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 canceled 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. 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 second year Chinese. Textbook: Chih-P’ing Chou 周质平, Joanne Chiang 杨玖and Jianna Eagar 张家惠, eds. A new China: An Intermediate Reader of Modern Chinese. 新的中国. Revised ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.
CHIN 3011 CNAN—Readings in Chinese, Advanced Intermediate
This course is equivalent to third year Chinese. Textbook: Chi-P’ing Chou周质平, Yan Xia 夏岩and Meow Hui Goh吴妙慧, eds. All things considered. 事事关心. Revised ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.
CHIN 4011 CNAN—Readings in Chinese, Advanced
This course is equivalent to fourth year 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. Bai Jianhua 白建华, Wang Yang汪洋, Cao Xianwen曹贤文, Lian Kuisheng练奎胜 and Zhu Bo朱波, eds. Jiaodian zhongguo: Gaoji hanyu zonghe jiaocheng焦点中国：高级汉语综合教程. Beijing: Peking University Press, in press.
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 daily topics and social issues.
CHIN 2003 CNAN—Spoken Chinese, Intermediate
This course is equivalent to second year Chinese. Textbook: Shen Hongdan 沈红丹and Zhang Li 张莉, eds. 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 3012 CNAN—Spoken Chinese, Advanced Intermediate
This course is equivalent to third year Chinese. Textbooks: Yang Jizhou 杨寄洲 and Jia Yongfen 贾永芬, eds. Hanyu zhongji kouyu jiaocheng (shang ce, xia ce) 汉语中级口语教程(上册\下册) ( Intermediate Spoken Chinese I&II). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2007.
CHIN 4012 CNAN—Spoken Chinese, Advanced
This course is equivalent to fourth year Chinese. Textbook: Chen, Guanglei 陈光磊, eds. Spoken Chinese, Advanced (shang ce, xia ce) 汉语口语教程 高级 A 种本 (上册\下册). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2000.
AREA STUDIES COURSES – IN ENGLISH
EAST 3003 CNAN—History of U.S.-China Relations
(usually offered in fall semesters)
This course studies the relations between the United States and China from the 19th century until the end of the 20th century. By examining the most important political, economic, cultural and military interactions between these two nations, it offers a comprehensive review of how the complex U.S.-China relations constantly changed throughout history and how history shaped the current relations that may influence the future of the world. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
BUSI 3001 CNAN—Global Strategic Management in China
(usually offered in spring semesters)
This course will discuss the cultural, economic, political, legal, commercial, and social context in which multinational corporations, particularly American businesses, operate in China. This includes analysis of factors that shape or reflect the operational realities of management and marketing in China. In addition to lectures, the course will allow students to examine and discuss case studies of foreign companies experiences in China and understand the strategies they employed, including Apple, Google, GM, etc. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
ELECTIVE COURSE–IN ENGLISH
COMM 3301 CNAN—Intercultural Communication and Leadership
(usually offered in fall semesters)
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: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
ELECTIVE COURSE–IN CHINESE
CHIN 3003 CNAN—Contemporary Chinese Society through Media
(usually offered in spring semesters)
(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, television, podcasts and radio. Each week students will examine a current topic to understand a social cultural topic in contemporary China. Contact hours: 52. 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 sample courses taught in Chinese and are only open to CIEE students who complete or test above the advanced level. Students should confirm with the Resident Director the specific courses offered at the Institute for International Students each semester. 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 the Resident Director.
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. 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. Credit: 4 semester/6 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. 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. Credit: 2 semester/3 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. Credit: 2 semester/3 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. Credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
Academic year students in their second semester may choose to take the area studies course, 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.
INDR 3001 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. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.