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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Students are placed in two of the following consecutive language courses based upon results of onsite proficiency tests.
CHIN 1002 SACS
Chinese - Accelerated Beginning I
CHIN 1004 SACS
Chinese - Accelerated Beginning II
These accelerated courses allow students to complete first-year beginning-level Chinese in just one semester. The goal is to provide an introduction to modern standard Chinese through the integration of all five skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural understanding. These courses concentrate on basic daily life communications, correct oral pronunciation, the four tones, as well as basic grammatical patterns. Textbooks: Wu, Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese, vol. 1.Beijing: Sinolingua Press, 2003; 吴中伟.《当代中文1》. 北京: 华语教学出版社, 2003; Wu, Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese, vol. 2. Beijing: Sinolingua Press, 2003; 吴中伟.《当代中文2》. 北京: 华语教学出版社, 2003; Supplementary texts.补充教材. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours each.
CHIN 2002 SACS
Chinese - Accelerated Intermediate I
CHIN 2004 SACS
Chinese - Accelerated Intermediate II
(Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Chinese language study required)
These accelerated courses allow students to complete second-year intermediate level Chinese in just one semester. The purpose of these courses is to develop students’ Chinese language abilities in aural comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural understanding. Students’ linguistic knowledge is reinforced and expanded through class activities with increasing sophistication. Students are required to comprehend and produce paragraph-level Chinese. Rigorous practice of spoken and written Chinese in complex communicative activities is conducted during class. Textbooks:Li, Xiaoqi. Boya Chinese: Quasi-Intermediate II. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2013. 李晓琪.《博雅汉语》–准中级加速篇II. 北京: 北京大学出版社, 2013;Li, Xiaoqi. Boya Chinese: Intermediate I. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2013. 李晓琪.《博雅汉语》–中级冲刺篇I. 北京: 北京大学出版社, 2013. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours each
CHIN 3002 SACS
Chinese – Accelerated Advanced I
CHIN 3004 SACS
Chinese – Accelerated Advanced II
(Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Chinese language study)
These accelerated courses allow students to complete third-year advanced level Chinese in just one semester. These courses emphasize understanding formal writings, as compared to the spoken language texts students learned in their second year. Students are expected to discuss and write about formal topics, such as those related to contemporary social problems in China. Textbooks: Zhuang Jiaying 庄稼婴and Zhang Zengzeng 张增增. Xin shijiao: gaoji Hanyu jiaocheng (shang, xia) 新视角:高级汉语教程(上、下). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2007; Wu Chengnian 吴成年. Du baozhi, xue Zhongwen: zhongji Hanyu baokan yuedu (xia ce) 读报纸，学中文:中级汉语报刊阅读(下册). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2004; supplementary texts. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours each
CHIN 4003 SACS
Chinese - Accelerated Advanced High I
CHIN 4004 SACS
Chinese - Accelerated Advanced High II
(Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Chinese language study)
These accelerated courses allow students to complete fourth-year advanced level in just one semester. These courses emphasize developing skills for making speeches and writing essays on complex topics. Students of this level are expected to express themselves not only fluently and accurately, but also with sophistication. Textbooks: Li, Xiaoqi. Boya Chinese: Intermediate II. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2006. 李晓琪.《博雅汉语》–中级冲刺篇II. 北京: 北京大学出版社, 2006;Li, Xiaoqi. Boya Chinese: Advanced Hover I. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2013. 李晓琪.《博雅汉语》–高级飞翔篇I. 北京: 北京大学出版社, 2013. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours each
CHIN 4902 SACS
Chinese - Accelerated Superior I
CHIN 4904 SACS
Chinese - Accelerated Superior II
(Prerequisite: Chinese language proficiency of advanced high or above according to ACTFL guidelines)
These courses aim to train students’ abilities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills at the superior level. Students at this level are expected to apply Chinese in both formal and informal settings. Students are trained to develop discourse in Chinese with coherence and cohesiveness. Students are also expected to communicate with accuracy, fluency, and sophistication. Depending on enrollment, this course may be structured to the individual needs of students.
Textbooks: Li, Xiaoqi. Boya Chinese: Advanced Hover II. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2006. 李晓琪.《博雅汉语》–高级飞翔篇II. 北京: 北京大学出版社, 2006; Li, Xiaoqi. Boya Chinese: Advanced Hover III. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2006. 李晓琪.《博雅汉语》–高级飞翔篇III. 北京: 北京大学出版社, 2006. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours each
Business Elective Courses (in English)
These business electives are designed for students with a major or minor related to international business or economics. Students on this program must have completed three or more semesters of college-level microeconomics or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, or marketing to be eligible.
BUSI 3001 SBLC
Changing Nature of Business in China
(Prerequisite:Three semesters of college-level microeconomics or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, or marketing are required.)
This course provides students an opportunity to examine the key elements shaping the changing nature of business in China and helping to define the future course of Chinese economic development. Topics covered include stimulus programs, labor contract law, economic cooperation between Taipei and Beijing, and the contentious issue of RMB undervaluation. In addition, this course will examine the various aspects of the economic, social, political, and policy issues in the Asia region especially between Beijing and Taipei. The course will conclude by synthesizing the key issues studied and by exploring potential business and job opportunities for our students. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
BUSI 3002 SBLC / ECON 3001 SBLC
China’s Macroeconomic Impact
(Prerequisites:Previous college level coursework in microeconomics and basic knowledge of Microeconomics).
Since 1978, when China initiated economic reforms and opening-up policies, the Chinese economy has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world. China is now the world’s second-biggest economy and second-biggest exporter. This course examines the impact of China’s economic rise on the global economy over the last three decades. The course offers in-depth discussion of Chinese macroeconomic development, industrial structure, trade pattern, economic imbalance, and its impact on the rest of the world economy, particularly on Asia, the United States, and Africa.Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
BUSI 3004 SBLC
International Business Law: Policy, Decision Making and Law
This class examines the policy-making institutions in both China and the United States that draft, debate, and make international business law and trade policy. We will analyze the US Congress and the National People’s Congress and the people and committees that make international trade policy and law. We will discuss current issues in international business law as it is promulgated from China and the US; the rule of law in China and its application; and the customs and etiquette of common business practices that permeate aspects of doing business in China.We will have discussions with legal professionals, business owners and executives who are living and working in China. We will discuss the international business environment in China. This is not a class on “How to start or register a business in China”. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
BUSI 3005 SBLC/COMM 3001 SBLC
Intercultural Communication and Negotiation
This is a theory and application class. This course is for students who want to expand their communication skills, while examining the culture of communications and negotiations internationally and in China. We will discuss current issues in international communications as they relate to shaping and developing international policy and domestic law. We will have discussions with legal professionals, business owners and executives who are living and working in China. We will discuss negotiations, communications and the international business environment in China. Contact hours: 45. Recommended Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
BUSI 3006 SBLC / MGMT 3001 SBLC
Managing Sustainability in Transnational Business
(Prerequisites: Knowledge in international relations, public policy, general management, microeconomics, accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior and human resource will be helpful but not compulsory).
This course will provide an overview on the development of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in China compared with North American and European countries. It aims to help students build a global perspective of CSR and sustainable business, with a strong mindset of applying practical knowledge to local issues. We'll explore all essential CSR subjects, including environmental footprint, community involvement and development, fair operating practices, labor practices, and supply-chain management, in a context of addressing challenges faced by transnational companies engaging various sets of stakeholders in different geographic territories. With a special emphasis on Asia and China, in particular, students will study actual cases from Multinational Companies operating in China. This course also will cover more advanced topics such as Corporate Social Innovation and CSR-related public policy in China as time permits. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
BUSI 3007 SBLC / MKTG 3001 SBLC
Marketing Management and Methods in East Asia and Emerging Markets
(Prerequisite: Prior coursework in core marketing is required as the course builds upon these fundamentals.)
The principal objective of this course is to help student develop a critical appreciation of both the opportunities and challenges associated with the increasing globalization of markets with a particular focus on emerging markets, Asian markets, and China in particular. During the semester, student will learn about the key environmental forces shaping consumer needs and preferences, the impact of political and economic factors on firms operating in an international environment, the influence of international competition, market segmentation and strategy decisions specific to international marketing. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
East Asian Studies Elective Courses (in English)
EAST 3002 SBLC / ECON 3002 SBLC
China’s Economic Reforms
(Prerequisite: One semester of macroeconomics.)
This course introduces students to both domestic and international aspects of China’s economy. It explores the political, social, and cultural forces that are shaping China’s modernization and how the country’s businesses interact with the world marketplace. The course also provides students with the knowledge of processes of reforms in different economic aspects in China and tries to help students to understand the characteristics of Chinese economy. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
EAST 3003 SCGC / HIST 3001 SCGC
Modern Chinese History
The first half of this course will survey, chronologically, the various eras of modern Chinese history, ranging from the late-Qing to Hu Jintao. The second half will build on the first half by focusing on the historical developments that have taken place in modern China in the areas of economic development; historical and dialectical materialism; crime and capital punishment; women, gender, and sexuality; health and environment; international relations; and nonmainstream perspectives. Many questions will be raised in class discussion, such as: “What were the major causes of the collapse of the Qing Dynasty?” “What was the May 4th Movement and how did it shape modern Chinese?” “What were the social and political forces that culminated in civil war?” “What was the nature and significance of China’s nascent 20th-century nationalism?” “What was the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, and how did they shape Chinese history?” and “Despite all the changes in China over the last century, how does the past continue to influence the present?” Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
EAST 3004 SCGC / INRE 3001 SCGC
China’s International Relations
(Prerequisite:Previous coursework in one of the following areas: political science, international relations, sociology, history, Asian studies or Macroeconomics.)
This course offers an analysis of China’s foreign policy and China’s relations with the U.S. and other major players in international affairs, i.e. the EU, India, Japan and Russia, and consists of three interrelated parts. The first is a basic understanding of Chinese foreign policy. The second discusses Sino-European, Sino-Indian, Sino-Japanese and Sino-Russian relations, with the most important third party (U.S.) factor taken into account. The third focuses on important issues in Sino-U.S. relations from a Chinese foreign policy perspective. Finally, the course also offers an insider’s view on the newest development in Chinese foreign policy, such as China’s recent engagement in Africa and its implications for the West, especially the US, as the instructor has been engaging in policy relevant research for over a decade in China. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
EAST 3005 SCGC / SOCI 3001 SCGC
Issues in Chinese Society
China’s transition to a market economy and return to the global community have huge impacts over the lives of its people, as well as the rest of the world. While covering other fields such as anthropology, political science, gender studies, and urban studies, this course mostly employs a sociological perspective to examine issues in contemporary Chinese society. Topics examined include not only these well-known aspects of Chinese society, such as guanxi and face, collectivism and family-centered culture, but also the emerging civil society, ongoing sexual revolution, and increasing social polarization that are more likely associated with the enormous social change over the past three decades. Students are asked to critically and creatively think about change and continuity in contemporary China in relation to the dynamic and complex interaction of local factors and global forces. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
EAST 3006 SCGC / POLI 3001 SCGC
Political Development in Modern China
The first half of this course will chronologically survey the major eras of modern China’s political change and development, from the Late Qing to the present day. The second half will focus on different aspects of Chinese political practice and development, including exploring the relationships between nationalism, Marxism and Confucianism; elite politics and Leninism; threats to party rule; democratic development; constitutional developments and rule of law; the “China Model;” and “decentralized authoritarianism.”
Many questions will be raised in class discussion, such as: “Who and what have been and are the central political forces in China during the modern period, and how might we understand them?” “What were the central political conflicts between the Kuomintang and the CPC?” “What are the fundamental similarities and differences between the Maoist and post Maoist eras?” “What are China’s prospects for democracy and the development of the rule of law?” and “What is the “China Model,” and what is 'decentralized authoritarianism,' and how are these concepts, if not practices, shaping China and the world today?” Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
EAST 3201 SCGC / CINE 3201 SCGC
Chinese Film and Society
(Prerequisite: No prior knowledge of Chinese cinema/culture/history is required. All films carry English subtitles. All works are read in English.)
This course will examine Chinese cinema from its infancy to contemporary film within a social, political and cultural context, focusing specifically on films produced in mainland China. While acknowledging the importance of examining Chinese cinema in the general framework of national tradition and identity, this course also emphasizes the transnational or pan-Asian nature of Chinese film productions at present. In this way, it is hoped that the course will not only help students cultivate a greater command over current trends and debates in analysis and theorization of Chinese cinema, but also help facilitate students’ understanding of Chinese cinema/culture/history in the context of globalization. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
Elective Courses (in Chinese)
CHIN 3011 SACS
(Prerequisites: Students are required to have approximately four semesters of college-level Chinese language study, or with the consent of the instructor.)
This course focuses on increasing students’ knowledge of modern Chinese business including its business environment, traditions, and culture; improving students’ ability of reading business related articles, and teaching students how to use Chinese to express their opinions on business topics through speaking and writing activities.
Textbook: Yuan Fangyuan袁芳远. Chenggongzhidao: zhongjishangwuHanyuanlijiaocheng.成功之道：中级商务汉语案例教程 (Business Chinese for success: real cases from real companies). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2005. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CHIN 3012 SACS
(Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Chinese language study, or heritage learners with consent of the instructor)
Classical Chinese has influenced many aspects of modern Mandarin Chinese. Many common words used today, both in speech and writing, derive from classical roots. As such, knowledge of classical Chinese provides important insights into sophisticated usage of the language and greatly improves students’ literary appreciation and proficiency. Textbook: Yao Meiling 姚美玲, Gudai Hanyu 古代汉语 (Classical Chinese). Shanghai: East China Normal University Press, 2010. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
INRE 4021 SACS / EAST 4021 SACS
Global Issues in China
(Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level Chinese language study, or heritage learners with consent of the instructor)
This course is designed for Advanced-High Chinese level students and is taught in Chinese. The course is designed to introduce the important role China plays in a global context and to help students understand the Chinese perspectives on global issues that affect the world today. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
INSH 3003 SACS
(Prerequisites: Three semesters of college-level business, economics, accounting, finance, management, or marketing are required. Chinese language skills are highly recommended and preferred by the sponsoring companies but not required.)
This course provides the students an opportunity to participate in office projects with some of the sponsoring companies in a real world business environment. The course focuses on current issues facing the managers, peers, and professional staff. Students will be interviewed by a sponsoring company and offers will be given to those selected for the projects. The sponsors vary each semester depending on the participating organizations of this program. Lectures will only cover overall policies and procedures that may be used in each company. A generic guideline will include job search techniques, interviewing skills, resume writing, work ethics, staff behavior, corporate values, and techniques used in the office to work smoothly and efficiently with co-workers. The instructor will be the facilitator for classroom discussions and student participations in the class. The subjects covered in the class will entail real issues facing the interns and the sponsoring companies. We emphasize on the practical approach to identify solutions for workplace issues and challenges.
The course covers 15 weeks and the internship should start no later than the first two weeks into the semester or the deadline for the drop/withdrawal period. If a student does not receive an offer from the sponsor, the student cannot continue the class and will be dropped from the class. Class will meet at 4PM Monday afternoon in the first three weeks, at midterm, and in the last two weeks of the semester. Internship work schedule will concentrate on Thursdays and Fridays each week. On Thursday and Friday, the interns are expected to work fulltime during those days. Some Thursdays and Fridays may conflict with CIEE excursions and field trips. In those cases, the internship students are required to work during these two days. Therefore it is recommended that intern students select other classes other than Thursdays and Fridays. Some sponsors may require one or two extra half day work during the week. If a sponsor schedules work after 4 or 5 PM during other days of the week, then the interns are not subject to the Thursday and Friday work restriction.
Students are expected to turn in weekly time sheets signed by the sponsoring company. During the internship, all correspondence with the instructor should be by emails. Individual meetings can be arranged in advance with the instructor on internship issues. At the end of the course, the mentor of the sponsoring company will provide an evaluation on the performance of the student. Two reports for the internship project will be prepared by the students, one for mid term and one for the final. To be successful in the Organizational Internship class, the students are encouraged to actively seek open and frank communication with the company mentor and the instructor. As a result of these proactive communications by the students, they should be better prepared to work with co-workers and supervisors when stepping into a full time job upon graduation.
Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
INDR 3003 SACS
Directed Independent Research
(spring semester only) (in Chinese)
(Prerequisite: placement in “China - Advanced High I” or above)
INDR 3003 SCGC
Directed Independent Research
(spring semester only) (in English)
CIEE supports qualified students who wish to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project while in Shanghai. Interested students must submit a research proposal including a clearly defined research topic, explanation of research plans, description of preparation in the planned area of study, list of resources, tentative outline of a final paper, and 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 center director and the student’s home institution prior to arrival on the program. In Shanghai, students may pursue independent research in Asian studies, business, economics, film studies, gender studies, history, international relations, literature, management, marketing, politics, religious studies, or sociology.