All participants must register for one Sociology course:
SOCI – 220 → Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations
This course, which will especially focus on the case of China, deals with the disparity in standards of living among the nations of the world today as well as with the strategies social scientists and social planners have formulated to eradicate poverty where it occurs. This course focuses on the historical, political, economic, cultural, and sociological relationships that have contributed to the current division of labor in the world and world inequalities. Furthermore, it focuses on specific social problems faced by poor nations while comparing social institutions in Western societies with their counterpart in non-Western societies. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. 3 sh. Taught by Prof. Wang
SOCI411: Selected Topic—Contemporary Chinese Society
This course examines the social, economic, political, and cultural processes in contemporary China since the early 1950’s, with a focus on the post-reform period (since 1979). Drawing on modernization theory, conflict theory, theories on globalization, and perspectives in cultural studies, topics in this course include China’s power structure and its post-communist transition, conditions and agencies in China’s economic development, China’s population policy and its consequences, gender processes in pre- and post-reform era, the emerging middle class, poverty, environment, and China in globalization. 3 sh. Taught by Prof. Wang
Elective Course: All participants choose from one of the following courses taught by Beihang University faculity.
CHIN 101 → Beginning Chinese Language
CHEN 367 → History Study Abroad: The Qing Dynasty and China's Path to Modernization.
CHEN 375 → Chinese Literature in Translation: 20th Century Literary transistions.
CHIN 101 → Chinese Language
This course is an introduction to study of the Chinese (Mandarin) language, focusing mainly on speaking and comprehension, with secondary emphasis on reading and writing. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages.
CHEN 367 → The Qing Dynasty and China's Path to Modernization
This course will focus on the history of the premodern period. The Qing dynasty (1644-1911, when. Beijing became the capital city, China's closed Celestial Empire was forced to open to the outside world and embark on its journey to modernization. The modern city of Beijing is full of historical sites and relics, allowing students to have many field trips to investigate and collect first-hand materials. History majors may wish to request a credit adjustment for the approved substitution for HIST 299: History Study Abroad.
CHEN 375 → Chinese Literature in Translation: 20th Century Literary Transitions
This course will focus on literature from 1919 to 1949. This period has been regarded as a golden age in terms of creativity and social responsibility. Writers explored the creative use of the vernacular language and vocabulary, with many new words borrowed from the west, thought (democracy, science, freedom, politics), and style. The literature also reflects the deep concern about social problems and upheavals that China was undergoing during that transition period. Students will read English translations of the literature in this period, supplemented by history to get a better understanding of modern China. English majors may wish to request a credit adjustment for the approved substitution for ENGL 150.
There will be a minimum of five students per elective course- paritciaptns should indicate their first and second choises on the pre-enrollement form.
Field Trips and Optional Activities
The program will include faculty led field trips each week to The Summer Palace, The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Hou Hai, the Royal Park, Yuan Ming Yuan, the Bell (Drum Tower, the 798 Art Zone and other places of interest. In Beijing, there will be a full-day field trip each Friday and a half-day trip each Saturday. The program will include three days in Shanghai, with visits to the Bund--a legacy of the colonial and early industrial era, and Pudong--the landmark of China's recent economic "miracle," and a possible trip to Suzhou (less than an hour from Shanghai by train) where students can visit China's most exquisite Ming and Qing gardens.
The Beihang University campus offers recreational facilities such as basketball, tennis, volleyball, as well as a music hall and a museum of aeronautical and astronautical sciences. Students will be paired with Beihang University students for optional activities and informal cross-cultural communication.