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BS 301: Doing Business in China (3 credits, spring & fall)
It aims to provide an overview of business environment in China so that students may understand some important issues for doing business in China. Students are expected to read the assigned articles before each session and should actively participate in discussions. A business proposal, produced in teams, is required at the end of the semester.

BS 302: International Business and China (3 credits, spring & fall)
An introduction to international economics with an emphasis on the trade issues of China, this course covers the main theories in international trade, their empirical relevance, and their roles for the Chinese economy. It also links these conceptual tools provided by international economics to actual strategic and operational decisions of exporters and multinational enterprises. Upon completing this course, students should be familiar with the analytical methods used by economists and apply economic principles to understand China's growing role in the world and managerial decisions made in internationally oriented firms.

IR 401: Sino-American Relations (3 credits, spring & fall)
It explores the relationship between China and the United States from its beginning to the present. It will discuss historical legacies in both domestic context and international background, as well as contemporary issues of Sino-American relations. It encourages students to think about the shaping forces of the relationship, the common and divergent interests of the two countries, and how a stable and mutually beneficial interaction may be gained. The course concentrates on Post Cold War events in the context of American predominance, decline of Soviet power and emergence of China as a new force on the international scene.

PS 401: China in Global Economy (3 credits, spring & fall)
This course aims to help students to understand Chinese economy in the era of globalization and the interaction between China and the rest of world. The major theme focuses on the process of China¡¯s reform and open-door policy, how China interacts with the outside world in trade, finance, investment, energy, reform of international economic institutions and so on, and the implications of Chinese economic reform on the global economy.

PS 402: Chinese Political Reforms (3 credits, spring & fall)
This course is designed to introduce students to key aspects of Chinese politics, with a focus on the post-Mao reforms since 1978. The goal of the course is to help students to gain different perspectives on current Chinese government structure, most importantly, the dynamics of the ongoing process of economic and political reforms. Discussion topics include Chinese political history (1949 to present), Chinese government structure and institutions, nationalisms in China, economic reforms and their political implications, democratization, civil society, environment, and other emerging issues in current Chinese society.

PS 403: Chinese Meida Studies (3 credits, spring & fall)
This course will address current issues and controversies in the rapidly changing Chinese media and communication environment. Combining political, economic and cultural approaches, the course is designed to provide students with necessary knowledge of the history, development, organizations, operations and management of Chinese media.

SO 301: Chinese Women's Studies (3 credits, fall)
This course covers major topics and issues about Chinese women. It introduces the change and continuity of women's identity, sexuality, marriage, and family of Chinese women throughout the 20th century, paying special attention to the impacts of the revolution. Furthermore, the course discusses gender divisions of labor in rural and urban China and the experience of rural-to-urban women migrants in the reform era in order to capture (at least partially) the change and continuity of some Chinese women's lives under the impacts (or lack of) of development, modernization, urbanization, and globalization.

SO 303: Social Stratification and Inequality in China (3 credits, spring)
This course will explore the changes of China's social stratification structure brought by the market oriented reform, focusing on household registration (hukou) system, rural-to-urban migration, work unit (danwei) system, gender, education and welfare system.

Independent Studies (1-4 credits, spring & fall)
Independent studies are possible with approval. Topic range covers research projects from contemporary political, economic, and diplomatic issues to historical inquiries. Different credits will be rewarded in accordance with the amount of research work.

BS 401: Internship (3 credits, spring & fall)
Part-time internships are possible for students who may have two full days available a week. Students will be asked to submit their resume and indicate their interested area(s) after the pre-registration.



AR 301: Chinese Arts & Culture (3 credits, spring & fall)
This course offers a panoramic view of Chinese art and culture. Students will be guided to learn to notice and appreciate the subtle and deep meanings of such unique art and culture. Some modern art is also introduced in order to see the continuance of the tradition. Museum and studio visits might be arranged on weekends.

AR/HIS 302: Chinese Architecture (3 credits, spring & fall)
The course traces the architectural history of China with a special emphasis on the Song and the Qing dynasties, when classical Chinese architecture reached its zenith. The cultural, philosophical and political foundations of Chinese architecture and city building will be explored. The same appraoch will be applied to the new Chinese architecture under western influences.

LIT 301: Contemporary Chinese Novels and Society (3 credits, spring & fall)
This course surveys contemporary Chinese fiction from the 1980s to the present in terms of historical background, ideological content, artistic development and achievement, as well as foreign influences. It aims at familiarizeing students with modern Chinese history and culture through reading some of the major Chinese writers, Su Tong, Yu Hua, Ge Fei, Wang Anyi, Wang Shuo and Ye Zhaoyan.

HIS 303: China in Transformation, 1840s-1960s (3 credits, spring & fall)
The course aims at understanding of China's transition from a traditional society to a modern nation by examining the historical forces since the mid-19th century. Nationalism and Communism will be two organizing themes that provide a framework to thread various phenomena all the way to Chinese Communist victory in 1949. The post-Mao reforms that undid China's communist economic system will also be discussed.

HIS 402: Language Reforms in Modern China (3 credits, spring & fall)
As part of the efforts to westernize China, leading Chinese intellectuals in the 20th century tried to rid the nation of Chinese characters, the only living hieroglyphic language. The course traces the rationale, the cultural conflicts and the ultimate failure of this iconoclastic movement.

The following courses are designed to enrich students' lives in Beijing as well as helping them understand specific aspects of traditional Chinese culture.

Taiji/Martial Arts (no credits, spring & fall)
A martial arts or taiji master will help students to learn and practice some traditional Chinese martial arts or taiji skills.

Calligraphy (no credits)
This course introduces students to the basic skills of calligraphy, as well as its philosophy.


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