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China and India are increasingly commanding international and scholarly attention as rising economic powerhouses and strategic partners. Their rapid growth provides the foundation for the Alliance’s newest program – Power, Politics, and Population – launching in fall 2014. Through the lens of their capital cities, Beijing and Delhi, students examine the regional and international power dynamics, domestic politics, and population pressures that shape these nations’ presence on the world stage.
With 8 weeks in each country, this 15-credit program features coursework that spans international affairs, culture and society, communication and media studies, and political economy, a rich slate of co-curricular field-based activities, and unparalleled insider access to the people and institutions driving change in these two emerging Asian superpowers.
For a total of 15 credits in fall and spring terms, students take the following curriculum:
This multi-country program offers students the unique opportunity to live in two of the world’s most dynamic capital cities and to discover the international, national, and regional currents that compose their vibrant urban landscapes.
The political, educational, and cultural center of China, Beijing holds a commanding position as the capital of the world’s most populous country. The seat of Chinese government and the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Beijing offers a fitting environment in which to explore the evolution and adaptation of China’s governing institutions, the construction and implementation of national policy and the distribution of evolving political ideologies that have informed and guided the transformation of the Chinese economy, society, and population since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. Weaving through the city’s few remaining hutongs one encounters a storied past of an ancient civilization now wrestling with its modern incarnation. While the city is replete with historical treasures, Beijing is buzzing with restaurants, museums, and movie theaters, and is home to some of the most cutting-edge architectural projects in the world. Government agencies that oversee layers of power across China, international organizations, think tanks, academic research institutes, and NGOs also abound in this exciting and expanding modern city. From the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven to Tiananmen Square and the Great Hall of the People, Beijing’s most famous landmarks serve as a reminder of its leading role in Asia and around the world.
The burgeoning city of Delhi is India’s unmistakable center of power and the heart of the world’s largest democracy. With a massive new international airport and expanding comprehensive metro system, and hundreds of new markets, shopping malls, restaurants, and movie theaters attracting millions of consumers each day, the National Capital Region (NCR) has become an engine for economic growth and a magnet for commerce, media, fashion and the arts. Delhi will soon be one of the largest cities in the world, yet its historic charm still prevails in the narrow winding lanes of Old Delhi and along the grand tree-lined boulevards of New Delhi. The vibrant chaos of this urban metropolis is balanced with a stroll through one of the city’s lush green parks dotted with historic Moghul and British landmarks. From Rajpath, Rashtrapati Bhavan, and Parliament to the Red Fort, Humayan’s Tomb, and the Qutab Minar, Delhi’s historic monuments are a testament to its role as the capital city of the second most populous country in the world.
Beginning in Fall 2014, this multi-country program offers a 15-credit curriculum that includes a core course and four in-country content courses. Syllabi are forthcoming.
The core course runs for the duration of the program and offers a comparative look at China and India through the lens of their capital cities, Beijing and Delhi, examining the regional and international power dynamics, domestic politics, and population pressures that drive and inform these two increasingly important global players. As part of this course, students complete a capstone research project that examines a particular area of their interest within a comparative framework.
Two 8-week courses are run in each country, respectively, totaling 12 of the 15 credits. Courses may change according to faculty availability.
The notion of soft power, as articulated in the work of Harvard political scientist Joseph Nye, is defined as ‘the ability to attract people to our side without coercion.’ Though Nye focuses primarily on the United States, this notion has gained currency around the world. India in particular is experiencing a cultural and economic ascendance that in some ways eclipses more traditional forms of geopolitical and military muscle. How does soft power apply to India’s portrayal of itself in the global marketplace of images and ideas? How does the global Indian diaspora—and the rise of its IT industry—play into India’s use of soft power? How do cultural exports such as yoga or Bollywood ‘brand’ a nation? This course explores these questions through an in-country examination of India’s airwaves and Delhi as an incubator of national identity.
The relations between Delhi as the seat of central government and the increasingly assertive state governments is a fascinating dynamic at the heart of the world’s largest democracy. But even beyond the state level, panchayats, traditional local councils composed of respected elders, exert powerful influence in the formation of policy, the elevation (or vilification) of national leaders, conflict and dialogue over land, water, and energy rights, and negotiation of gender, caste, and urban-rural divides. In such a large, complex, and rapidly developing democracy such as India, political dynamics from panchayats to Parliament offer students rich avenues for insight into broader issues of political economy, social activism, and reform.
With a political culture that may discourage direct forms of dissent, political dialogue and social discourse in China often takes place through expressive and creative avenues of contemporary culture. Through film, music, dance, and the visual arts—and delving into the heart of Beijing’s rich and vibrant contemporary culture—this course examines social and political discourse in China through the lens of its capital city.
As a vast, rapidly evolving experiment in combining a socialist political system with a market economy, China offers a compelling case study of the intersections between a communist-inspired political ideology and the lure and promises of consumer-oriented capitalism. How does the government and ruling Communist party resolve this apparent contradiction, and how is it negotiated on the governance and policy level? How does the largest nation in the world, economic powerhouse and indefatigable producer and consumer of goods negotiate and navigate the tension between sweeping social and economic changes in society, growing disparities, and the ideological vision of its 20th-century founders? This course leverages Beijing as a seat of power in which these questions are debated and decided, exposing students to their complexities, tensions, and resolutions.
One important and distinctive component of this program is the capstone research project, intended to challenge students to engage a topic of academic interest to them within a comparative framework.
The capstone project is a research project that makes use of more than academic readings and published research. While these are important components of research and should be included in the project, the capstone is intended to promote taking learning outside the classroom and into the host context. Students use resources they would not have access to at their home universities, incorporating interviews, participant observation, and other methods to create a reflective final paper and presentation. Many students continue to build upon the research of their capstone after their return as the foundation for a senior thesis, publication, or conference presentation.
The capstone project is a graded component of the core course, and comprises 40% of the grade for this course. Graded project work includes a project abstract with a problem statement and research methodology outline, a PowerPoint presentation, and a final paper.
A study abroad experience is first and foremost an academic experience, and the Alliance for Global Education takes the process of credit and grade conversion seriously.
The Alliance provides information on credit transfer and conversion at the time that a student chooses courses. Credit appears on transcripts issued by Arcadia University at the completion of a student's term of study abroad. Credit is issued in U.S. semester hours, ensuring that students continue to make progress toward their degrees and verifying the full-time academic load a student carries while abroad.
All Alliance courses have been reviewed and approved by Arcadia University’s Undergraduate Academic Programs Committee. Arcadia University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Any grades that appear on an Arcadia transcript must meet Middle States' standards.
Students receive a letter grade on a scale from A to F for every course they take while enrolled on an Alliance program. Although policies at students' individual home institutions may differ, the Alliance does not permit students to take courses on a credit/no credit basis. Student grades are determined by criteria set forth in course syllabi. As noted above, all Alliance courses are reviewed and approved by Arcadia University’s Undergraduate Academic Programs Committee. Arcadia University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
At the conclusion of a program, the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University sends an official Arcadia University transcript to a participant's home school and an unofficial copy to the participant.
Because universities abroad have different administrative structures, transcripts may take longer to issue than they do at U.S. institutions. While the timeline varies by program, a general timeline for issuing transcripts is:
If you have a question about the process, please feel free to contact your program manager responsible.
Please note: Transcripts are not released for students with an outstanding balance due to program fees. Students enrolling in consecutive terms with the Alliance do not receive their first term transcript until their second term fees are paid in full.
The 16-17 week fall program begins in Beijing in mid-August. After 8 weeks in Beijing, the program shifts to Delhi for 8 weeks beginning in mid-October, and concludes there in mid-December.
The 16-17 week spring program begins in Delhi in mid-January. After 8 weeks in Delhi, the program shifts to Beijing for 8 weeks beginning in mid-March, and concludes there in mid-May.
No summer program is currently planned.
|Fall 2014 Program||$ 17,990|
The program price includes tuition and fees, pre-departure materials, guidance with applying for a visa, orientation, housing, weekly activities, all textbooks, airfare between the two countries mid-semester, the services of a full-time Resident Director, and medical and evacuation insurance.
The program price does not include airfare between the U.S. and China or India at the beginning and end of the program, or meals, passport and visa fees, independent travel, and other items not mentioned as included.
The Alliance encourages students to enroll for more than one term and to consider studying with more than one Alliance program. Some students choose to spend fall term in one location and spring term in another. Others continue in our summer term after completing spring. Students who continue into a second term with the Alliance receive a $500 discount on the program fee for the second term. All combinations (two semesters, semester plus summer, two semesters plus summer) are possible.
In Beijing, students live in dormitory housing at our partner university.
In Delhi, students live in fully furnished double rooms at a hostel or apartment in central or south Delhi.
There will be a number of field visits related to students’ coursework organized during weekdays, as well as supplemental co-curricular activities on weekends. The field visits leverage the Alliance’s insider access in both capital cities and help students enrich their understanding of China and India in areas related to governance, development, foreign policy, political reform, social issues and U.S.-China and U.S.-India relations as well as China-India relations.
Supplementary weekend activities may include visits to the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, 798 Art District, the National Museum of Urban Planning, the Lama Temple, the Beijing Confucius Temple and its neighborhood, the Forbidden City, and Jingshan Park; a guided walk through Old Beijing neighborhoods and lunch with local families; and a traditional Chinese Medicine workshop.
Supplementary weekend activities may include meals with local families and visits to Old Delhi, Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Nizammudin area, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, Lodi Gardens, School of Planning and Architecture, and Delhi Fashion Week.