This 15-credit program offers 9 class hours per week of Chinese language as well as the opportunity to take various courses in English that examine modern Shanghai’s rapid urbanization, China’s encounter with the World, energy and water issues, and green technology initiatives in this dynamic Asian megacity.
Beginning in Spring 2014, Students must enroll in:
FUDA SOCI260 Chinese Society in the 21st Century (required, 3 class hours/week, 3 credits)
This course examines the transformation in Chinese society since the founding of the People's Republic of China, with emphasis on the changes brought about in the wake of the economic reforms of the 1980s and 1990s. Topics include the urban and rural social transformation introduced by the reforms, the changing relationship between individual and society, the urban/rural divide, population control and the one child policy. Students explore the social consequences of China's rapid integration into the global economy. All students complete a Capstone Research Project as part of this course.
All elective courses are taught in English and meet for three class hours per week. Class lectures, readings, and discussions are complimented with relevant fieldwork and site visits. Students must enroll in two courses from the following list.
Those elective courses listed in italics will be offered for Alliance students beginning in the Spring 2014 semester.
FUDA URBN390 Urban Planning (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)
As a laboratory of urban planning in China, Shanghai’s urban planning department continues to encounter the stresses and opportunities of a rapidly urbanizing country – even as urban planning has changed from being a Maoist era provider of social goods to a supporter of China’s expansion through the new real estate market. Students investigate various stakeholders’ positions and make both design and policy suggestions when assessing issues such as: pursuing or pinpointing designs, landmark architecture, the Bund silhouette as part of Shanghai’s brand, the effects of Shanghai’s increasing and diversifying population, rising housing costs and its relationship with domicide and gentrification, and urban sprawl.
FUDA ARCH392 Architecture and Design: China’s Encounter with the World (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)
Shanghai’s unparalled history of melding Chinese and international architecture begins with its birth as a site of colonial encounter. An exploration of the architecture and city planning of the concession period is followed by consideration of the Mao-era vision of the industrial socialist city and the repurposing of architectural heritage. The course concludes by considering the impact of the marketizing reform era as well as Shanghai’s newest internationally designed landmark buildings and its branding as a ‘green’ city. Students argue policy and design aspects of the sites concerned and consider whether Shanghai’s melded approach to international architectural encounter will enable it to escape its possible 'generic' future.
FUDA ENVI 385 Energy, Water, and Green Technology (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)
As one of the world’s largest and fastest growing cities, intricately connected to global flows of commodities and people, Shanghai represents an enormous environmental challenge regionally, nationally, and globally. With a rapidly growing population, rising lifestyle expectations, and continuing industrial production, urban China’s usage of water and energy resources is a key question for those concerned with a sustainable future. This course localizes these issues by investigating Shanghai as a case study, and students practice methods used by researchers and policy makers to address largest questions on urban environmental issues in China.
FUDA HIST310 Pearl of the Orient: Shanghai’s Colonial History (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)
Already known as an important location for shipping and trade, Shanghai became an international hub following its designation as a treaty port in 1842. This course focuses on how global flows of people, money, goods and ideas have formed and transformed the city since its colonial opening, during the Maoist period, and into the current post-Reform era of marketization. In addition, discussions address how foreign colonial era ideas interacted with Chinese concepts and values as well as laid the foundations for the Republican and Communist political ideologies which are being transformed today once again.
FUDA SOCI265 21st Century Urban Culture (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)
The residents of Shanghai are proud of being exemplars of China’s rapidly urbanizing population and many outsiders are drawn by Shanghai’s cosmopolitan big city chic. Yet not all of the city’s residents or visitors have access to its fast-paced urban lifestyle. Class modules include: Shanghai’s internationalized pop culture; the high cost of living; mobility, loneliness, and associative life; the idea of becoming elite; and business and pleasure. Utilizing the theoretical and methodological approaches introduced in class materials and discussions, students investigate one topic through interviews, observation and/or other primary sources.
FUDA IAFF350 Contemporary Chinese Politics: State, Party, People (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)
This course examines the current political leadership of China, urban and rural relations, nationalism and foreign policy, mass participation, the emergence of the rule of law, and state and society issues.
FUDA ECON370 Opening and Reform: China's Economic Development since 1978 (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)
In the last twenty-five years, China has been the fastest growing economy in the world. In this course, students will explore the historical stages and effectiveness of the economic policies that have shaped China's emergence as a major player in the global economy. Students will examine the challenges posed by economic development and the prospects for China's economic future.
FUDA IAFF340 Sino-U.S. Relations: Superpower and Realignment (3 class hours/week, 3 credits)
The U.S.-China relationship is one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world. This course examines their intricate relationship, focusing on the period after 1949, when the People's Republic of China was proclaimed. What roles have trade and human rights played in the relationship? How have recent incidents, such as the American bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in 1999 and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, influenced the strategic Beijing-Washington relationship? What lies in the future, as China rises?
Chinese Language (required, 9 class hours/week, 6 credits)
No prior language study is required for admission to this track. Upon taking a placement exam after arrival, students will be placed into the appropriate language level. All courses emphasize listening, speaking, reading and writing. The Alliance programs teach Simplified Chinese Characters, standardized Chinese characters officially used in Mainland China. Click here to view a full listing of textbooks and lessons by Alliance program and course.
The syllabi below reflect the 9 credit hour course being offered to Alliance students through Fall 2013. More information coming soon on our new 6 credit hour course syllabi.