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Theory, Culture and Representation GCHI 340 (3 Credits)

At the China Center this course fulfills the requirements for a writing seminar and TCR and will focus on a particular topic that will change regularly according to the specialties of the faculty and the global context. This course may be repeated twice for credit, fall and spring semesters. The emphasis will be on increasing awareness of conceptual theories and conceptual frameworks used in the study of China, East Asia and Global studies. Students are expected to write in a variety of formats in response to the assigned readings (scholarly, journalistic and literary), current events, as well as their experiences in the specific context. Field trips will be integrated into the class and tied to reading and writing assignments. These trips will provide a variety of local context for observational and experiential learning. The application of theory and practice in the cultural field, using selected approaches and methods from social sciences and history, is a central concern of this course. Specific attention will be paid to (a) development of skills in critical reading and writing, analytical thinking; (b) the development of the student's own theoretically informed, empirically based understanding of both Chinese society and global context. The students will be encouraged to reflect critically on how the issues raised in readings and discussed in class relate to their own experiences and to observations made of power and social relations in everyday life within a rapidly changing China. Throughout the course, the students will be encouraged to identify and examine ideational and cultural biases of the various authors, speakers and others in their learning environment while taking into account their own assumptions, biases, and culturally-specific gaze in the observation, reading, writing, and learning process.

Heritage and Innovation GCHI 312 (2 Credits)

This purpose of this course is to introduce students to the learning environment surrounding Hangzhou by a cultivated geographic survey. Situated in the richest part of the Yangzi Delta and along the 2000-year-old Grand Canal, this region is both China's most dynamic zone of economic development and a cultural hub since before Marco Polo's visit here in the 13th century. Class is designed around excursions throughout the Jiangnan region including some of Hangzhou's best known historical sites, Suzhou, Shaoxing, and modern Shanghai. Each trip will be accompanied by assigned readings and classroom discussion, with the purpose of seeing how cultural heritage is redesigned and promoted in the framework of international tourism and how traditional norms are altered by the market economy.

Modern Chinese History GCHI 310 (2 Credits)

This course surveys modern Chinese history and the origins of nationalism. Students explore how China transformed from the insular “Central Kingdom” to an influential member of the world community and a dynamic force in the world economy in little more than one century. The course concentrates on recent Chinese history and the relationship between China and the West including the collapse of the imperial system under Western intellectual influences and military pressure, the national movements in the wake of foreign invasions, and communist rule following the Second World War.

Mandarin Chinese Level I GCHI 322 (8 Credits - Fall & 6 Credits - Spring)

Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more native speakers than any other in the world and is the national language of the People's Republic of China, the country with the world's fastest developing economy. As such, Mandarin Chinese has been described by economists and linguists as the “must learn” language of the next decade. Intensive Mandarin Chinese is designed for the beginning students and focuses on the full range of linguistic competencies, including speaking, listening skills in Mandarin as well as beginning reading and writing of Chinese characters. Students will learn pin yin and focus on learning tones early in the semester and then move on to vocabulary acquisition and basic character recognition and writing.

Indicative Reading: Conversational Chinese 301 ( 汉语会话 301 句), available in the International Student Dormitory on the second floor mezzanine bookstore with student identification..

Mandarin Chinese Level II GCHI 323 (6 Credits)

This course is a continuation of GCHI 322. Students continue comprehensive study of spoken and written Chinese. The goal of this class is to provide students with the listening skills and speaking fluency necessary to communicate with Chinese peers, faculty and the surrounding community generally as well as a level of character recognition that provides the basis for students to navigate maps, street signs, markets and travel with confidence independently in China.

The LIU Global student will follow an extremely demanding curriculum, together with other international students from around the world, which will introduce all aspects of the language, including speaking, listening, grammar and reading and writing Chinese characters. The course is appropriate for students who intend to make Chinese an important part of their academic studies, future career or business.

The course is taught in eight levels. Students who have previously studied Chinese must take a placement test at the beginning of the semester. Level 1.5 is appropriate for students with some oral Chinese but no reading or writing ability. Intensive Mandarin Chinese is taught as four separate courses by the host university, including Colloquial Speech, Modern Pronunciation, Listening Comprehension, and Reading Comprehension (optional). Daily homework, weekly quizzes. Mid-term and final exams are required in the fall and a final exam is required in the spring. The fall exams will be held typically in the second week of November and the first week of December. The spring exam will typically be held in the third week of April, and is the host university's midterm exam.

Creative Writing Workshop GCHI 314 (2 Credits)

The goal of this class is for you to mine your imagination, to discover your true voice(s), to uncover the secrets of your own lives in this culture of East Meets West while developing and strengthening your writing skills, and to reach more deeply into your own inherent powers of creativity and perception. The course emphasis is on individual student writing. Class discussion will center on contemporary writing and ideas as well as the issues of craft in fiction, poetry, and dramatic writing.

Chinese Arts GCHI 360 (1 Credit)

This course will introduce students to the rudimentary skills of Chinese calligraphy and traditional Chinese painting. This course is offered once per week for three hours.

Chinese language background is not required.

Chinese Martial Arts GCHI 361 (1 Credit)

This course will introduce students to the traditional Chinese longevity exercise of Yang style taijiquan, soft-style Chinese martial arts. While the content of the course will be determined to some extent by an assessment of the students' abilities and interests, in general, during the Fall-semester students will be taught the long form with 42 movements. Spring semester students, again, in accordance with student abilities and interests, will learn the short form with 24 movements, which is the Chinese national standard form first promulgated in 1956 by the National Physical Culture and Sports Commission of the People's Republic of China in Beijing. These forms are based on the longer 108 movements of the Yang family style taught by Yang Luchan (1799-1872) to the Imperial Guards of the Manchu Court during the Qing dynasty. Taiji is a Daoist cosmological term that means―supreme ultimate and Quan means―fist. The actual number of movements taught to a specific student will be determined by the progress made through the semester. In addition, in both semesters, the specific style will be determined by the instructor's assessment of the students' abilities as well as consultation with the students about their own goals and interests.

Chinese Nationalism GCHI 318 (2 Credits)

This course tackles concerns about the growing current of Chinese nationalism and its potential impact on Asian and world political maps. LIU Global students will have the opportunity to discuss the problems, which might include Sino-Japanese relations, cross-strait relations between mainland China and Taiwan, the Tibet question, and relations between the Han and Chinese ethnic minorities.

Nonfiction Writing GNYC 311 (2 Credits)

In this online workshop course, students develop their writing skills by practice and by close study of course-packet examples and each other's essays and written explorations. Students hone skills needed to describe, analyze, and reflect on their experiences in the field. They are encouraged to find their own voices and to write clearly, expressively, joyfully, and meaningfully. Interview skills are developed; audience concerns are explored.  Short guided assignments lead to the writing of four 5-page and one 10-page essay. Stages of the writing process reviewed and studied include planning, research, drafting, revision, editing, and proofreading. Craft elements studied include clarity, organization, and mechanics (grammar, syntax, punctuation). Modern Language Association and/or Chicago styles will be reviewed. 

The pdf course packet includes essays and other nonfiction literature by Gloria Anzaldúa, James Baldwin, Paul Cowan, Stanley Crawford, Barbara Ehrenreich, Louise Erdrich, Kris Holloway, Denis Johnson, Toni Morrison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Carol Stack, William T. Vollmann. Online stylebook readings also will be assigned.