AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Suzhou, China
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Course Descriptions

   

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses after the course code. Students are advised to select 3 courses per semester plus a Chinese language course for a total of 4 courses and 12 credits.

Students who opt to stay for the full year are eligible to receive the XJTLU Diploma of China Studies after completing 8 courses (modules) within the China Studies program. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the XJTLU.

Chinese Language Courses, Fall/Spring

Fall Semester: Students are advised to take one Chinese language course plus three elective courses.
Spring Semester: Students select one Chinese Language Course (mandatory) plus three elective courses.

Course Code and Credits: CL 102 (3)
Course Title: Elementary Chinese I
Course Description:
Description coming soon.
Course Code and Credits: CL 103 (3)
Course Title: Elementary Chinese II
Course Description:
Description coming soon.
Course Code and Credits: CL 201 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate Chinese
Course Description:
Description coming soon.

Fall Elective Courses

Course Code and Credits: CCS 101 (3)
Course Title: Chinese Civilization
Course Description:
Provides an introduction to the major elements of Chinese civilization and to the scholarly literature devoted to Chinese thought, art, religion, and science.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 103 (3)
Course Title: Chinese History
Course Description:
An introduction to Chinese history of the pre-imperial and imperial periods and to the scholarly literature devoted to Chinese history and China’s historical relations with other cultures and civilizations.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 104 (3)
Course Title: China: Society and Development
Course Description:
Provides an introduction to social development in the People's Republic of China (PRC) and to the social science literature on both social development generally, and in the PRC.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 105 (3)
Course Title: Twentieth Century China
Course Description:
Provides an introduction to the history of the Chinese Communist Party and the People's Republic of China. The aim is to provide a foundation of historical and background information to modules in the BA in China Studies.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 201 (3)
Course Title: International China
Course Description:
Provides an understanding of China’s role in international affairs, with particular emphasis on the increase in its economic importance.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 203 (3)
Course Title: Social Stratification and Change
Course Description:
Provides students with an understanding of the patterns, processes and consequences of difference and equality in China, the literature on the subject, and policy implications.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 209 (3)
Course Title: China: Enterprise and Enterprise Development
Course Description:
Provides an introduction to enterprise and business development in China, and is designed to build a knowledge foundation in all the key entrepreneurial subject areas, with a particular focus on the Chinese context.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 301 (3)
Course Title: Local Government
Course Description:
Focuses on the interaction between Chinese society and its system of governance at sub-national levels.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 304 (3)
Course Title: Understanding Gender
Course Description:
An exploration of the role of gender in Chinese society and the sociology of China.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 307 (3)
Course Title: Chinese Theater and Drama
Course Description:
Theater and performance in China have distinct origins and evolution. This module provides an introduction to the history and practice of theater and performance in all its diversity across the Chinese-speaking world.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 309 (3)
Course Title: China: International Trade
Course Description:
The aim of this module is to provide students with broad understanding of the nature and determinants of the pattern of international trade, capital flows, and the inter-relations between the two. These topics will be studied with specific focus on the Chinese economy and its major trading partners.

Spring Elective Courses

Course Code and Credits: CCS 106 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Chinese Literature
Course Description:
Provides an introduction to the range, contents, and genres of Chinese literature from early historical fiction through to contemporary fiction and reportage.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 107 (3)
Course Title: China: Government and Politics
Course Description:
Provides an introduction to the government and public policy systems of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and to the social science literature on both government and politics generally, and in the PRC.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 108 (3)
Course Title: Doing Business in China
Course Description:
Develops an understanding of the Chinese philosophy of doing business and examines how relationships can be cultivated and developed within Chinese organizations.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 202 (3)
Course Title: China and East Asia
Course Description:
Surveys the security challenges and cooperation in the broader Indo-Pacific Region against the background of a rising China. In particular, it will focus on how China’s rise both affects and is affected by regional geo-strategic alignments, economic interdependence, and growing multilateral institutions.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 204 (3)
Course Title: China, Family and Society
Course Description:
Discusses the fact that there is no single model of “The Chinese Family” and develops an understanding of the complexity of Chinese “families” across the twentieth century and throughout the country.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 206 (3)
Course Title: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
Course Description:
Examines Chinese literature since 1919. In the first part it concentrates on the period before 1949 that saw a remarkable flourishing of modern Chinese literature discussing literary styles, themes and interactions with society. It then considers literature in the People's Republic of China starting with socialist realism. There have been dramatic changes in the evolution of Chinese literature, some of which echo earlier periods and literatures and some of which represent new departures for Chinese literary life and the module considers these.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 208 (3)
Course Title: China: Regional Development
Course Description:
Designed to develop a sound understanding and appreciation of the development of the cities and provinces within China and the future directions of the regions. An understanding of the reasons for change from an agricultural economy to a manufacturing/service economy will also be discussed.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 302 (3)
Course Title: Social Policy
Course Description:
Aims to understand the evolution of social policy in China through an examination of theories and ideologies influencing it, to then carry out an analysis of such policies.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 303 (3)
Course Title: West China
Course Description:
Provides students with a detailed understanding of the society and cultures of West China, as well as its regional development and the literature on internal development.
Course Code and Credits: CCS 308 (3)
Course Title: China: The Public Sector
Course Description:
Provides students with a detailed knowledge of China’s public sector and its reforms.