Shanghai, China
USAC
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Course Information

Shanghai, China | 2017 Summer Session II

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You will enroll in three to six credits in Session I and in three to five credits in Session II. At least one 3-credit course is required in each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions and prerequisites.

Chinese Language Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with two to five credits of Chinese taught each session. You are required to take a Chinese language or conversation course appropriate to your level to help you to assimilate into the community. Chinese Conversation is highly recommended to complement Intermediate Chinese I through Advanced Chinese II.

Session I

Intensive Language Courses:

  • Elementary Chinese I (CHI, 100-level, 4 credits)
  • Intermediate Chinese I (CHI, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese.
  • Advanced Chinese I (CHI, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: four semesters of college Chinese.
  • Chinese Conversation (CHI, 200-level, 2 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese. This course is required for students not taking intensive Chinese language, but who have completed two semesters of college Chinese or the equivalent.

Session II

  • Introduction to Chinese I (CHI, 100-level, 2 credits, required if not taking intensive Chinese language)
  • Introduction to Chinese II (CHI, 100-level, 2 credits, required if not taking intensive Chinese language) Prerequisite: Introduction to Chinese I or the equivalent.

Intensive Language Courses:

  • Elementary Chinese II (CHI, 100-level, 4 credits) Prerequisite: one semester of college Chinese.
  • Intermediate Chinese II (CHI, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: three semesters of college Chinese.
  • Advanced Chinese II (CHI, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: five semesters of college Chinese.
  • Chinese Conversation (CHI, 200-level, 2 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese. This course is required for students not taking intensive Chinese language, but who have completed two semesters of college Chinese or the equivalent.

International Business and Electives

Taught in English

The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies.

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.unr.edu

U.S. Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following U.S. professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session II:

Dr. Anjala Krishen. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Course offered:

Dr. Krishen received teaching awards including: 2015 UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching, 2013 CSUN Faculty Excellence for LBS, and Best Pedagogical Paper for 2012 and 2014 Marketing EDGE. Her research awards include fellowships for 2011, 2013, 2014, and Departmental excellence for 2011-2014. She currently has over 40 peer reviewed journal papers and recently has been selected as the first UNLV business school professor to ever receive the Barrick Scholar Award (given since 1984) for research excellence.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Chinese I

Summer Session I (Chinese; 300-level; 3 credits)

The objectives of the advanced Chinese language classes are to increase your knowledge of the language and to improve your ability to express yourself. This will be presented through practical material and permits you to have a better understanding of the use of the language. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Chinese. (Session I)

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Advanced Chinese II

Summer Session II (Chinese; 300-level; 3 credits)

The objectives of the advanced Chinese language classes are to increase your knowledge of the language and to improve your ability to express yourself. This will be presented through practical material and permits you to have a better understanding of the use of the language. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature Prerequisite: five semesters of college Chinese. (Session II)

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China Phenomenon: Society, Politics and Business

Summer Session II (Political Science, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

The recent Chinese economic, social and political development attracts worldwide attention. The fast economic growth is presented as the ‘China Miracle’ or ‘China Phenomenon’ frequently in new media. However, concerns of impacts and implications of the growing power of China on the rest of the world overtake the fuzzy terms in news headlines. This module intends to explore the sources and implications of China’s ‘Peaceful Rise’.

Being an inter-disciplinary course, this module will provide students chances to investigate China with the lead of economic development and changes brought by this development in Chinese society, culture and perceptions of the future. It also covers the dynamic interactions with the world as the consequence of China’s economic growth.

By highlighting issues and problems in the modern Chinese economic activities, the module encourages students to discuss and debate the pros and cons of current economic policies. Consequently, the module tries to provide students an opportunity to form a justified understanding of China as a nation.

The module also takes a sociological and cultural perspective in looking into the results of economic reforms in China. The module will assist students to explore one particular area in China’s development as required by their interests or home universities.

The students are the core part of the module for the different perceptions, background and positions they may bring into the classroom. As one of the main objectives of the module is to understand the Chinese economy and society, diversification of viewpoints and perspectives would undoubtedly enrich the depth of the module. Therefore, case studies, discussions and class debates will be employed as main teaching methods.

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Chinese Business Issues and Practices

Summer Session I (International Business, Management; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course is to provide a comprehensive view of Chinese business issues and practices from holistic standpoint rather than the narrow functional approach that usually found in international studies. It addresses key topical issues of modern Chinese business and considers how these issues are developing in the various stages and different industries in China.

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Chinese Conversation

Summer Session I (Chinese; 200-level; 2 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 200-level; 2 credits)

The objective of Chinese Conversation is to help beginning Chinese speakers function in a Chinese speaking society. Subjects and themes will be tailored to facilitate the needs of visiting students, and vocabulary study will reflect what students are likely to encounter in daily life. Complete understanding of the brief grammar section will be paramount to a student’s success. However, it will still primarily emphasize speaking and listening comprehension. Study of written Chinese will be limited to what will be necessary for students to engage themselves in daily life. Active participation in class is both encouraged and expected, and questions are welcome. Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college Chinese.

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Chinese Cuisine

Summer Session I (200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (200-level; 1 credit)

Cuisine culture is a very important part of Chinese culture. We will introduce the history, main category of Chinese cuisine and emphasis on making the four mainstream ones: Shanghai, Sichuan, Cantonese and Huaiyang Cuisine. We will introduce the history, the development as well as their features.

As we all know that Chinese food is not only famous for wok dishes but also Dim Sums. For the rest of the lessons, we will arrange lessons for making Dim Sums.

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Chinese Culture and Society

Summer Session I (Anthropology, Chinese, Sociology; 200-level; 1 credit)

The course is to illustrate cultural and social mainstream of contemporary China, to familiarize students with the underlying values and practices that shape modern Chinese, with presentations, film clips and analysis on various historic events, legends, traditions, ancient philosophies, religions and social norms in a sociological and economic perspective.

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Elementary Chinese I

Summer Session I (Chinese; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills.

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Elementary Chinese II

Summer Session II (Chinese; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. Prerequisite: one semester of college Chinese. (Session II)

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Government and Politics in China

Summer Session II (Political Science; 400-level; 1 credit)

An examination of the governmental institutions, policies, and political evolution of China. The objective of the course is to gain insight into the problems, ideologies, political and economic realities of China today.

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Intermediate Chinese I

Summer Session I (Chinese; 200-level; 3 credits)

These courses emphasize the sentence structure of the Chinese language. Classes are divided into three parts: grammar, reading and writing. The objective of these courses is to further develop Chinese language skills, both oral and written. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese. (Session I)

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Intermediate Chinese II

Summer Session II (Chinese; 200-level; 3 credits)

These courses emphasize the sentence structure of the Chinese language. Classes are divided into three parts: grammar, reading and writing. The objective of these courses is to further develop Chinese language skills, both oral and written. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Chinese. (Session II)

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International Business Management

Summer Session II (International Business, Management; 400-level; 3 credits)

Entering the new millennium, the environment that corporations operate in has been developed beyond recognition. Along with information technology, international management is the major challenge facing organisations in the new century. Students must now be knowledgeable about the international dimensions of management. Prerequisite: lower level Business core. Taught in English. (Session I)

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International Marketing

Summer Session I (International Business, Marketing; 400-level; 3 credits)

The module is designed to enable students to develop marketing strategies and plans in and across a range of different international market environments. As well as extending students' marketing and strategic skills obtained in earlier modules into a global context, it develops knowledge and skills in international marketing processes.

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Internet Marketing

Summer Session II (General Business, Marketing; 300-level; 3 credits)

Students will learn how the Internet and Social Media have become a necessity in modern business, and discover how they can assist in marketing. The Internet is an extremely useful tool for marketing planning, and has become a necessary and integral part of a firm’s marketing mix. The primary objective of the course is to focus on how the Internet can serve as an invaluable resource for the marketer. You will learn about the Internet from its beginnings until present day and the advantages and disadvantages of marketing on-line as well as complete a hands-on project.

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Introduction to Chinese Language I

Summer Session I (Chinese; 100-level; 2 credits)
Summer Session II (Chinese; 100-level; 2 credits)

The objective of this course is to help beginning Chinese speakers function in a Chinese speaking society. Subject and themes will be tailored to facilitate the needs of visiting students, and vocabulary study reflects what students are likely to encounter in daily life. Complete understanding of the brief grammar section will be a paramount to s student’s success. However, it will still primarily emphasize speaking and listening comprehension. Study of written Chinese will be limited to what will be necessary for students to engage themselves in daily life. Active participation on class is both encouraged and expected, and questions are welcome.

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Introduction to Chinese Language II

Summer Session II (Chinese; 100-level; 2 credits)

This course is an extension of Introduction to Chinese I. The objective is to continue improving the language-speaking skills. Subject and themes will be tailored to facilitate the needs of visiting students, and the focus will still be the daily life communication. Complete understanding of the brief grammar section will be a paramount to student’s success. However, it will still primarily emphasize speaking and listening comprehension, study of written Chinese will be limited to what will be necessary for students to engage themselves in daily life. Active participation on class is both encouraged and expected, and questions are welcome.

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Tai Chi

Summer Session I (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)

As part of the program, you will have the opportunity to practice Tai Chi two hours each week. Tai Chi is the traditional Chinese martial art which is used by many Chinese today to stay physically fit, and which provides insights on the culture and philosophy of the Chinese.

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Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Fall: Open

Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

2018-19 App. Cycle

Application opens 9/1:

Summer I (5 weeks)

Summer II (4 weeks)

Summer I & II (9 weeks)

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

50

Instruction

English