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BUSI 3004 SBLC
International Business Law: Policy, Decision Making and Law
We will examine 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”.
EAST 3006 SCGC/ POLI 3001 SCGC
Political Development in Modern China
The first half of this course will survey chronologically 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?”
EAST 3004 SCGC/ INRE 3001 SCGC
China’s International Relations
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.
EAST 3002 SBLC/ ECON 3002 SBLC
China’s Economic Reforms
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.
BUSI 3001 SBLC
Changing Nature of Business in China
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.
BUSI 3007 SBLC/ MKTG 3001 SBLC
Marketing Management and Methods in East Asia and Emerging Markets
The principal objective of this course is to help you 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, you 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.
CIEE offers an optional, one-credit Chinese language course to program participants. It is designed for beginning-level Chinese learners to develop practical oral communicative skills in Chinese. The course is function-oriented. A range of practical topics such as introducing oneself, discussing daily routines, how to make acquaintances, entertaining guests, shopping, negotiating price, asking for directions, seeing a doctor, etc. will be introduced in class.
Through the course, students will be able to carry out conversations in Chinese on a range of topics, such as introducing oneself, discussing daily routines, shopping, talking on the phone, reading and writing notes, letters, etc. Approximately 400 frequently used Chinese lexical items or expressions will be learned.