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Course

This course is an introduction to the forces of modernization and globalization in China, with a focus on the Chinese economic, political, governmental and public administration systems, and the role each plays in Chinese civil society. It covers the following topics: modern Chinese political, governmental and economic systems; public administration, finance and development approaches; and Sino-US relations and civil society from a Chinese perspective. Students will spend approx. three weeks in Beijing, China from May 18 to June 8, 2013.

This course will take place at Peking University in Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China.   IU students will learn about modern China’s economic, political, governmental, and public administration systems and the role each plays in Chinese civil society. Students spend alternating days in class with the instructors and guest speakers and on other days visit public and private organizations including government agencies, NGOs, and businesses.

Explore China Outside the Classroom

  • Great Wall
  • Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Silk Street Market
  • Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube

Student Learning and Development

This course will bring together students from SPEA and other related areas with Chinese faculty and students at Peking University. Students will spend alternating days in class with the instructors and guest speakers, and visiting carefully selected commercial entities, manufacturing sites, government agencies and NGOs.  The class will gain an overview of modern Chinese political, governmental and economic systems; public administration, finance and development approaches; and Sino-US relations and civil society from a Chinese perspective.  Opportunities for cultural exchange of ideas with Chinese students will also occur in the classroom and during the proposed site visits.  Although American students may not understand Chinese, most of the students in Peking University have proficient English skills. The PKU faculty will pair Chinese students who speak English with IU students during site visits.


Please see your academic advisor to determine how this study abroad program will fulfill major requirements specific to your academic needs. The undergraduate advisors office has preapproved this course to fulfill these specific academic programs:

Environmental Management
Law and Public Policy
Management
Policy Analysis
Public Finaccial Management
Public & Nonprofit Management
Arts Management
Public Health
Environmental Science
IUPUI Criminal Justice
IUPUI Public Admin
Honors Credit
SPEA in Beijing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No

Graduate and Doctoral students, please see your faculty advisor to determine which concentrations this will apply to.

*Program still being reviewed for these majors.


Tentative Class Schedule for SPEA in Beijing 2014


Laura Asbury

Academic Advisor at IUPUI