The Department of China Studies is offering a summer courses from 2 July, 2016 to July 30, 2016.
- Interested in China, and don't know where to start ?
- Studying China, and wanting to experience the local ?
- Looking for an interesting summer study program with good food, exciting places to visit, and great company ?
The XJTLU China Studies Summer School is a place to be, a course to follow, and an experience to be had.
The academic course at the heart of this year's China Studies Summer School will be Social Change in China. Taught by David Goodman, the Summer School will take you to Xi'an and Chengdu, as well as introducing you to the joys of Suzhou, the location of Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.
The course may be taken for credit at other universities, equivalent to one-eighth of a full-time student learning load for an academic year. Further details of assessment are available.
Student visas are available so that it is possible to travel in and visit other parts of China after completion of the Summer School.
The Academic Program: Social Change in China
Social Change in China examines three main topics in the development of China since its changed economic development strategy was adopted in 1978. The course looks at class, regionalism, and inequality. All three are set in the historical context of China's emergence as a growing international economic and political force. The course includes lectures, seminar discussions, student presentations, and group projects.
There will also be opportunities to learn Chinese during the Summer School.
Chengdu is most famous for two things: pandas and spicy food. It has been a site of Chinese civilisation from even before there was Chinese civilisation and indeed one of the site visits will be to the Sanxingdui Museum that houses relics from 2050-1250 BCE. Other activities (apart from lectures and classes) will include a visit to Leshan to the largest surviving rock Buddha (713-803 AD), to the Panda Preservation Park, and to Dujiangyan to see the early water engineering project (54 BCE) that irrigates the Chengdu Plain. And of course there is always the hot and spicy food.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction at the Summer School will be English. No prior knowledge of Chinese or even things Chinese is necessary.
There will be opportunities to learn some Chinese during the Summer School. Chinese language classes will be provided most days: a Chinese language teacher will accompany the Summer School.
The fee for the course (excluding travel to and from China) is 20,000 rmb (approx. USD$3,300). This fee covers travel within China, accommodation, entry fees (to sites of interest during the Summer School) and tuition.
Application for the Summer School should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
Students are advised to arrive in China through Shanghai. The International Office will assist with obtaining visas, and will meet you on arrival.
Further information about the Summer School and other China Studies Programs may be obtained from: