Chengdu, China
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Chengdu Courses - 2020 Summer Session II

Summer Session I has been cancelled due to CDC and State Department advisory levels.  A decision regarding Summer Session II will be made mid-April. Please check back here for updates.

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You will enroll in three to six credits in Session I and in three to five credits in Session II (Session II students taking intensive Chinese language as one of their courses may enroll in six credits). At least one 3-credit course is required in each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Chinese Language Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with one to four credits of Chinese taught in each session. Language courses have a maximum enrollment of 12 students each. Higher levels are available for advanced speakers.

Session I and Session II

Chinese Culture Studies and International Relations

Taught in English
The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies.

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session I:

Dr. Samara Anarbaeva | California State University, Chico

Course offered:

Dr. Samara Anarbaeva is an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Public Relations at California State University, Chico. Dr. Anarbaeva has taught communication, journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising classes at various universities in the U.S. Her research focuses on global public relations, crisis communication, social media, intercultural and international communication.

Session II:

Dr. Margaret Mulhern | Boise State University

Course offered:

Dr. Margaret Mulhern teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at Boise State University in the Department of Literacy, Language and Culture. Her focus is the preparation of teachers to teach English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education. She has taught English learners in Japan, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States to students from pre-school to adult.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Chinese I

Summer Session I (Chinese; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 300-level; 3 credits)

The objectives of the advanced Chinese language classes are to increase your knowledge of the language and to improve your ability to express yourself. This will be presented through practical material and permits you to have a better understanding of the use of the language. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature.

Prerequisite: four semesters of college Chinese.

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Advanced Chinese II

Summer Session I (Chinese; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 300-level; 3 credits)

The objectives of the advanced Chinese language classes are to increase your knowledge of the language and to improve your ability to express yourself. This will be presented through practical material and permits you to have a better understanding of the use of the language. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature.

Prerequisite: five semesters of college Chinese.

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Ancient Chinese History

Summer Session II (History; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course will be a survey of China’s history from the birth of civilization up to the modern era. We will examine the evolution and development of tradition, culture, philosophical thought, political organization, social structure, economic institutions, religious practice, and foreign relations in China. We will also compare social institutions and technological developments as they emerged in China and the West.

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Chinese Calligraphy

Summer Session II (Art; 200-level; 2 credits)

This course is designed for foreign students who are interested in Chinese calligraphy. In this class, general knowledge of Chinese calligraphy will be introduced, and basic techniques will be taught. The purpose of this course is not to make the students to be outstanding calligraphers, but to help them learn the basic skills of Chinese calligraphy step by step.

Chinese calligraphy, as one of the most glorious traditional arts in China, is the unique artistic form of Chinese characters. By using a writing brush, Chinese calligraphy expresses the writer’s learning and cultivation, thoughts and feelings, and character and ideology through the changing movements of dots and lines.

Chinese calligraphy has a long history of over 3000 years. It embodies the five thousand–years Chinese cultural accumulation and reflects Chinese philosophy and incorporates the aesthetic properties of Chinese music, dancing and painting etc.

"If you don’t understand Chinese calligraphy, you would not have a thorough understanding of Chinese culture." In view of the above-mentioned characteristics of Chinese calligraphy, we offer this course. By introduction its development history, culture origins, style and skills, especially through plenty of practice, we aim at making students develop a deeper understanding of the basics of traditional Chinese culture

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Chinese Economy

Summer Session I (Economics, General Business; 400-level; 3 credits)

Students will apply theories to various Chinese economic policies and complete a historical examination of China’s economic development with a special emphasis on its varying development strategies, and its prospects. This course is designed to create a space for students to discuss and debate difficult topics within economic development and Chinese economic policies.

Prerequisites: Introductory-level economics or economic theory course recommended

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Elementary Chinese I

Summer Session I (Chinese, World Languages and Literatures; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese, World Languages and Literatures; 100-level; 4 credits)

This introductory course in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) language is designed for beginners of Chinese study. It aims to develop the student’s functional language ability—the ability to use Mandarin Chinese in linguistically and socially appropriate ways. Emphasis is laid on training students in the four language skills, namely, listening, speaking, reading and writing, where speaking takes the lead. Various classroom activities, teacher-guide or students-centered, such as questions and answers, roll playing, pattern skills, dialogues, and oral presentations, provide the opportunity to practice speaking and listening.

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Elementary Chinese II

Summer Session I (Chinese, World Languages and Literatures; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese, World Languages and Literatures; 100-level; 4 credits)

This introductory course in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) language is designed for beginners of Chinese study. It aims to develop the student’s functional language ability—the ability to use Mandarin Chinese in linguistically and socially appropriate ways. Emphasis is laid on training students in the four language skills, namely, listening, speaking, reading and writing, where speaking takes the lead. Various classroom activities, teacher-guide or students-centered, such as questions and answers, roll playing, pattern skills, dialogues, and oral presentations, provide the opportunity to practice speaking and listening.

Prerequisite: one semester of college Chinese.

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Government and Politics in China

Summer Session I (Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course will be a brief survey of the government and politics of China. It will provide a comprehensive understanding of the Chinese society from 1949 to the present. Chinese history, culture, social and political system will be introduced in this class. Methodology includes introduction, discussions, analysis, comparison and seminars. Students are encouraged to be critical and analytical based on the understanding of their own.

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Intercultural Communication

Summer Session I (Speech Communications; 400-level; 3 credits)

In this course, students will develop their global awareness and cross-cultural communication competence. The course introduces students to the notions of culture, identity, difference, history, and power. Throughout the semester, students will learn how to approach and deal with intercultural issues and challenges. Main topics will focus on history, the influence of culture on sending and interpreting messages and analysis of intercultural exchanges.

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Intermediate Chinese I

Summer Session I (Chinese; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to further develop the students’ listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading and writing proficiency in Chinese. New grammar points will be introduced, and selected grammar points are reviewed during class sessions. Various activities - discussions, oral presentations, conversions - will provide the opportunity to practice on speaking and listening, class participation is therefore essential.

Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese.

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Intermediate Chinese II

Summer Session I (Chinese; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese I and is designed to further develop the students’ listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading and writing proficiency in Chinese. New grammar points will be introduced, and selected grammar points are reviewed during class sessions. Various activities - discussions, oral presentations, conversions - will provide the opportunity to practice on speaking and listening, class participation is therefore essential.

Prerequisite: three semesters of college Chinese.

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Introduction to Chinese Language I

Summer Session I (100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (100-level; 1 credit)

The objective of this course is to help beginning Chinese speakers function in a Chinese speaking society. Subject and themes will be tailored to facilitate the needs of visiting students, and vocabulary study reflects what students are likely to encounter in daily life. Complete understanding of the brief grammar section will be a paramount to s student’s success. However, it will still primarily emphasize speaking and listening comprehension. Study of written Chinese will be limited to what will be necessary for students to engage themselves in daily life. Active participation on class is both encouraged and expected, and questions are welcome.

Required if not taking intensive Chinese language.

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Modern Chinese Culture and Society

Summer Session II (Chinese; 200-level; 3 credits)

Students will evaluate Chinese culture and society by means of a descriptive and analytic survey of chosen topics. While focusing on the cultural and social mainstream of contemporary China, the course also presents and analyzes various historic events, legends, traditions, ancient philosophies, religions and social norms in a sociological and economic perspective so as to enable students to have a better understanding of the evolution of and interactions between the Chinese culture and society.

Field trips to museums and theatre of Sichuan opera are part of the course.

Major topics include but are not limited to the following:

• Social Norms as Reflected in the Chinese Characters

• Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Their Influence on the Chinese Culture and Society

• Chinese Ethnic Minorities

• Education in China

• Sex, Marriage and Family Life in China, Today and the Past

• Family Plan and Birth Control

• Cultural Revolution

• China’s Economic Reform and Opening Up Policies

• Holidays and Traditional Festivals: Their Folkloric Origin and Modern Impacts

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Sichuan Cuisine

Summer Session I (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

Cuisine is a very important part of Chinese culture. In this course, we will introduce the history and development of Chinese cuisine, with an emphasis Sichuan Cuisine. In addition to the classroom lectures, the course will focus on how to cook using traditional methods. This class includes lectures, field trips to local markets. Most importantly, students are taught how to make eight dishes and one desert that incorporate traditional flavors. These methods can be used to make many other dishes. Learn how to make eight dishes and one desert. After the class, students should be able to making the dishes independently.

This course has an additional fee for materials.

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Tai Chi

Summer Session I (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)

Taiji (Tai Chi) is also known as a form of “Kongfu,” a traditional Chinese art form and exercise. It is also believed to cultivate Yin and Yang. Zhang Sanfeng and Wang Zongyue are two famous scholars in China who theorized on the benefits of Taiji on the mind, body, and spirit.

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Teaching English as a Second Language Through Content

Summer Session II (General Education; 300-level; 3 credits)

Instructional strategies, techniques, and methods for teaching language through content to English Language Learners. Application of ELD standards to creating lesson and unit plans that integrate content and language instruction. Focus on differentiation, scaffolding and culturally responsive instruction.

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