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Queen's University

The Program

Experience the Future 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. Everything is in English.

Core Course

LLCU 432 / 6.0 Field Research Practicum 

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 and do a class presentation. 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.

Elective Courses

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.

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 lift ed 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.

Shanghai History / 3.0 Pre-approved for transfer credit as 300-level DEVS or HIST course 

The city of Shanghai has had multiple and changing reputations and representations. It has been simultaneously blamed as the source of all that was and is wrong in China and praised as the beacon of an advanced national future. Historically, the city has been China’s leading colonial port, the location of its urban modernity, a national center of things from finance to fashion, and the home of radical revolutionary politics. The objective of this course is to use the social, cultural, political, and economic history of Shanghai as a lens to understand the making of modern China.

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.

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.


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