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Shanghai Courses – 2023 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 may take three to seven credits in Session I and three to five credits in Session II. Session II students taking intensive Chinese language as one of their courses may take six credits. At least one 3-credit course is required each session you are enrolled. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

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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

  • Summer Session I
    Chinese 100-level 2 credits Taught in English and Chinese Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Chinese 100-level 2 credits Taught in English and Chinese Cancelled

    This is an introductory Chinese class. The main focuses of the class will be placed on recognizing the four tones in Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese), practicing pronunciation, learning vocabulary and expressions that are related to student daily life in a foreign country, and building fundamentals in Chinese grammar. An introduction on the origin and structure of Chinese characters (Han Zi, the writing script) will also be introduced.

    Required if not taking intensive Chinese language.

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

    In this class, you will develop the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in modern Chinese. In class, you will practice speaking and listening skills in Mandarin Chinese (known as “Putonghua” - lit. “common speech” - in the Mainland China, and “Guoyu” - lit. “national language” - elsewhere) through instructional activities and assessment activities, and role plays, etc.

    However, this class is not a conversational class. Reading and writing skills are essential and indispensable components of Chinese literacy. Students are expected to write and recognize Chinese characters covered in the text material.

    This course will also introduce Chinese culture and traditions through the language learning.

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

    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.

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

    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 200-level 2 credits Taught in Chinese Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Chinese 200-level 2 credits Taught in Chinese Cancelled

    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.

    Required for students not taking intensive Chinese language

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese

Session II

  • Summer Session I
    Chinese 100-level 2 credits Taught in English and Chinese Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Chinese 100-level 2 credits Taught in English and Chinese Cancelled

    This is an introductory Chinese class. The main focuses of the class will be placed on recognizing the four tones in Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese), practicing pronunciation, learning vocabulary and expressions that are related to student daily life in a foreign country, and building fundamentals in Chinese grammar. An introduction on the origin and structure of Chinese characters (Han Zi, the writing script) will also be introduced.

    Required if not taking intensive Chinese language.

  • Summer Session II
    Chinese 100-level 2 credits Taught in English and Chinese Cancelled

    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. Includes an introduction to Chinese culture.

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Chinese Language I, or equivalent.

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

    In this class, you will develop the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in modern Chinese. In class, you will practice speaking and listening skills in Mandarin Chinese (known as “Putonghua” - lit. “common speech” - in the Mainland China, and “Guoyu” - lit. “national language” - elsewhere) through instructional activities and assessment activities, and role plays, etc.

    However, this class is not a conversational class. Reading and writing skills are essential and indispensable components of Chinese literacy. Students are expected to write and recognize Chinese characters covered in the text material. This course will also introduce Chinese culture and traditions through the language learning.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college Chinese.

  • Summer Session II
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese Cancelled

    Students will mainly focus on improving their Chinese pronunciation and tones, learning new grammar patterns and practicing the newly learned grammar and vocabulary. Organized in-class activities include daily dictation, quizzes, memorizing text and completing oral exercises such as retelling stories, making up dialogues, giving presentations, and performing skits. Students will study a variety of texts that reflect topics including culture, simple academic subjects, political issues, as well as controversial issues and events. Students will expand their vocabulary and enhance their grammar rapidly to handle these broad subjects.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college Chinese.

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

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Chinese 200-level 2 credits Taught in Chinese Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Chinese 200-level 2 credits Taught in Chinese Cancelled

    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.

    Required for students not taking intensive Chinese language

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese

International Business and Electives

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
    General Business Political Science Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    This course aims to explore the various elements of China’s rapid rise over the past decades, that is often depicted as the “China Miracle” or “China Phenomenon.” Highlighting the most salient issues and problems faced by China in political, economic, social and international arenas, this course provides a comprehensive introduction to the historical background, institutions, progresses and challenges of China’s modern development as well as its implications to the world. This course is designed to help students develop their own analytical framework on China-related topics that are of most interest to them. This course is research question-oriented, which means students must prepare themselves to ask and answer challenging questions concerning the one “theme question” addressed in each class.

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled

    An introduction to a local cuisine in a hands-on kitchen environment. Authentic preparations of several local dishes will be taught. Correct cooking techniques are emphasized. Readings and lectures on local food customs and traditions will support and contextualize the cooking instruction. Cuisine culture is a very important part of Chinese culture. The course will introduce the history of Chinese cuisine, with an emphasis on Shanghai, Sichuan, Cantonese, and Huaiyang Cuisine.

    This course has an additional fee for ingredients and materials.

  • Summer Session I
    International Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    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.

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    Entrepreneurship General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    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.

    Prerequisites: Introductory-level college business or entrepreneurship course

  • Summer Session II
    International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    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: introductory-level college business course

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

    Tai Chi is a Chinese Kungfu that incorporates mental and physical exercise. Students will develop knowledge of the historical and cultural significance of Tai Chi in addition to the physical activity.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Quick Details

2023-24 Application Cycle

  • Summer: Suspended
  • Fall/Yearlong: Open
    • Deadline: May 15
  • Spring: Open
    • Deadline: October 15

Eligibility

Preferred 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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