Beijing and Wuhan, ChinaUCOR 2000: The Emergence of the Modern Global System
POL 3310: Chinese Politics: Revolution to Today
Fall Global Seminar
On this Global Seminar, students may choose from UCOR 2000 or POL 3310 where we will explore the world history of the East-West interaction from China's perspective. The course will cover key themes of global interaction through ideas, religions, trade, technology, and wars.
In China, we will visit two cities: Beijing and Wuhan, with a focus on various aspects of the global interaction since the 15th century. Beijing, as the capital of late Imperial China, provides insightful views on the formation of a non-western global power from the 15th to 19th centuries. It was the capital that sent out the largest and most impressive maritime expeditions before any western attempts. Students will visit key historical sites to examine the empire system of late Imperial China, such as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall, the Confucius Temple and the Temple of Heaven.
The second city, Wuhan, is the birthplace of China's Republic, was a battleground in WWII, the largest port city of the Yangzi River close to the Three Gorges Dam. It is a great place to learn about China's revolution as part of the global trend. We will visit museums and battle sites, and will have a chance to meet with Chinese students and to visit local Christian churches to see how Christianity survived in a socialist country.
Check out the video from our 2016 program here!
Students may choose one course and will earn 5-credits upon successful completion of the 3-week Global Seminar. The credits earned on this program will be applied to the autumn quarter transcript and are part of regular autumn quarter tuition.
UCOR2000: The Emergence of the Modern Global System (5 credits)
This course will be taught by SPU faculty in Beijing and Wuhan, China. The global seminar section of UCOR 2000 will explore the world history of the East-West interaction from China's perspective. The course will cover key themes of UCOR 2000: systems of global interaction through ideas, religions, trade, technology, and wars. We will focus on various aspects of the global interaction since the 15th century. Beijing, as the capital of late imperial China, provides insightful views on the formation of a non-western global power from the 15th to 19th centuries. It was the capital that sent out the largest and most impressive maritime expeditions before any western attempts. Students will also visit key historical sites to examine the empire system of late imperial China, such as the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace museum), the Summer Palace, the Great Wall, the Confucius temple, and the Temple of Heaven.
The second city, Wuhan, is the birthplace of China's Republic and a battleground in WWII. So it is a great place to learn about China's revolution as part of the global trend. Located there are the 1911 revolution museum, a battle site for defending the Yangzi River, and foreign concessions established in the late 19th century, where Russian hotels, French banks, the British Custom House, and the YMCA can be found. In Wuhan students will also have a chance to meet Chinese students and to visit local Christian churches to see how Christianity survived in a socialist country.
There will be 3 meetings in the spring quarter with students to introduce the course content and expectations. Students will have the summer to do readings and some writing assignments before the trip. There will be two meetings with students in the fall after they come back from the global seminar.
POL 3310: Chinese Politics: Revolution to Today (5 credits)
This course begins with an introduction to the history of China working through the major events beginning in the Imperial Era and through the 20th century which continue to have casual legacies today - these include, but are not limited to: Macartney Mission, the Opium Wars, the Boxer Rebellion, the Chinese Revolution (1911), the Chinese Civil War, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution. Following this exploration, students will work through the basics of the structure of Chinese state and the Chinese Communist Party - Special attention will be paid to the dynamics of leadership change, the cadre management system, the role of the party, and center-province relations. The course concludes by exploring the dynamics of China's economic and political reform since the turn of the advent of "Reform and Opening" with special attention paid to the topics of economic development, legal reform/corruption, human rights, environment, ethnic minorities, and religious freedom.
Attributes: Upper division elective for political science and for the "cross-cultural understanding" requirement in GDEV.
2018 Program Dates
August 26: Depart USA on independent flights
August 27: Arrival in Beijing. Welcome dinner - Peking duck!
August 28: Beijing Orientation
August 29: Beijing sightseeing - Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Summer Palace
August 30 Full day trip to Great Wall (Mutianyu section)
August 31: Visit and class time at Renmin University
September 1:Yonghe (Lama) Temple and Confucius Temple. and Summer Palace
September 2: High speed train to Wuhan
September 3 - 12: Classes and excursions in the Wuhan Area
September 13: Overnight train to Beijing
September 14: Arrive in Beijing, transfer from train station to airport for independent flights home.
Housing and meals
Students will be housed in twin rooms in centrally located hotels hotels for the duration of the program.
Daily breakfast and a few group meals are included in the program fee. Students should plan to spend approximately $300 for additional meals. Meals in China are very inexpensive and there will be many affordable dining options available.
Estimated 2018 Program Costs
Estimated Program Fee:
$3,500 + $300 administrative fee
Program fee includes:
Lodging with daily breakfast
Several group meals
Excursions and all associated entrance fees
All in-country ground transportation, including airport transfers and train between cities
Medical Insurance for the duration of the program
Estimated expenses not included:
Roundtrip airfare to Beijing ($1,000)
Immigration visas ($200)
Personal expenses (souvenirs, snacks, etc.) - varies
Trip cancellation/interruption insurance - varies
*Costs are estimated and may be adjusted in response to unanticipated price changes or foreign currency fluctuations.
Tuition for this program (5 credits) will be charged as part of your normal autumn quarter credit load.
Students on autumn Global Seminars may be eligible for financial aid, including SPU scholarships and grants, state, and federal aid. Before applying, check with Student Financial Services to determine your exact aid and eligibility.
Students will book flights to China independently, as airfare is not included in the program fees to give you maximum flexibility and control.
Please do not book your flights until you have been accepted to the program and your place has been confirmed by the study abroad office. As a courtesy, we will identify a 'preferred' flight that students may book through SPU's travel agent or on their own. Specific information about flights will be provided in your study abroad account. There is no chaperone to accompany students on their flight(s) from the US, but students will be given a time frame to arrive and will be greeted at the airport and transported to student housing. At the end of the program, return airport transportation will be provided.
On this program, students will arrive and depart from Beijing Airport (airport code PEK). Students who plan to arrive early will be responsible for their own transportation to meet up with the group in Beijing and we will provide advice for the best transportation options.
Once your flights are booked, you must complete the flight information questionnaire in your study abroad account at least 3 weeks prior to departure, providing the study abroad office with flight numbers and times.
Please note that if it is necessary for SPU to cancel the program or if you have reason to cancel after your ticket has been purchased, SPU is not responsible for reimbursing the cost of your ticket. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to purchase flight insurance. We are happy to advise you on cancellation insurance options.
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