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Chengdu Courses – 2021 Summer Session II

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.

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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

  • Summer Session I
    100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Chinese
    Summer Session II
    100-level 1 credit Taught in English and Chinese

    This course is for beginner Chinese language learners who are interested in improving their language skills to function in a Chinese speaking society. Subjects and themes for each session are specifically designed to accommodate the needs of visiting students and the vocabulary words reflect what students are likely to encounter in daily life. Students will focus on speaking and listening comprehension. Students are expected to actively participate in class activities.

  • Summer Session I
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in Chinese
    Summer Session II
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in Chinese

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in Chinese
    Summer Session II
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 100-level 4 credits Taught in Chinese

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
    Summer Session II
    Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
    Summer Session II
    Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Chinese 300-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
    Summer Session II
    Chinese 300-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Chinese 300-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese
    Summer Session II
    Chinese 300-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    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.

Chinese Culture Studies and International Relations

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

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    Economics General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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

  • Summer Session I
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course is designed for students to expand their knowledge of the government and politics of China while developing analytical and research writing skills. It will provide a comprehensive understanding of the Chinese society from 1949 to the present (concentrate on after the Open and Reform Policy). Chinese history, culture, social and political system will be introduced in this class. Methodology includes introduction, discussions, analysis, comparison and seminars.

    Prerequisites: Introductory-level political science or research writing course

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English/Chinese
    Summer Session II
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English/Chinese

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Recreation / Physical Education 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

    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.

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Students will explore Chinese history from the country’s birth to the modern era. The course will present the evolution and development of tradition, culture, philosophical thought, political organization, social structure, economic institutions, religious practice, and foreign relations in China.

    Prerequisites: one semester of college history

  • Summer Session II
    Art 200-level 2 credits Taught in English

    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

  • Summer Session II
    Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English/Chinese
    Summer Session II
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English/Chinese

    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.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Spring: Suspended

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer Session I (5 weeks): Open

Summer Session II (4 weeks): Open

Summer Session I&II (9 weeks): Open

Fall/Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Approval from Home University

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

50 students

Instruction

English | Chinese

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