Semester in Shanghai is an opportunity for Queen’s students to learn about the social, political, economic and cultural forces that will shape the world in the 21st century. Students spend the fall semester at Fudan University, and immerse themselves in the experience of living in Shanghai, one of the world’s largest, most dynamic and powerful urban centres. The program comprises one six-unit core course, plus three three-unit elective courses. All courses are conducted in English.
This field course provides students with an opportunity to conduct field research under the guidance of a Fudan instructor. Queen’s students are paired with a Fudan student and undertake research on an important development/cultural theme, submit a written paper, present their findings to one another. The research project will involve at least 10 hours of field work per week for 12 weeks. Students will receive a regular Queen’s letter grade for this course. In addition to academic requirements, this course will require enrolment in the Queen’s Emergency Support Program and the pre-departure orientation.
All students choose three of the following courses. These are regular Fudan University courses that have been pre-approved for transfer credit at Queen’s. Students receive a regular Fudan grade which is recorded as a transfer credit on the Queen’s transcript on a pass/fail basis. Students can use these courses as elective credits in any plan, or as 300-level substitute courses in DEVS, FILM, GPHY, HIST, POLS, RELS and SOCY plans as noted below.
History of Shanghai / 3.0 Pre-approved for transfer credit as 300-level HIST course
This course focuses on the emergence of Shanghai as one of the largest and most dynamic cities in modern China through an exploration of the city's economic structure and development, as well as local politics, taking into account the influence of factors like population diversity, Western influence, and Shanghai's unique historical situation. Important geographical factors like early trade links and the role of treaty ports and foreign influence in the history of Shanghai will all be analyzed. This serves as an underpinning for discussion and analysis.
Transitional Chinese Society / 3.0. Pre-approved for transfer credit as 300-level DEVS, GPHY or SOCY course
China has been undergoing two exceedingly rapid transformations in the past half a century: a demographic transition with dramatic decrease in fertility and mortality, and an economic transition from a planned economy to a market economy. The compressed demographic transition has sent China to become a country with a low population growth rate and the largest elderly population, and unprecedented economic reform has lifted China to the ranks of middle income countries. The demographic and economic transitions are not independent of each other, they are closely connected instead. Thus, this course not only introduces various demographic events and socio-economic reforms, but also explores the linkages between population change and socio-economic development. We raise a series of questions: What are social and economic implications of one-child policy? How will China’s imbalanced sex ratio at birth influence the marriage market? Will China lose the competitive edge in labor-intensive industry in the near future due to low fertility rates? What’s the impact of population aging on social security reform? How can China accommodate the expanding elderly population in the context of frequent migration of young people? Investigations into these questions may provide students with a deeper understanding on China’s contemporary society.
Chinese Society and Culture / 3.0 Pre-approved for transfer credit as 300-level DEVS, GPHY or SOCY course
This course aims to familiarize students with a number of salient themes and issues in contemporary Chinese society. As China’s rapid development is increasingly focusing worldwide attention on the People’s Republic, it is crucial to be able to grasp the social, cultural and political underpinnings of China’s unique trajectory and present-day situation. In turn, such an understanding requires acquaintance with an array of key notions and conceptual tools that will be methodically introduced and explicated throughout the semester.
Religion in Chinese Society / 3.0 Pre-approved for transfer credit as 300-level DEVS, SOCY or RELS course
This undergraduate-level course is designed to introduce students to the sociological study of religion in Chinese societies. The purpose of this course is to (1) familiarize students with the basic sociological information of major religions in Chinese societies; (2) make the student aware of different perspectives in understanding the significant role of Chinese religion in both the traditional and contemporary China; and (3) develop intellectual dialogue and mutual understanding between China and the West.
Shanghai in Comparative Perspective / 3.0 Pre-approved for transfer credit as 300-level DEVS, GPHY or SOCY course
Shanghai is one of the most powerful cities in China, East Asia, and the world. Its global stature is evident from the powerful architecture – a mix of cutting-edge contemporary designs and grand Western-style edifices dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. At the same time, it is distinctly Chinese and yet occupies a unique place with challenges and issues arising from its position as the financial lead in China’s rapid economic development. This course combines theory with first-hand exposure to and research about Shanghai. The class will address seven different themes that touch on past and especially on contemporary Shanghai from both a local and global perspective.
China through Contemporary Chinese Film / 3.0 Pre-approved for transfer credit as 300-level DEVS or FILM course
This course is intended to offer insights into the political, social and cultural changes in contemporary China and the impact of modernization and globalization on its cultural redefinition and identity reforming. Using primarily a selection of films directed by the internationally acclaimed Chinese 5th and 6th generation directors, the course will invite students to exercise their critical thinking skills to appraise the cultural narratives of each selected film, and the aesthetic presentation produced by each film director.
Diplomacy of PRC (1949-present) / 3.0 Pre-approved for transfer credit as 300-level DEVS or POLS course
This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to contemporary China’s diplomacy and its foreign policy, as well as their theoretical, historical background. This course will also investigate the decision-making process of Chinese foreign policy, China’s bilateral relations with major powers, China’s multilateral relations with its neighbouring countries, developing countries and international organizations. Emphasis will be placed on the period since 1978 when China initiated its reform and opening up era while at the same time, the course will try to touch the latest development of the Diplomacy of China represented by the cyber security issues as much as possible.
Political Economy in China / 3.0 Pre-approved for transfer credit as 300-level DEVS or POLS course
This course provides a political economy perspective on the rapidly changing economy and society in contemporary China. The course will focus on the discussion how political, economic and social forces shape “socialism with Chinese characteristics”. Students who elect this course are assumed to have basic knowledge of China and Chinese.
Political Development in Modern China / 3.0 Pre-approved for transfer credit as 300-level POLS course
This course strives to capture the continuous drama of the Chinese struggle for national revival through political, social and economic modernization. It deals with fundamental questions as why China eventually went communist in time of national crisis since mid-19th century; how the PRC regime tried to industrialize the economy and society through state mobilization in 50s and 60s; how that mobilization model ran into a dead end at the end of 70s; and finally how the market oriented reforms and opening up to the outside world in the past 35 years have transformed the socio-economics and the state-society relations in today’s China.
Shanghai Studies / 3.0 Pre-approved for transfer credit as 300-level DEVS, GPHY, and SOCY course
Shanghai is one of the most powerful cities in China, in East Asia, and in the World. Its global stature is evident from the powerful architecture – a mix of cutting-edge contemporary designs and grand Western-style edifices dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. At the same time, it is distinctly Chinese and yet occupies a unique place with challenges and issues arising from its position as the financial lead in China’s rapid economic development. This course combines theory with first-hand exposure to and research about Shanghai. The class will address seven different themes that touch on past and especially on contemporary Shanghai from both a local and global perspective. A highlight of the course will be a week- long field trip in the fall term to Taipei and in the spring term to Hong Kong or Singapore These cities rival Shanghai as major economic and financial centers in East Asia, both with strong Chinese cultures and histories of foreign influence. They will allow for challenging and insightful comparisons to Shanghai.
Introductory Chinese Language Course / 3.0 Pre-approved for transfer credit as 100-level CHIN course
An introduction to Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) for those with no prior background.