Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
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Required CIEE Language Courses
The language courses seek to improve students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities by emphasizing communication and interaction between teachers and students, and by providing students adequate opportunities to express themselves in Chinese. The aim of the language courses is to enable students to communicate in a fluent and culturally appropriate manner, as well as prepare them for future study and work in Chinese-related settings. With the help of peer language tutors, students receive individualized attention geared to their specific language learning needs.
Readings in Chinese
Students are presented with authentic articles derived from Chinese books and periodicals that have been edited to meet the needs of intermediate to advanced students of Chinese language. Weekly readings focus on contemporary topics related to Chinese society and culture, which are concurrently examined in the contemporary Chinese studies course. Students are expected to produce written answers to questions, personal and formal letters, and short essays expressing understanding of the topics.
CHIN 2001 CNAN
Readings in Chinese, Intermediate
This course is equivalent to third semester Chinese. Textbook: Jin Honggang 靳洪刚 and Xu Debao 许德宝, eds. Zhongji Hanyu jiaocheng: Liuxue Zhongguo 中级汉语教程:留学中国 (Crossing paths: living and learning in China). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2005.
CHIN 2002 CNAN
Readings in Chinese, Advanced Intermediate
This course is equivalent to fourth semester Chinese. Textbook: Wu Zhongwei 吴中伟, Gao Shunquan 高顺全 and Tao Lian 陶炼, eds. Sheji Hanyu zonghe keben (di-si ji) 拾级汉语综合课本(第四级) (10 Level Chinese integrated textbook, level 4). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2009.
CHIN 3001 CNAN
Readings in Chinese, Advanced
This course is equivalent to fifth semester Chinese. Textbook: Bai Jianhua 白建华, Song Ruyu 宋如瑜 and Xing Zhiqun 邢志群, eds. Le zai goutong 乐在沟通 (Beyond the basics: communicative Chinese for intermediate and advanced Chinese learners). 2nd ed. Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2008.
Students are given exercises and activities designed to help them summarize, explain, evaluate, and discuss the weekly topic. Video and audio clips containing dialogues and excerpts from news broadcasts, films, and television programs related to the weekly topic are presented, along with exercises and activities to test and develop the students’ oral comprehension. Students learn to present short speeches, participate in structured debates, and engage in conversation about important issues in contemporary Chinese society and culture.
CHIN 2003 CNAN
Spoken Chinese, Intermediate
This course is equivalent to third semester Chinese. Textbook: Shen Hongdan 沈红丹and Zhang Li 张莉, ed. Chenggong zhi lu: shunli pian (di-er ce) 成功之路:顺利篇(第二册) (Road to success: elementary, vol. 2). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2008.
CHIN 2004 CNAN
Spoken Chinese, Advanced Intermediate
This course is equivalent to fourth semester Chinese. Textbooks: Chen Guanglei 陈光磊, ed. Hanyu kouyu jiaocheng: gaoji A zhong ben (shang, xia) 汉语口语教程:高级A种本(上、下) (A Chinese speaking course: advanced, book A (vol. 1-2). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2009.
CHIN 3002 CNAN
Spoken Chinese, Advanced
This course is equivalent to fifth semester Chinese. Textbook: Yang Jizhou 杨寄洲 and Jia Yongfen 贾永芬, eds. Hanyu gaoji kouyu jiaocheng (shang ce) 汉语高级口语教程(上册) (Advanced spoken Chinese, vol. 1). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2007; Yang Jizhou and Jia Yongfen, eds. Hanyu gaoji kouyu jiaocheng (xia ce) 汉语高级口语教程(下册) (Advanced spoken Chinese, vol. 2). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2007.
Area Studies Course - In English
EAST 3001 CNAN Contemporary Chinese Studies I (fall)
(taught in English)
EAST 3002 CNAN Contemporary Chinese Studies II (spring)
The chief objective of these courses is to engage students in meaningful, inquiry-based explorations of contemporary China. These courses are interdisciplinary, drawing from the inquiries and methodologies of sociology, anthropology, and political science, but also utilizing historical sources and methods to contextualize the rapid transformations of China’s present. These courses are intentionally designed to offer students an opportunity to deepen their understandings of the relationship between state-initiated reforms and Chinese lives in a way that only students living and studying in Nanjing can – through engaging with Chinese in their host city.
Each week students will examine a sociopolitical topic to understand people’s lives in contemporary Nanjing. In the first semester, weekly topics will include urbanization and migration, belief systems, dating and marriage, careers and jobs, being a child in Nanjing, family planning and infant abandonment, aging, and structures and homes. In the second semester, topics will cover health care, sexuality, raising a child in Nanjing, tourism, the environment, and food production and consumption. There will be several fieldtrips tied to the courses that give students firsthand experiences and more in-depth understanding of the topics. Students will design research and produce a final project that will deepen their understanding of the complex ways in which specific aspects of the reform agenda and resulting development have affected the lives of identifiable sub-populations of people living in Nanjing.
Area Studies Course - In Chinese
Contemporary Chinese Society through Media
(Prerequisite: two years of college-level Mandarin Chinese, or its equivalent)
The purpose of this advanced-level language course is to develop the oral, aural and reading skills necessary to comprehend and discuss contemporary issues and current events in Chinese society through original electronic media sources, especially online news, podcasts, television, and radio. Each week students will examine a current topic to understand people’s lives in contemporary Nanjing.
Optional CIEE Elective Course
COMM 3301 ALLA
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Nanjing as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Courses for Advanced High Mandarin Language Students—in Chinese
Nanjing University Institute for International Students
The below courses are taught in Chinese and are only open to CIEE students who complete or test above the advanced level. The CIEE academic calendar is approximately two weeks shorter than the calendar for the Institute for International Students, so students directly enrolled in the below courses may need to schedule early final exams with assistance from CIEE resident staff.
Chinese Human Geography (Zhongguo Renwen Dili)
This course covers Chinese geography in relation to its people, communities, and culture. It cultivates each student’s ability to understand the relationship between human activities and different geographical regions in China. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.
Chinese Foreign Trade and Economic Law (Zhongguo Shewai Jingji Fa)
This course introduces students to the basic principles of foreign trade and economic law in a Chinese context. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
International Finance (Guoji Jinrongxue)
This course introduces students to global financial system, exchange rates, and foreign direct investment. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
International Trade (Guoji Maoyi)
This course introduces students to international trade and commercial policy. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
Chinese-Japanese Translation (Han-Ri Fanyi)
This course offers essential training on written and oral Chinese-Japanese translation skills, as well as compares different features of Chinese and Japanese language in structures and functions. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
Classical Chinese (Gudai Hanyu)
This courses trains students to understand classical Chinese by reading excerpts from Chinese classics, such as The Great Learning (Daxue) and The Doctrine of the Mean (Zhongyong). Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
Contemporary Chinese Economics (Dangdai Zhongguo Jingji)
This course covers both the theoretical framework of Chinese economics, as well as the major economic issues in contemporary China, such as government policies, influences of international relations, and environment and natural resources. Contact hours 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy (Dangdai Zhongguo Duiwai Zhengce)
This course introduces the development of international relations after the foundation of the People’s Republic of China. It primarily introduces the development of Chinese foreign policy, important events and decisions regarding the international relations of the New China, and foreign policy of several state leaders. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
Critique of Current Events in China (Zhongguo Shishi Pinglun)
In addition to helping students view the reports on the most recent happenings in China, in-depth class discussions help students analyze the background of the events and present their own conclusions. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
Grammar in Chinese-Advanced Higher (Gaoji Hanyu Yufa)
This course systematically introduces Chinese grammar and explains specific grammar issues for foreign students in detail. Contact hours 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
History of China (Zhongguo Lishi)
In addition to giving students a framework of Chinese history from the Xia Dynasty to 1949, this course analyzes important historical events. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
Ethnic Minorities and Religion (Shaoshu Minzu He Zongjiao)
This course introduces the cultures and religious practices of several of the 55 ethnic minorities in contemporary China, including political and social issues regarding the integration of ethnic minority cultures into Chinese society. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature (Zhongguo Xiandangdai Wenxue)
This course offers readings representative of Chinese literature since 1917. Through lectures and seminars, it enhances students’ understanding of modern Chinese literature and its current development. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
History of the Republic of China (Zhonghua Minguo Shi)
This course covers the history of China between 1912 and 1949, when the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) fought against each other. Contact hours: 56. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
Modern Chinese History (Zhongguo Jindai Shi)
This course introduces the history of China between 1840 and 1911, including Chinese society, the Opening-Up Policy and its achievements and lessons, the encounter between China and Western cultures, and the Chinese people’s struggles during this period. Contact hours: 56. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
Learning Chinese Through Film (Kan Dianying, Xue Hanyu)
Students practice their listening skills and learn modern colloquial Chinese through watching and discussing contemporary Chinese films. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
Readings in Chinese—Advanced Higher (Gaoji Hanyu Yuedu)
The course enables students to improve their reading ability with increased exposure to articles on heated topics and Chinese history and culture through tutorials and in-class discussions. Contact hours: 56. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
Spoken Chinese—Advanced Higher (Gaoji Hanyu Kouyu)
This course assists students in improving their spoken Chinese by reviewing more than 40 articles from newspapers on topics such as women’s rights, education in China, the family planning policy, and social customs. Contact hours: 56. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
International Relations Studies (Guoji Guanxi Yanjiu)
This course provides an overview of the current political relations between China, its neighbors, and other global powers. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
Business and Foreign Trade Writing (Shangmao Hanyu Yingyongwen Xiezuo)
This course is designed to enhance the practical writing ability of students to compose business correspondences, and read and write contracts, terms of payment, and official receipts. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
Writing in Chinese—Advanced Higher (Gaoji Hanyu Xiezuo)
This course enables students to write letters, analytical essays, speeches, book reports, and movie reviews at an advanced level. Contact hours: 28. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
CIEE Course for Academic Year Students
Academic year students in their second semester may choose to take Contemporary Chinese Studies II, Directed Independent Research, or any of the available courses for advanced high language students offered through the Nanjing University Institute for International Students. Near native speakers may also direct enroll in some departments at Nanjing University. Those students should confer with the CIEE resident director onsite about available options.
INDE 3002 CNAN
Directed Independent Research
CIEE supports qualified students who wish to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project while in Nanjing. Interested students must submit a research proposal including a clearly defined research topic, an explanation of research plans, a description of preparation in the planned area of study, a list of resources, a tentative outline of a final paper, and a suggested schedule of progress. Students complete a total of 135 hours of research and meet regularly with an academic advisor to complete an academically rigorous, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate research project and final paper. Approval for participation in Directed Independent Research must be obtained from the resident director and the student’s home institution prior to arrival on the program. In Nanjing, students may pursue independent research in international relations, sociology, Chinese history, business, economics, or education. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.