January 13: Arrival
January 14-15: Orientation
January 16: Classes start
January 28-February 5: Spring Break
February 6: Classes resume
April 10-14: Classes and Finals
April 16-28: Study trip
April 29: Commencement
April 30: Departure
Spring 2018 Calendar: TBA
Courses (Spring 2017, FYI)
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.
AR 302: Chinese Architecture and Culture (3 credits)
As the product of a unique culture and geographic environment, both the architectural form and the philosophy of space in China different markedly from that of the world outside East Asia until the 20th century. Through critical readings, visual analysis, and field trips, students will learn how cities, palaces, temples, residences, and gardens were designed in China and how their form and space were interpreted in literature. Moreover, the class will look into how from and space reflected Chinese social, ethical and religious values. This course will be delivered in a series of themes that are related to important aspects of Chinese civilization..
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.
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.
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 of 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.
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 familiarizeing 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.
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.
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.
SO 302: Social Stratification and Inequality in China (3 credits)
The course will explore various aspects of social life before and after the reform in the 1980s, focusing on the social stratification and inequality in social lives. It will help students to understand Chinese social structures both in rural and urban societies, leading them to pay attention to the two systems that are essential to social stratification in China: the Hukou and work-unit. The class will also examine how market transition transforms the family life and women's role and status in China.
HIS 303: China in Transformation, 1840s-1960s (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.
SO 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.
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
Internship (3 credits)
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
Chinese Language Immersion Track(12 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, except
Friday afternoon, including two hours of lecture and drill,
two hours of language task session, and a one-hour individual
session (one-on-one). In addition, there is a language table
every Wednesday. 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.
The format is the same as Immersion I, except that this is
Chinese Folklores( 1 credit, spring & fall )
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 ,spring & fall)
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
Chinese Popular Culture(1 credit, spring and fall)
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
*Classes are subject to cancellation if enrollment
is below 5 except language classes.