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  • Locations: Hangzhou, China; Nanchang, China; Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Fall Quarter, Spring Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Fall Quarter
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Global Learning

Changing China: Culture, Community, and Citizenship

SOC 437 Changing China: Culture, Community, and Citizenship (15 credits)

(Students may also earn credits in Political Sciences, East Asian Studies, and Chinese Language and Culture.)

Pre-Departure dates: September 24 - October 9, 2015
Travel dates: October 17 - November 14, 2015
Post-trip coursework: November 30 - December 11, 2015

Students have the choice to take this course as a capstone (with 3 WP credits) or regular elective course (with no WP credit). For those who wish to take it as a capstone course, you have to have successfully completed the two core courses in sociology major--SOC 306 Research Methods in Sociology, SOC 302 Classical Sociological Theory, and SOC 304 Social Statistics. No prerequisite is needed for those who wish to take it as a non-capstone course.  To register the course, with as capstone or non-capstone, the applicants will need to be interviewed by at least one of the faculty members to obtain an override code. 

You are invited to embark on a journey of learning about the power of local community development in China, one of the oldest civilizations with the fastest economic growth rate in the world.  This course will serve as a window through which the students can experience and understand multifaceted nature of change and continuity in Chinese society today.  We will explore how Chinese people survive and thrive as individuals and collectives to respond to many challenges brought upon by these rapid changes.

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Program Details

The goal of this course is to help students gain a global perspective on culture, community, and citizenship through intensive reading, writing about, and traveling in China.  Undoubtedly, China is undergoing massive social transformations in all dimensions of its society due to its rapid economic growth. How do citizens, families, communities and governments respond to many challenges brought by these rapid changes?   More specifically, this course focuses on three themes of contemporary Chinese society: social stratification, political control, and social change.

This course is an upper-division elective course. Students will first spend two-three weeks on campus.  We will then spend 2 weeks in the city of Hangzhou (staying in the international student dorm of Zhejiang University) where students will interact with Chinese college students and visit urban residential committees, grassroots nonprofit organizations, and social enterprises.  This will be followed with another 2 weeks in the villages in Suichang County of Zhejiang Province, where you will interact with organizations and members of rural villages and economic cooperatives, and more.  You will gain first-hand experiences on how different forms of community entities operate in China.  Upon return to WWU campus, seminars and presentations will be held to reflect on the experience together.

SOC 437 (15 credits)
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Dr. Baozhen Luo was born and raised in China. She came to the U.S. after obtaining her BA degree in Journalism in China in 2003.  Later in 2009, she obtained a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA).

Studying abroad has changed her life--it broadened her horizon, led her to a fulfilling career, and most importantly empowered and bettered her as a person. Luo’s favorite writer David Mitchell says “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”  She looks forward to bringing more and more WWU students to China and experience the life-changing effect of studying abroad.

Office: Arntzen Hall 531
Phone: 360-650-7913

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Housing Experience:
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Cultural Immersion:
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This program is currently not accepting applications.