Shanghai, China
USAC
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Course Information

Shanghai, China | 2018 Summer Session I

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. 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. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions and prerequisites.

Chinese Language Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with two to five credits of Chinese taught each session. You are required to take a Chinese language or conversation course appropriate to your level to help you to assimilate into the community. Chinese Conversation is highly recommended to complement Intermediate Chinese I through Advanced Chinese II.

Session I

  • Introduction to Chinese Language I (CHI, 100-level, 2 credits, required if not taking intensive Chinese language)
  • Elementary Chinese I (CHI, 100-level, 4 credits)
  • Intermediate Chinese I (CHI, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese.
  • Advanced Chinese I (CHI, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: four semesters of college Chinese.
  • Chinese Conversation (CHI, 200-level, 2 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese. This course is required for students not taking intensive Chinese language, but who have completed two semesters of college Chinese or the equivalent.

Session II

  • Introduction to Chinese I (CHI, 100-level, 2 credits, required if not taking intensive Chinese language)
  • Introduction to Chinese II (CHI, 100-level, 2 credits, required if not taking intensive Chinese language) Prerequisite: Introduction to Chinese I or the equivalent.
  • Elementary Chinese II (CHI, 100-level, 4 credits) Prerequisite: one semester of college Chinese.
  • Intermediate Chinese II (CHI, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: three semesters of college Chinese.
  • Advanced Chinese II (CHI, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: five semesters of college Chinese.
  • Chinese Conversation (CHI, 200-level, 2 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese. This course is required for students not taking intensive Chinese language, but who have completed two semesters of college Chinese or the equivalent.

International Business and Electives

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

U.S. Professors

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

Session I:

Dr. Sanjay Sisodiya | University of Idaho

Course offered:

Sanjay R. Sisodiya earned his PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Washington State University. He currently teaches introduction to marketing (marketing principles), new product development, international marketing, retail management, and marketing strategy within the College of Business and Economics at the University of Idaho.

Session II:

Dr. Ahmed Deif | California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Course offered:

Ahmed Deif is an assistant professor of operation management at the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly. He holds a PhD in manufacturing systems from University of Windsor in Canada. He brings to USAC an international teaching experience from more than 5 universities across 3 continents as well as 15 years of practical experience in manufacturing and services industries.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Chinese I

Summer Session I (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. (Session I)

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Advanced Chinese II

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. (Session II)

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Chinese Business Issues and Practices

Summer Session I (International Business, Management; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course is to provide a comprehensive view of Chinese business issues and practices from holistic standpoint rather than the narrow functional approach that usually found in international studies. It addresses key topical issues of modern Chinese business and considers how these issues are developing in the various stages and different industries in China.

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Chinese Conversation

Summer Session I (Chinese; 200-level; 2 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 200-level; 2 credits)

The objective of Chinese Conversation is to help beginning Chinese speakers function in a Chinese speaking society. Subjects and themes will be tailored to facilitate the needs of visiting students, and vocabulary study will reflect what students are likely to encounter in daily life. Complete understanding of the brief grammar section will be paramount to a 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 in class is both encouraged and expected, and questions are welcome. Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college Chinese.

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Chinese Cuisine

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

Cuisine culture is a very important part of Chinese culture. We will introduce the history, main category of Chinese cuisine and emphasis on making the four mainstream ones: Shanghai, Sichuan, Cantonese and Huaiyang Cuisine. We will introduce the history, the development as well as their features.

As we all know that Chinese food is not only famous for wok dishes but also Dim Sums. For the rest of the lessons, we will arrange lessons for making Dim Sums.

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Chinese Culture and Society

Summer Session I (Anthropology, Chinese, Sociology; 200-level; 1 credit)

The course is to illustrate cultural and social mainstream of contemporary China, to familiarize students with the underlying values and practices that shape modern Chinese, with presentations, film clips and analysis on various historic events, legends, traditions, ancient philosophies, religions and social norms in a sociological and economic perspective.

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Elementary Chinese I

Summer Session I (Chinese; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills.

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Elementary Chinese II

Summer Session II (Chinese; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. Prerequisite: one semester of college Chinese. (Session II)

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Intermediate Chinese I

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

These courses emphasize the sentence structure of the Chinese language. Classes are divided into three parts: grammar, reading and writing. The objective of these courses is to further develop Chinese language skills, both oral and written. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese. (Session I)

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Intermediate Chinese II

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

These courses emphasize the sentence structure of the Chinese language. Classes are divided into three parts: grammar, reading and writing. The objective of these courses is to further develop Chinese language skills, both oral and written. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Chinese. (Session II)

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International Business Management

Summer Session II (International Business, Management; 400-level; 3 credits)

Entering the new millennium, the environment that corporations operate in has been developed beyond recognition. Along with information technology, international management is the major challenge facing organisations in the new century. Students must now be knowledgeable about the international dimensions of management. Prerequisite: lower level Business core. Taught in English. (Session I)

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International Marketing

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

Foreign market operations; economic, ethics, cultural, history, legal, and political aspects of international markets and how they interact with the marketing mix. The course is intended to expand cultural diversity in a marketing and business context. Emphasis will be placed on analysis of the business environment and Business-to-Business interactions (including innovation, financial markets, exchange markets, etc.). Active participation is encouraged and questions are welcome.

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Introduction to Chinese Language I

Summer Session I (Chinese; 100-level; 2 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 100-level; 2 credits)

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.

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Introduction to Chinese Language II

Summer Session II (Chinese; 100-level; 2 credits)

This course is an extension of Introduction to Chinese I. The objective is to continue improving the language-speaking skills. Subject and themes will be tailored to facilitate the needs of visiting students, and the focus will still be the daily life communication. Complete understanding of the brief grammar section will be a paramount to 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.

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Supply Chain Management

Summer Session II (Supply Chain Management; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course focuses on management and improvement of supply chain processes and performance. It explores supply chain design strategies, metrics of supply chain performance, networks coordination/integration, and basic tools for effective and efficient supply chain management. The course also relates logistics, production planning, and inventory control and order fulfillment activities to supply chain coordination. We will also investigate topics such as global supply chain challenges, outsourcing, sustainability, and several other recent supply chain innovations. In addition to course materials, students will also learn and apply through case studies analysis and simulation games.

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Tai Chi

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

As part of the program, you will have the opportunity to practice Tai Chi two hours each week. Tai Chi is the traditional Chinese martial art which is used by many Chinese today to stay physically fit, and which provides insights on the culture and philosophy of the Chinese.

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