2016 Courses of Study

Non-language courses in the program will be taught by Davidson College and Fudan University faculty. We anticipate that the content courses will emphasize contemporary Chinese society and culture, including interdisciplinary topics such as environmental studies. Language courses will be designed to dovetail with the Davidson Chinese language curriculum so that students can move seamlessly between courses here and courses in China.

Davidson students enrolled in the Shanghai program will receive four course credits:

  • CHI 265: Modern Chinese Society and Culture. In addition to the course requirements, students will be required to maintain a field journal, with weekly contributions that will be published on a website. This course will also be informed by the travel experiences included in the program.
  • CHI 360: Issues in Chinese Society (UG credit). This will be a course offered by the faculty from the School of Social Development and Public Policy (taught in English). We anticipate that this class will be “The Chinese Marketplace,” a course on the impact of globalization on China taught by an anthropologist.
  • CHI X01 (level-dependent; graded): A Chinese language instructor will use Davidson College Chinese language curriculum to teach Chinese (10 hours/week); this will be set up under the guidance of the head of the Davidson Chinese Department.
  • CHI 405: Shanghai in Chinese Literature, Film, Pop Culture and Everyday Life (graded credit). As part of the course, there will be organized excursions to the famous historical sites in Shanghai. Students who have taken Chinese 405 before may repeat the course for credit.
  • CHI 395/396: (optional) Independent Study. For students who are more advanced, they can work with the resident director to conduct fieldwork on a particular subject. By permission of the director.