms since 1978. The goal of the course is to help students to gain different perspectives on current Chinese government structure, most importantly, the dynamics of the ongoing process of economic and political reforms. Discussion topics include Chinese political history (1949 to present), Chinese government structure and institutions, nationalisms in China, economic reforms and their political implications, democratization, civil society, environment, and other emerging issues in current Chinese society.
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PS 403: Chinese Media Studies (3 credits)
This course takes a comprehensive approach to Chinese media and communication. It will examine the role of media played in the Chinese society as well as how it is conditioned by the authority and commercial establishments. In addition, the influences of new technologies upon media will also be discussed, especially on how the Internet and mobile phone have been changing the "landscape" of Chinese media or its ecology, while in return how the "new media" further facilitates social changes.
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SO 301: Chinese Women's Studies (3 credits)
This course covers major topics and issues about Chinese women. It introduces the change and continuity of women's identity, sexuality, marriage, and family of Chinese women throughout the 20th century, paying special attention to the impacts of the revolution. Furthermore, the course discusses gender divisions of labor in rural and urban China and the experience of rural-to-urban women migrants in the reform era in order to capture (at least partially) the change and continuity of some Chinese women's lives under the impacts (or lack of) of development, modernization, urbanization, and globalization.
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Independent Studies (1-4 credits )
Independent studies are possible with approval. Topic range covers research projects from contemporary political, economic, and diplomatic issues to historical inquiries. Different credits will be rewarded in accordance with the amount of research work.

Internship (3 credits)

It is required for students to have two full days a week for the internship work in order to receive credits after its completion.

 

Chinese Language (non-immersion track)
Language classes have three levels, elementary, intermediate, and advanced. Tutorial sessions will be available upon request.

Chinese Language I ( 6 credits)
Through intensive instruction and pattern drills, the elementary level class will not only introduce students to Chinese language but more importantly will help students to master basic spoken Chinese. At the end of the course, students should achieve a level of functional Chinese in daily life.

Chinese Language II (6 credits)
The purpose of the intermediate level class it to help students increase reading comprehension as well as oral proficiency in Mandarin. After this class, students will independently learn Chinese on their own and participate in advanced language training course either in the US or in China.

Chinese Language III (6 credits)
Students in the advanced class will learn to appreciate various unique aspects of written and spoken Chinese. Chinese will be the language of instruction with the purpose of reinforcing students' skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Also, introducing and discussing important aspects of Chinese culture and current news will become an integral part of the advanced level.

Chinese Language Immersion Track (15 credits)

This is a new program for the language serious students. The class size is small with one on one drills.

The immersion Chinese Language classes are designed for advanced language students. They normally meet three hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon daily, five days a week, including two hours of lecture and drill, one and a half hours of language task session, and a one-hour individual session (one-on-one). Students should be aware that the immersion course is very demanding. In addition to the five daily hours of class, students should expect to spend at least another three to four hours in class preparation and self-study daily.

Chinese Folklores( 1 credit )
This course is for students on Chinese immersion track. The instructor will discuss Chinese cultural traditions, religions, and all kinds of social practices that permeate Chinese life. It is four weeks in length and readings will be selected from books, articles, and contemporary news.

Chinese Social Issues(1 credit)
To understand contemporary social issues by reading and discussing is the purpose of this course. Among the major topics are peasant laborers in cities, education, environment, etc. Students will conduct interviews, by using Chinese, as part of this class.

Chinese Popular Culture(1 credit)
The focus of this course is on the youth culture, music, movies, TV programs, and the immerging internet culture. Interactions with college students forms part and parcel of this attempt to understand China's youth.

Martial Arts and Calligraphy ( non-credit)
These courses are designed to enrich students' lives in Beijing as well as helping them understand specific aspects of traditional Chinese culture.

*Classes are subject to cancellation if enrollment is below 5 except language classes.

 

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