This seminar, required for all Beijing undergraduates (graduate students have option to audit), is designed for students with little or no prior study of China. Through lectures, guest speakers, and site visits, you will start the exploration of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, its many facets of tradition and culture, its glorious past, its bitter memories of imperial decline and its ongoing struggle with history and modernity. Initially we travel to Xi’an, the ancient capital of China to get a glimpse of the past; Beijing, the more recent and current political and cultural center; and finally to Shanghai, a city many believe embodies China’s aspiration for the future. During the semester, students focus on cultural exploration. Through readings, group discussions, reflection on personal experiences and collective examination of lessons, this part of the seminar will help you better understand and appreciate cultural nuances and develop effective intercultural communication skills.
Department: Political Science
Locations: Beijing, Tsinghua