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Global Cities

SPRING SEMESTER IN SHANGHAI

Go Beyond!

Experience Shanghai like the locals do.

Shanghai is an exhilarating, fast-growing, and culturally rich Global City. With more than 24 million people, 40% of those being foreign-born, Shanghai is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world. You can enjoy both traditional and foreign cuisine at the many eateries in the city and take part in annual celebrations such as the Wuzhen International Theater Festival.

This immersive study abroad program gives you insight into the significant ways in which Shanghai has been imagined, invented, and transformed by globalization. Earn 12-15 credits. 

February 15, 2019
thru June 1, 2019
Program Fee: $13,495
Application Deadline November 24, 2018

The Shanghai Experience

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Experience

Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan Shanghai with our My Global City events: discover Shanghai’s hidden SoHo full of craft shops and cafes, marvel at the architecture in the Old French Concession, or go people watching at Nanjing Road pedestrian street.

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Live

You’ll live at ECNU’s international dormitories. Enhance your Mandarin skills and opt to room with a Chinese student!

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Learn

Take contextual courses taught in English or in Mandarin. Note: you are required to take a non-credit survival Mandarin course if you are not competent in the language.

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Intern

During your internship you'll acquire real-world professional skills. This is a great way to enhance your classroom experience and your resume!

Learn More

I wanted to interact with locals and explore, but also wanted an investment for my future. The internship provided invaluable lessons while I also had ample opportunities to seek out adventure. Studying abroad will be one of the most valuable decisions you will make as a college student.

Jason Baxter

Arizona State University

Program Inclusions

  • TuitionEarn 12-18 credits per semester (courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; internships are 3-6 credits). Credits are issued by State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego.
  • HousingYou will live at East China Normal University (ECNU)’s international dormitories. Through our Language Partner Program, you can opt to room with a Chinese student — a great way to enhance your Mandarin language skills (this option incurs an additional fee).
  • Local Transit PassA local transit pass for Shanghai metro and buses.
  • ActivitiesSocial events include an arrival reception at a traditional Chinese restaurant, movie nights, calligraphy and paper-cutting sessions, ice-skating, 10-pin bowling, and a farewell ceremony. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
  • InternshipParticipate in a part-time internship opportunity, earn 3-6 credits and gain valuable skills. Placements are available in English language. Note: 6 credit internship requires you to intern on evenings and weekends.
  • My Global CitySome events may include: visiting a huge 3-D scale model at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall; discovering the art scene at Tianzifang Arts and Crafts; enjoying a deli-cious Sichuan hotpot dining experience; exploring the architecture in the Old French Concession; relaxing in an oasis of calm in the Yu Garden; taking in the enchanting multimedia display at the famous China Pavilion from the Shanghai World Expo; or visiting historic temples.
  • ExcursionThree-day excursion to Beijing, a full-day excursion to Suzhou, and an overnight weekend excursion to Hangzhou.
  • 24/7 Emergency SupportWe maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure you have a safe and productive learning experience.
  • InsuranceAs a student in our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.
  • SupportThe CAPA team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations.

Courses

Advanced Chinese 3 Credit  

This course is designed for advanced Chinese language learners who can use mandarin to communicate with people about most daily topics without much difficulty. By taking this course, students will be able to continue developing their mandarin levels in reading, writing, listening and speaking in a collaborative learning environment. Authentic materials will be used in class from time to time. A variety of topics are covered to help students understand more about Chinese culture and society while learning the language. Tasks will be given both in and out of class to create opportunities for students to use the language in real life situations.

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SHGH CHIN 3310

Advanced Chinese 6 Credit  

This course is designed for advanced Chinese language learners who can use mandarin to communicate with people about most daily topics without much difficulty. By taking this course, students will be able to continue developing their mandarin levels in reading, writing, listening and speaking in a collaborative learning environment. Authentic materials will be used in class from time to time. A variety of topics are covered to help students understand more about Chinese culture and society while learning the language. Tasks will be given both in and out of class to create opportunities for students to use the language in real life situations. All students will take a placement exam upon arrival to determine the appropriate level for them.

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SHGH CHIN 3311

China's Macroeconomic Impact  

Since 1978 when China initiated economic reforms and opening up policies, the Chinese economy has been one of the fastest growing economies. China is now the world's second biggest economy, and the biggest exporter in commodities. On the other hand, China is also becoming one of the world's biggest energy importers and the biggest CO2 emitter. What are the impacts of China's rise on the global economy? What will other countries react to China's economic emergence? This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge of what has happened to China and its impacts on global economy in the last three decades. The course will offer in-depth discussion of Chinese macroeconomic development, industrial structure, trade pattern, economic imbalance, and its impact on the rest of the world economy, particularly on Asia, the US, and Africa.

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SHGH ECON 3368

Chinese Popular Culture  

This course takes a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary look at contemporary popular culture in China. Our mission is to not only gain a better understanding of life and culture in China, but to experience it as well. In addition to studying an array of popular and academic sources, students will have the opportunity to witness the themes of the class first hand, in authentic cultural settings through various field trips. We will explore food culture, sports culture, trends in music, cultures of expression in physical and digital spaces, perspectives on celebrity and fandom in China, as well as the social factors surrounding new developments in dating culture. Additionally, where applicable, the class will examine what it means to be part of a sub-culture in China today.

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SHGH CULT 3341

Comparative Studies of Eastern and Western Theater Cultures  

Taking this course, students will have opportunities to watch the fantastic performance of traditional Chinese drama (Peking Opera, Kun Opera or Yue Opera) at downtown theatre as well as watching videos of Greek tragedies, Indian dramas and western modern plays (some western plays are shown in the style of traditional Chinese drama). After finishing this course, students would have a good understanding of the similarities and differences between Chinese and western drama, and acquire a special perspective to look at the intercultural communication between China and the rest of the world.

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SHGH THTR 3312

Contemporary Chinese Cinema  

This is an introduction course of Chinese cinema since the end of the Cultural Revolution. It covers three major Chinese-language cinemas, Mainland Chinese cinema, Hong Kong cinema and Taiwan cinema. This course is a look at contemporary Chinese cinema as a visual art and to illustrate the ways in which it has been shaped by Chinese cultural, social and political traditions over the past three decades. Emphasizing on both film context and film texts, this course invites students to a broad cinematic analysis. In order to achieve such goals and inspire critical thinking, thirteen filmmakers and movies in diverse style and subject are carefully selected to cover a range of cultural, cross-cultural, intellectual, social, ethnic and political issues.

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SHGH FILM 3316

Contemporary Chinese Literature  

This course introduces students to contemporary Chinese literature produced after 1949, and particularly after the Cultural (1966-1976), by selecting literary works that are not widely taught outside China and that depict and directly affect life in China today.  China has made some of the most dramatic changes in its history during the last thirty years, and the literary works created after 1976 are equally meaningful and certainly rival, if not surpass, many works produced during the Republic. Through the magnifying lens of contemporary literature, the course closely examines the cultural, social and environmental concerns of this remarkably transformative period.

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SHGH LITR 3311

Cross-Cultural Communication  

This course introduces basics of cross-cultural communication, including main theories of culture. The course lays out the effect of language, nonverbal language and cultural identity on communication. How people adjust in different cultures, their acculturation stages and strategy will be discussed. Based on this knowledge, the practice how to communicate effectively and appropriately between Chinese and foreigners are discussed, such as Sino-USA people, Sino-German, Sino-Japanese etc. This course will include case studies, games, role plays and movie watching.

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SHGH COMM 3350

Elementary Chinese 3 Credit  

This course is designed for elementary Chinese language learners who haven't learned Chinese before. By taking this course, students will be able to use simple expressions to communicate with native speakers in daily life. And they will grasp the pronunciation of Chinese, skillfully use Pinyin, and understand the basic grammar and structures in Chinese in a collaborative learning environment. Authentic materials will be used in class from time to time. A variety of topics are covered to help students understand more about Chinese culture and society while learning the language. Tasks will be given both in and out of class to create opportunities for students use the language in real life situations. In the semester, this course will meet three days a week for four hours in the morning for the first five weeks of the semester. If you wish to take Mandarin throughout the entire semester, we suggest taking the 6-credit option. In the summer, this course meets through the entire term.

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SHGH CHIN 1110

Elementary Chinese 6 Credit  

This course is designed for elementary Chinese language learners who haven't learned Chinese before. By taking this course, students will be able to use simple expressions to communicate with native speakers in daily life. And they will grasp the pronunciation of Chinese, skillfully use Pinyin, and understand the basic grammar and structures in Chinese in a collaborative learning environment. Authentic materials will be used in class from time to time. A variety of topics are covered to help students understand more about Chinese culture and society while learning the language. Tasks will be given both in and out of class to create opportunities for students use the language in real life situations.

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SHGH CHIN 1111

Global Internship Workshop, Shanghai 3 Credit  

The Global Internship Workshop is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to combine their internship placement (and living abroad) experience with a weekly in-class educational and mentoring experience (session), which aims to develop students' personal and professional skills while earning academic credit. The Global Internship Workshop fits in with CAPA's philosophy and practice of Globally Networked Learning, whereby students can learn about the social and cultural context of their internship placement and the host region and country, as well as other Global Internship Workshop themes, through comparative global analysis. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through a selection of CAPA Masterclasses given by leading professionals from a diverse range of fields. Thus, the weekly discussion-based sessions with their active learning approach, gives students the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of work, critical thinking and organizational behavior and management in a cross-cultural context.

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SHGH INTP 3347

Global Internship Workshop, Shanghai 6 Credit  

The Global Internship Workshop is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to combine their internship placement (and living abroad) experience with a weekly in-class educational and mentoring experience (session), which aims to develop students' personal and professional skills while earning academic credit. The Global Internship Workshop fits in with CAPA's philosophy and practice of Globally Networked Learning, whereby students can learn about the social and cultural context of their internship placement and the host region and country, as well as other Global Internship Workshop themes, through comparative global analysis. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through a selection of CAPA Masterclasses given by leading professionals from a diverse range of fields. Thus, the weekly discussion-based sessions with their active learning approach, gives students the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of work, critical thinking and organizational behavior and management in a cross-cultural context.

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SHGH INTP 3348

Globalization and Urbanization  

Today, the world is an urban place - more than half of the world's population lives in towns and cities. It is especially important to understand urban development in developing countries, where the great bulk of urban growth is now taking place. This course examines China's urbanization in the past six decades, including its processes, forces and problems. Since the second half of the 20th century, China has undergone unprecedented urban transformation that in turn is changing the landscape of this most populous country. This course introduces students to the recent literature on the immense urban transformation and offers a critical understanding of China's urbanization, social-spatial restructuring and urban problems.

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SHGH URBS 3345

Intermediate Chinese 3 Credit  

This course is designed for intermediate Chinese language learners who can use Mandarin to have basic daily conversations. By taking this course, students will be able to continue developing their Mandarin levels in reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in a collaborative learning environment. Authentic materials will be used in class from time to time. A variety of topics are covered to help students understand more about Chinese culture and society while learning the language. Tasks will be given both in and out of class to create opportunities for students to use the language in real life situations. All students will take a language placement test upon arrival to determine the appropriate level for them.

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SHGH CHIN 2210

Intermediate Chinese 6 Credit  

This course is designed for intermediate Chinese language learners who can use Mandarin to have basic daily conversations. By taking this course, students will be able to continue developing their Mandarin levels in reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in a collaborative learning environment. Authentic materials will be used in class from time to time. A variety of topics are covered to help students understand more about Chinese culture and society while learning the language. Tasks will be given both in and out of class to create opportunities for students to use the language in real life situations. All students will take a placement exam upon arrival to determine the appropriate level for them.

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SHGH CHIN 2211

Introduction to Chinese Civilization  

This is an introductory course to multiple sociocultural aspects of China as an old civilized country undergoing a critical economic and political transition. This course mainly covers two parts: the part of tradition and the part of modernity, and tries to build a link between the two through comparison and connection. The course is aimed to present a diversified vision about China's development, selectively raising some key topics concerning China's change in both ideological and material spheres, in the hope of helping students acquire some basic understanding about China and develop some fields to their own interest. Syllabus is coming soon; contact us for more details.

SHGH HIST/ANTH 2258

Introduction to Chinese Government, Politics and Policy  

This course examines China from a variety of perspectives to enlighten our understanding of China today. All through the course, we will try to tackle the following questions: To what extent did the communist and revolutionary legacy affect reform-era politics and policy in China? Can China still be characterized as a communist state, or is it something else? Why has China been able to achieve such significant economic growth in the past three decades? Will economic liberalization inevitably lead China onto a political path predicted by modernization theory? On the international arena, is China really an emerging superpower or is it a developing country facing significant internal challenges that preclude its continued rise? What is the impact of a rising China on world order?

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SHGH PSCI 2266

Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy  

This course is a comprehensive historical survey of the main philosophical traditions in China, including Confucianism, Mohism, Legalism, Daoism, Buddhism, etc. Through lectures, discussions, and reading of select primary and secondary sources, we will explore the formulations and subsequent transformations of key beliefs, doctrines, practices, and institutions that characterized specific philosophical traditions. We will also discuss the general character of Chinese culture and the impact of Chinese traditions on people's lives today.

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SHGH PHIL 2259

Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society  

China's transition to a market economy and return to the global community have huge impacts over the lives of its people, as well as the rest of the world. While covering other fields such as anthropology, political science, gender studies and urban studies, this course mostly employs a sociological perspective to examine issues in contemporary Chinese society. Topics examined include not only these well-known aspects of Chinese society such as guanxi and face, collectivism and family-centered culture, but also the emerging civil society, ongoing sexual revolution, and increasing social polarization that are more likely associated with the enormous social change over the past three decades. Students will be asked to critically and creatively think about change and continuity in contemporary China in relation to the dynamic and complex interaction of local factors and global forces.

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SHGH SOCY 3365

Managing Global Supply Chains  

Supply chain management (SCM) is becoming more and more important for businesses as the scope to outsource globally increases. Companies now have to deal with emerging countries just beginning to compete in global markets.  A supply chain is the network of entities from the raw material supplier at one end, going through the plants, warehouses and distribution centres, to retailers, and sometimes the final customer, at the other end. Supply chain management is the integrated management of the flow and storage of materials, information and funds between the entities comprising the supply chain. The main objective of the supply chain is to create and enhance value as the product, in its intermediate or final form, progresses through the network. Supply chain management is by its very nature an international (global) discipline.

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SHGH BUSN 3380

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