Shanghai, China
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Shanghai Courses - 2019 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. 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. Young Cheon Cho | California State University, Chico

Course offered:

Dr. Young Cheon Cho has been teaching courses on communication, media, and culture, emphasizing the historical, political, cultural, and philosophical contexts. In terms of his research, he has been performing comparative and international criticism of theories of political participation and democratic deliberation in the global public sphere.

Session II:

Dr. Ling-Ling Tsao | University of Idaho

Course offered:

In addition to teaching and research in early childhood education and nutrition areas, Dr. Tsao is CDC’s Act Early ambassador to Idaho to help parents learn the signs of healthy development in their child and to act early when they have a concern.

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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China Phenomenon: Society, Politics and Business

Summer Session I (General Business, Political Science, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

The recent Chinese economic, social and political development attracts worldwide attention. The fast economic growth is presented as the ‘China Miracle’ or ‘China Phenomenon’ frequently in new media. However, concerns of impacts and implications of the growing power of China on the rest of the world overtake the fuzzy terms in news headlines. This module intends to explore the sources and implications of China’s ‘Peaceful Rise.’

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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)

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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Early Childhood Education and Sustainable Development

Summer Session II (Early Childhood Education, Human Development and Family Studies; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course draws from research in neuroscience, psychology, and other human sciences to discuss early childhood development and explore its role in achieving the sustainable development goal. Students will not only learn how the environment interacts with the body to build brain architecture and influence’s growth and development, but also how child development and its contexts vary across cultures and societies, and how programs and policies support children’s development as well.

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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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Entrepreneurship in a Global Market

Summer Session II (General Business; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to teach students about entrepreneurship and give them actual hands on experience as to what it takes to transform an idea into a fundable business. The course will cover all of the elements an entrepreneur starting a new business must go through to be properly prepared to start, grow and run a successful business. Major elements will include developing soft skills in team building and leadership, developing a due diligence and presentation package, selecting and working with investors, the “Pitch” and what to expect after funding.

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Intercultural Communication

Summer Session I (Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)

Today, we are in a world where we experience the increasing frequencies of intercultural encounters. We are also witnessing diffusing conflicts that range across race, gender, class, religion, nation, and culture. While some intercultural encounters can be significantly rewarding; they can be also extremely challenging, because they often involve stereotyping and discrimination. This course aims to introduce you to some central topics of intercultural communication. Examining various historical, cultural, and political contexts in which intercultural communication occurs, this course will ask you to (re)consider if and how we can achieve a peaceful unity without obliterating difference.

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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 (International Business, Marketing; 400-level; 3 credits)

The module is designed to enable students to develop marketing strategies and plans in and across a range of different international market environments. As well as extending students' marketing and strategic skills obtained in earlier modules into a global context, it develops knowledge and skills in international marketing processes.

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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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Tai Chi

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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