--Online Course Catalog
ACCO 101 Introduction to Accounting – Principles of Business
This is an introductory course intended to familiarize the student with the fundamental principles and methods of accounting, primarily concerned with financial data gathering and presentation in the form of general-purpose external financial statements. Additional topics may include the use of accounting data for planning, control and decision-making.
ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – Cultural Studies
Through an examination of elementary concepts, methods, and theories designed to understand the unity and diversity of human symbolic and practical life, this course provides a basic introduction to cultural anthropology.
ANTH 201 Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture – Cultural Studies
Apprehending contemporary China as an organic civilization – but one differentiated along axes of class, gender, ethnicity, region, and other relevant social variables – this course explores recent patterns and trends in Chinese material and non-material culture. The main focus is on the post-1978 reform and opening period.
ANTH 210 Ethnography – Ethics and Human Values
Ethnography is the interpretation of cultures and their variations through study based on fieldwork. This course seeks to develop an analytic toolkit with which to approach the study of culture or ‘the cultural’ in social life.
ANTH 310 Myth, Ritual, and Belief – Creativity
This course focuses on the ideas and beliefs that have shaped civilizations and examines them in social, cultural, and political contexts. Students will read a variety of sacred texts and look at the role of divination, trance, visitation, and mysticism in a variety of cultures across the globe.
ANTH 410 Archaeological Hoaxes – Creativity
This course examines a selection of hoaxes and forgeries, including the Cardiff giant, the Piltdown man, and the lost city of Atlantis, that have captured people’s imaginations. It will also address the role of interpretation in archaeology and the way evidence has been manipulated to support ideological biases.
ARTS 101 Art Histories – Cultural Studies
This course introduces visual and cultural traditions around the world in ancient and modern times. Students will explore architecture, painting, sculpture and other arts in relation to the history and culture of place while developing skills in description, visual analysis and interpretation.
ARTS 110 Censorship in the Arts – Ethics and Human Values
This course investigates social, ethical and political issues affecting the creation and distribution of creative works. Specific cases of censorship of books, visual arts and performances from the 20th and 21st century will be explored.
ARTS 310 Artistic Expression and Citizenship – Citizenship and Creativity
This course explores the role of artists and members of the public as active participants shaping public discourse within their contexts of cultural and social influences. Topics will include public art, art policy, free speech, self-expression and collaborative art-making.
ARTS 320 Creativity in the Visual and Performing Arts – Creativity
This course explores the nature of creativity as applied to the visual and performing arts with a focus on methods and interpretation of artistic works.
ARTS 330 Design: Branding Yesterday and Today – Entrepreneurship
This course explores brand design from its modern inception in the 1950s to today. Students will create their own brand for a product line of their choice. Prerequisite ARTS 103 Introduction to 2D Design
ARTS 340 Design Fundamentals for Professionals Outside the Arts – Entrepreneurship
This course introduces and explores visual communication including design issues: word/image relationships, typography, and symbol design. Students will develop a verbal and visual vocabulary to discuss and critique their own designs of posters, mappings, time lines, and screen-based interactions.
ARTS 410 The Art of Advertising – Creativity
This course explores how art shapes perceptions of the world through the lens of theories of persuasion. New directions in contemporary art intended to persuade will be discussed including visual art, moving images, digital art, and installations.
ARTS 420 Museum Studies: A Chinese Perspective – Creativity
This course introduces a comparative analysis of the role of museums in society today with an in-depth review of collection maintenance, installation criteria and standards, and didactics for the public. Students will visit and critique museums of Shanghai.
ASTR 101 Introduction to Astronomy: Stars, Planets and the Milky Way – Life and Physical Sciences
This seminar surveys the sun and planets of the solar system; other stars, stellar evolution, pulsars; black holes; nebulae; galaxies, quasars, the big bang, and the evidence for an expanding universe; the search for extraterrestrial life.
ASTR 201 The Universe Story
In the last one hundred years, science has given us an incredible story of who we are and why we are here. This seminar surveys the history of the universe from the big bang to today. Along the way it will synthesize information from cosmology, geology, natural history, archaeology, and human history in an attempt to create a coherent, scientific narrative of the deep origins of humanity.
BIOL 101 Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics – Life and Physical Sciences
This seminar with laboratory course surveys the comparative structure and function of cells, their metabolism, and the processes of reproduction. Classical and molecular genetics are discussed, as well as ethical issues arising from the rapid technological developments in biotechnology.
BIOL 102 Introduction to the Diversity of Life – Life and Physical Sciences
This seminar surveys the fundamentals of organismal biology. It discusses evolutionary theory, natural history, and the biodiversity of bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. The principles of ecology and conservation are discussed, as well as ethical issues arising from human activities.
BIOL 103 Human Anatomy and Physiology – Life and Physical Sciences
This seminar with laboratory course surveys the principles of human biology. Body structure and function are discussed with specific focus on the transport, maintenance, defense, and control systems of the human body. Ethical issues in medicine are also surveyed.
BIOL 201 Introduction to Conservation Biology – Ethics and Human Values
This course studies the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. Topics covered include: 1) the impacts of global warming, species invasions, and habitat destruction on biodiversity, 2) strategies developed to combat these threats, and 3) a consideration of key economic and ethical trade-offs.
BIOL 301 Cloning, Genetic Engineering, and Other Innovations in Biotechnology – Innovation and Invention
This seminar surveys innovation and invention in the field of molecular biology. Issues such as cloning, genetic engineering, genetic medicine, and synthetic biology are discussed. The use of genetics in understanding human prehistory and forensics is surveyed.
BIOL 310 Two Traditions: Pharmacology and Traditional Chinese Medicine – Innovation and Invention
This seminar compares and contrasts modern Western pharmacology and traditional Chinese medicine. Topics may include drug composition and properties, synthesis and drug design, molecular and cellular mechanisms, organ/systems mechanisms, signal transduction/cellular communication, drug interactions, toxicology, therapy, and medical applications.
BIOL/ENGL 401 Anthropomorphism – Creativity
This course addresses from both biological and literary standpoints the relationship between humans and nonhuman animals and the reasons why humans project their own emotional experiences onto other mammals. It will examine the similarities and differences between the way different species experience sensations such as pain and look at how authors, including Franz Kafka and J. M. Coetzee, express our desire to see other animals in our own image.
BIOL 410 Biomimicry: Technological Innovation Based on Nature – Innovation and Invention
This seminar surveys innovation and invention in the field of biomimicry: new technologies created from biologically inspired engineering at both the macro scale and nanoscale levels. Topics may include wind resistance, self-assembly, and harnessing solar energy through the evolutionary mechanics of selective advantages. Historical examples will illustrate the complex relationship between biology and engineering.
BUSI 101 Introduction to Business – Principles of Business
This course surveys issues and trends faced by business organizations, including interrelationships of business disciplines, ethics, the opportunities and threats faced by industry, impact of leaders in business, and economic restructuring.
BUSI 110 Entrepreneurship with Learning Teams
This course introduces students to entrepreneurship – the creation and management of new business and social enterprises. Students will bring a real enterprise into being (in the form of a cooperative or a corporation) and operate it as a team, under the guidance of experienced coaches/facilitators. Practical projects will be undertaken with actual customers. Students will also be expected to read selected works from economics, marketing, finance, and/or other related fields, write essays in reaction to what they have read, and actively participate in discussions during seminar-style team meetings.
BUSI 301 Leading For-Profit and Non-Profit Institutions – Leadership
This course offers an overview of the similarities and differences between for- and non-profit institutions and provides strategies and skills to lead both types of organizations. It will examine organizations in the U.S., China, and other countries around the world.
BUSI 310 From Invention to Application – Innovation and Invention
This seminar examines the variety of processes used to progress from the invention stage to the application stage, including opportunity evaluation, strategy development, and operating plan.
BUSI 320 Reinventing the Production Process – Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Invention
This seminar surveys human industrial production modeled on nature’s processes: pollution is re-envisioned as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. Case studies illustrate how industry can protect and enrich ecosystems and nature’s biological metabolism while also maintaining a safe, productive technical metabolism for the high-quality use and circulation of organic and technical nutrients.
BUSI 410 Intellectual Property: China, the U.S., and the World – Innovation and Invention and Creativity
The piracy of music, movies, and television shows in the U.S. has been a topic of particular concern, starting with the popular adoption of VHS technology in the 1980s and continuing through the file-sharing of today. This course focuses on the legal concept of intellectual property and the way it can be—or fails to be—enforced within the boundaries of a nation and around the world. Students will also consider recent negotiations between Google and publishing companies and engage in debates about whether information should be free.
BUSI 420 Three Hundred and Sixty Degree Leadership – Leadership
Of the common myths that exist regarding leadership, one of the most ill conceived is that leadership is reserved for the realm of the highest echelons of an organization. In this course, students will examine leadership from different perspectives within an organization and how the development of a pervasive leadership culture will provide a platform for greater institutional success. In addition to the standard model of leading down, students will also study the concept of leading across and leading up. In each case, students will develop an understanding of leadership characteristics that are essential for success.
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I: Molecular Structure and Properties – Life and Physical Sciences
This seminar with laboratory course surveys the essential concepts of chemistry in the context of larger issues in society. Specific topics include the interaction of light and matter (spectroscopy), the structure of the atom and the atomic structure of matter, chemical bonds and intermolecular forces, and chemical descriptions of color and solubility.
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II: Chemical Reactivity – Life and Physical Sciences
This seminar with laboratory course surveys the essential concepts of chemistry: reactions of atoms and molecules, focusing on examples from environmental chemistry. Specific topics include gas laws, solution phenomena, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, and kinetics.
CHEM 310 Innovative Applications of Chemistry – Innovation and Invention
This seminar surveys the innovative products of chemistry that lead to cutting edge advancement. Topics may include applied technology in medical devices, aerospace, computing, cars, fuels, nanotechnology, computing, space exploration, and green chemistry.
CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
CHIN 101: Introduction to Mandarin
This course is designed to develop your language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese with exposure to cultures and customs. It will focus on the use of pinyin system, the standard pronunciation of Chinese characters. Based on the mastery of the pinyin system, you will not only learn to read and write simplified Chinese characters, but also learn how to communicate in Chinese as it relates to everyday life situations.
CHIN 110: Introduction to Chinese Literature and Culture
This course is a survey of Chinese literature from the 6th century BC to the modern era with special emphasis on the political, social, and cultural backgrounds that influenced the development of Chinese literature and civilization. Through selected readings in literary work, we will examine the main features of the Chinese literary traditions, Chinese society, religious and philosophical beliefs, gender relations, notions of class and ethnicity, family, etc. All readings are in English.
CHIN 220: Topics in Classical Chinese Literature
A critical study in the close reading of significant written works from classical Chinese culture. Topics vary from semester to semester across the fields of literature and philosophy. This class is taught in Chinese.
CHINESE POLITICAL SCIENCE
CPOL 101 Cultivation of Ideology and Moral Character and the Basis of Law – Chinese Political Thought
This course is designed to cultivate students’ personality and moral character. Through the education of patriotism, collectivism, and the basic knowledge of law, it empowers students to understand themselves, the environment, and the spirit of the time as well as helps them foster good moral sentiments, correct world outlook, outlook on life, and values.
CPOL 102 Mao Zedong Thought and the Theoretical System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics – Chinese Political Thought
This course is a survey of the development of Marxism in history and its theoretical achievements, i.e., Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, Three Represents and the scientific concept of development. It explores what Marxism means, why it is a unified system of scientific thought, and how it has been applied to guide the Chinese revolution and construction.
CPOL 103 Current Affairs – Chinese Political Thought
This course informs students of the important political events that take place in and outside of the Chinese government, as well as the important decisions made and policies formed by the government. It helps students to stay in contact with the social reality of current affairs and to hone their critical thinking skills.
COMM 101 Public Speaking – Communication (Speaking)
This course provides introductory knowledge about the study of communication and gives students the opportunity to improve their public-speaking skills. Some of the elements of speaking that will be addressed will include: pacing, volume, eye contact, organization, and appropriate use of time. Students will give multiple presentations with and without technological aids, such as PowerPoint or Prezi.
COMM 150 Debate – Communication (Speaking)
Students will learn a variety of debating formats, including the Lincoln-Douglas debate and Parliamentary debate. This course will also teach them research and effective persuasive strategies that will make their arguments stronger.
COMM 301 Mass Communication in Modern Society – Citizenship and Leadership
This course surveys the basic factors affecting mass communication in the digital age, including theories and models of communication; the relationship between mass media and society; history and technology; trends in newspapers, radio, television, film, books, the Internet, advertising, public relations, visual messages, media law, and ethics.
COMM 310 Business Communication – Entrepreneurship and Leadership
This seminar surveys communication that promotes a product, service, or organization and considers the relay of information within professional organizations. Possible topics include: theories of written and oral communication, business writing, oral reports, problem-solving, data analysis, use of visual aids in communication, and ethical/legal issues.
COMM 340 Uses and Abuses of Public Relations (PR) – Entrepreneurship
This seminar surveys the field of public relations, managing the spread of information between an organization and the general public. Topics may include: history and tactics, such as audience targeting, messaging and social media, etc. The ethics of spin and negative PR will be explored with respect to politics and society.
COMM 401 Intercultural Communication – Leadership
This course examines the basic elements of interpersonal communication and culture as the two relate to one another, emphasizing the influence of culture on the interpretation of the communication act. It will also consider the communication skills that enhance cross-cultural communication.
COMP 101 Introduction to Computer Science – Quantitative Reasoning
This course introduces computing, with a focus on programming, assuming no prior code-writing experience. Program design and development using a modern language such as JAVA, Python and/or Processing or Racket is a central component of this course. Coding as a medium for communication and expression is emphasized. Topics including syntax, semantics, control structures, modularity, data types and certain algorithms will be covered in the context of writing programs to manipulate images, sounds, video and text.
COMP 201 Data Structures and Algorithms
A second course in Computer Science in which students learn to design and implement data structures and algorithms, and analyze their efficiency. Basic constructs of object-oriented programming will be reviewed including when, how and why to use those methods.
While an interpreted language such as Python may be used, a compiled language such as C++ will be employed to study lower-level concerns including, for example, dynamic memory management. Topics include linked lists, queues, trees and graphs, how to implement them efficiently and how to use them to solve problems.
COMP 101 or the equivalent is a prerequisite for enrolling in this course. This course is designed for self-motivated students who wish to strengthen their programming skills and deepen their theoretical understanding of computer science. Performance will be assessed via coding assignments and projects, some of which may be designed by students and involve teamwork.
COMP/PSYC 390 Artificial Intelligence – Innovation and Invention
This seminar surveys innovation and invention in the field of artificial intelligence. Topics may include: the history, goals, approaches toward, tools, applications, and philosophical implications of artificial intelligence.
COMP 410 How Computers and Networks Changed the World – Innovation and Invention
This seminar surveys innovation and invention in the history of computer science. Topics may include: early mechanical computing devices, the ideas of Alan Turing, military applications, the sequencing of the human genome, spacecraft, medical testing equipment, and visual imagery used in films and video games. The implications of the Internet for communication and information management may also be discussed.
ECON 101 Macroeconomics – Principles of Business
This course is designed to introduce students to the vocabulary, concepts and models of analysis of macroeconomics. Topics include money and banking, inflation, unemployment, the measurement and determination of national income, and government fiscal and monetary policy.
ECON 210 Issues in International Business – Principles of Business
This course will focus on contemporary issues in international trade and finance; topics may include trade agreements and the impact of monetary and fiscal policies around the world.
ECON/PSYC 350 Game Theory – Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Invention, and Leadership
This seminar examines the broad-reaching applications of game theory. Topics may include: history of game theory, applied uses – such as in business – and the influence of game theory on popular culture.
ENGL 101 Introduction to English – Freshman Reading and Writing Skills – Communication (Writing)
This course will help students improve their skills in comprehending, analyzing, and synthesizing college-level texts; writing and revising effectively; and developing an understanding of what it means to engage in debate in an academic setting. Students will write a variety of papers, such as the personal and the persuasive essay, and participate in workshops that address different aspects of revision.
ENGL 110 Introduction to Linguistics – Cultural Studies
In this course, students will learn about language families and historical relationships, linguistic typology and language universals, sound and structural features, and writing systems. We will also think critically about language extinction and preservation, the ethical application of fieldwork methods, the connection between language and culture, and the nature of universal grammar.
ENGL 120: Introduction to Film Studies
This course will introduce students to fundamental concepts and vocabulary in analyzing film narrative, cinematography, and editing. Students will be required to watch several films a week, write weekly response papers about what they watched, and present their close analyses of film clips. Variations of this course may focus on specific film genres. Course applies toward satisfying ethics and human values core requirements.
ENGL 150 Acting – Communication (Speaking)
This course teaches students how to develop truthful performances for the stage and on camera. Through exercises in class and the performance of monologues and plays, students will learn how to use their voices, bodies, and imaginations to bring characters to life.
ENGL 201 World Literature – Cultural Studies
This course introduces students to the representative works of world literature with the object of discovering the written word as an expression of the imagination in its rendering of human experience. It emphasizes an understanding of the works in their cultural/historical context and of the enduring human values that unite the different literary traditions.
ENGL 210 Women Writers across Cultures – Cultural Studies
This course helps students develop an aesthetic appreciation of the works of women writers from around the world. It explores how the literature of women has been and is influenced by historical, social, political, and economic contexts in each respective nation. It also critically examines the ways in which gender, race, class ethnicity, and identity play out in the texts.
ENGL 220 The Haunting Past: Trauma and History in Twentieth Century Fiction – Ethics and Human Values
This course applies theories of trauma to representations of violence, destruction, and pain in contemporary literature, examining the topic through multiple subjects from the Holocaust, cults, gangs, racism, and sexual abuse to cultures of trauma. Students will gain the acuity to identify, understand, empathize, and respond to traumatic subjectivity and its representations.
ENGL 222 Science Fiction – Ethics and Human Values
This seminar provides an understanding of the history of science fiction and its relationship with our rapidly changing civilization. It will focus on literary analysis of classic and contemporary works, as well as the social and scientific context of the author. It will also explore the impact of science fiction on scientific research and society at large.
ENGL/PHIL 230 Existentialist Literature – Ethics and Human Values
This course examines the work of the central figures of French existentialism both through their philosophical prose and their fictional narratives. In addition to studying major texts, figures, and ideas from the existentialist tradition, we will reflect on the question of the relationship of existentialism and literature.
ENGL 243 The Short Story – Ethics and Human Values
This course will offer students the opportunity to read, analyze, and write about short stories. In addition to examining elements such as plot, character, setting, tone, point of view, etc., we will try to interpret these stories both in the living tradition of short fiction and in the broader historical, political, and socio-cultural contexts which shaped their art and relevance to their culture.
ENGL 250 Shanghai Modernism: Literature, Music, and Art – Cultural Studies
This course will focus on the notion of global modernism(s) and its specific manifestations in Shanghai. The 1920s and 1930s saw the explosion of radical experimentation in poetry, the novel, music, and art. Writers, such as T. S. Eliot and James Joyce, used poetry and prose form to respond to social and technological changes during the periods in which they wrote. But they also took inspiration from art, music, and advertising and other forms of “low” culture. This course will approach modernism as experimentation across all forms of culture and examine both how the West influenced Chinese culture during this period and how Chinese culture in Shanghai created its own versions of modernism. Readings will include examples of European modernism as well as sources on Chinese artwork, literature, and music. As part of the course, we will take trips to the city to visit museums and look at the architecture from this time period. Students will have the opportunity to do primary research and create their own definitions of “Shanghai modernism.”
ENGL 260 Introduction to Creative Writing
By engaging students in writing and responding to writing in a variety of creative genres, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, this course will introduce the principles of creative writing. Though students will be required to write across genres, they will also be encouraged to discover and to follow their preferred forms and styles. The course will be conducted primarily as a workshop — wherein students will regularly provide and receive feedback — but selected extant works will also be analyzed from time to time in order to consider the creative choices professional writers have made.
ENGL 266 Poetry and Poetics: Reading and Appreciating Poetry
This course will introduce students to a wide range of poems from different historical periods, written in a wide range of forms and styles. The first part of the course will tend to examine the various elements of poetry—imagery, figurative language, tone, sound and rhythm, and so on. The second part of the course will focus less on what poetry “means” than what it does: what needs and desires does poetry fulfill in its writers and readers? When does it leave the static page and become something performed, ritually memorized, communally celebrated, or otherwise brought to life? What intellectual, moral and linguistic pleasures as well as difficulties does it offer to our private lives as readers and to our public lives as writers?
ENGL 301 Creative Writing Workshop – Creativity
This course will have sections that focus on one of the following: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, play-writing, or screenwriting. Students will produce and revise original work. Class time will include the discussion of assigned published texts as well as workshops in which students critique one another’s work.
ENGL 310 The American Dream – Entrepreneurship
This course surveys the impact of the ‘American dream’ on literature. Possible topics include the historical roots in the rhetoric of the Revolutionary War, expansion through Manifest Destiny, demise of the dream in the early twentieth century, and the counter-cultural re-imagining of dream narratives during the 1960’s. The impact on and applicability of the American dream to disenfranchised minorities and people around the world will be explored.
ENGL 320 Global Englishes – Citizenship
Is English a single global language, or are there multiple varieties of global Englishes? This course offers both an introduction to Anglophone postcolonial literature and a sociolinguistic perspective on the literary, political and historical uses of the English language.
ENGL/SOCI 330 Language, Gender, and Power – Citizenship
Understanding the links between language and gender can lead to a deeper understanding of the functioning of language, as well as the sociohistorical contingency of gender difference and its political implications. This course will introduce the field of language and gender, providing an overview of important research and major theoretical approaches to gendered linguistic practice.
ENGL 340 Postcolonial Literature – Citizenship
This course is a study of post-colonial literatures written primarily in English in the twentieth century by authors from around the world. The themes and issues to be pursued include: problems of language, identity, gender, self and other; notions of exile, hybridity, migration, nation and cultural schizophrenia; race and imperialism; and the connections between “post-colonial” thought, Western postmodernism and Western literary/cultural theory.
ENGL 350 The Novels of Mo Yan in Translation – Creativity
In this course, students will consider Mo Yan’s distinctive writing style and examine the social and political implications of his social realism. They will look at the relationship between the thematic content of his novels such as Red Sorghum and major historical events, including World War II, the Communist revolution, and the Cultural Revolution.
ENGL 360 The Classical Hollywood Narrative – Creativity
In this course, students will learn about the rise of the classical Hollywood narrative as the dominant form in film history and analyze the way films inside and outside of Hollywood conform to and/or subvert this form. Films to be discussed include those of D. W. Griffith, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Luc Godard, and Francis Ford Coppola.
ENGL 370 Documentaries – Creativity
This course will introduce students to different documentary forms, including those that record and those that persuade. Students will be expected to analyze narrative structure, film form, style, and cinematography carefully. In addition, they will examine the influence of the documentary on fiction films, including Italian neorealism and the French New Wave.
ENGL 380 Self and Society in Contemporary Chinese and Chinese Diasporic Cinema – Citizenship
This course uses a selection of films from the internationally acclaimed “new Chinese cinema” as a way to help students better understand the history, politics, society and economy of China, as well as Chinese identities in diaspora, across the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
ENGL 390 The Portrayal of Leaders in Film – Leadership
This course will examine different categories of leaders across the world using movies/films. The historical background and influences of these leaders will also be discussed and analyzed based on the films and other sources.
ENGL/HIST 401 Biographies and Autobiographies – Creativity and Entrepreneurship
In this course, students will read select biographies and autobiographies and analyze the role of the writer persona, the representation of individuals in given time periods, and definitions of fame. Special topics under this course number may focus on specific time periods, literary movements, or thematic threads.
ENGL 420 Literary Texts and Social Change – Creativity
In the poem “In Memory of W. B. Yeats,” W. H. Auden claims that “poetry makes nothing happen” yet has a profound impact on culture, as “a way of happening.” This course will examine the role of literary texts in moments of great social change. To what extent do fiction and poetry lead to change, reflect it, or engage with social movements through dialectical processes? Special topics under this course number may focus on specific time periods and movements, such as the French Revolution, Victorian reform, or the Civil Rights movement in the United States.
ENGL 430 Performing Gender: Femininity and Masculinity – Creativity
This course will begin with an interrogation of gender, sex, and identity in different historical contexts and will look specifically at theorist Judith Butler’s notion of performativity. Students will analyze representations of gender in literary texts and the way characters and writers conform to and subvert constructions of gender. Special topics under this course number may focus on specific time periods.
ENVI 101 Introduction to Environmental Sciences – Life and Physical Sciences
This seminar surveys the essential issues of environmental science: ecology, human population growth, natural resource depletion, energy use, and pollution. The relationship of these issues with worldviews, economics, and public policies is explored.
ENVI/SOCI 310 Sustainable Development and Communities – Citizenship and Innovation and Invention
Drawing on the necessary background in the environmental and social sciences, this course applies theories and practices of sustainable development to the community level. Issues to be explored, not just from a technical but from a socio-ecological perspective, include: green cities, urban gardening, livable and sustainable scale and density, energy and transportation infrastructure, and participatory planning.
ENVI/SOCI 320 The Physical Basis and Social Construction of Environmentalism – Creativity and Citizenship
Public responses to environmental problems depend in part on how humans perceive physical phenomena, and in turn how their perceptions are informed by their encounters with news reporting and many other forms of representational media. This course explores the linkages between changes in the ecological environment, mediated understandings of these changes, and sociopolitical actions taken to address them.
ENVI 330 Projects in Renewable Energy – Innovation and Invention
This seminar surveys innovation and invention in the field of renewable energy. Topics may include: advances in wind, solar, biomass, water, hydrogen gas, geothermal, and tidal energy technologies.
ENVI 401 Innovative Ecology: Aquaponics, Living Machines, and Permaculture – Innovation and Invention
This seminar surveys innovation and invention in the field of applied ecology. Topics may include: basic principles of ecology, the design of ecological systems for food production using aquaponics and permaculture, and the purification of wastes using living machines.
FINA 101 Introduction to Finance – Principles of Business
This course introduces the principles and the tools that people use to measure value. Topics covered may include: the history of finance, the roles and responsibilities of financial managers, and the relations between markets, decision making, and finance functions.
FINA 310 From Scratch: Financial Strategies for Startups – Entrepreneurship
This seminar surveys the field of finance with a focus on startups. Topics may include: how to turn an idea into an operating company, how to ramp-up your business, package, market, distribute, and support the product or service, how to operate with minimal capital, how to acquire control of an asset with minimal capital, and how to manage cash flows during growth phases.
FINA/COMM 320 Communicating with (Potential) Investors – Entrepreneurship
This seminar surveys the field of financial communication, with a focus on investors. Topics may include: knowing your audience, creating a narrative, email etiquette, in-person meetings, communicating implementation plans, and how to increase investor involvement.
FINA 401 Starting up in China – Entrepreneurship
This course examines approaches to starting new businesses in China. Topics may include: how to turn an idea into an operating company, how to ramp-up your business, package, market, distribute, and support the product or service, how to operate with minimal capital, how to acquire control of an asset with minimal capital, and how to manage cash flows during growth phases.
FINA 410 Crowdfunding: Grassroots Finance for the 21st Century – Entrepreneurship
This seminar surveys the field of finance with a focus on crowd funding. Topics may include: comparison to traditional funding, platforms such as Kickstarter, applications, patent disputes, and comparisons of legal frameworks around the world.
GEOG 201 Human Geography – Cultural Studies
This course surveys how human groups perceive, use, and change natural environments – and how human societies and institutions in turn are shaped by these interactions. Featured issues and problems include: methods of cultural landscape interpretation and the human construction of extractive, agricultural, urban, and regional spaces.
GEOL 101 Physical Geology – Life and Physical Sciences
This seminar surveys the essential concepts of physical geology: composition, structure, and evolution of the earth; earth materials; tectonic and hydrologic systems; land form development; relation of geologic systems to the human environment.
GEOL 110 Physical Processes in the Atmosphere – Life and Physical Sciences
This seminar surveys the essential concept of meteorology: the nature of weather, including winds, storms, clouds, and precipitation. Weather changes are discussed, emphasizing the process of scientific discovery and climate change. Weather map interpretation and weather forecasting, and composition, structure, and thermodynamics of the atmosphere are surveyed.
GEOL 120 Physical Processes in the Ocean – Life and Physical Sciences
This seminar surveys the essential concepts in oceanography: the dynamic character of the ocean environment, with emphasis on the properties of sea water, surface heat transfer, Coriolis force, surface and deep ocean circulation, deep and shallow wave phenomena, and underwater sound and optics.
HIST 220 The Silk Road – Cultural Studies
More than just an international trade route, the Silk Road has acted as a cultural bridge between China, India, Persia, Arabia and Europe. This course surveys the historical importance of this network, from precursors to today, including formation, role through the ages, disintegration, and modern re-establishment. Special topics may include transmission of silk and other materials, technologies, religions, philosophies, and plagues.
HIST 310 Big History: the Universe from The Big Bang to Today – Innovation and Invention
This seminar surveys the entire history of the universe from its origins to today. Topics may include the big bang, the formation of stars and galaxies, chemical elements, the solar system and Earth, the origins of life, natural history, human evolution, the Neolithic revolution, and the development of modern civilizations.
HIST 320 History of Invention in China – Innovation and Invention
This seminar surveys the history of scientific and technological innovation in China. Topics may include: astronomy, physics, civil and mechanical engineering, printing, textiles, military technology, agriculture, food, and medicine.
HIST 330 Empire Builders – Leadership
This course surveys the history of political empires and the people and circumstances that allowed for their creation. Topics may include: Pre-Classical, Classical, the Middle Ages, Colonial, and Modern Era empires, as well as metaphoric empire building in business, science, and democratic politics.
HIST 340 Leadership in China: Ancient to Modern – Leadership
This course explores different types of leaders throughout Chinese history. It compares and evaluates leadership styles and their impact on China and the rest of the world.
HIST 350 Historiography – Creativity
Too often do we think that reading a historical account is looking through a window onto the past. This course will examine the theoretical underpinnings and methodologies of writing history. Students will read a variety of historical accounts and analyze the way in which histories reflect particular ideologies. They will also close read the narrative structure of historical accounts and consider the reasons why authors adopt particular structures of writing.
HIST/MUSI 390 The Evolution of Music – Creativity
This course will give students an overview of the history of music. Special topics under this course may focus on specific cultures and time periods. For example, a history of Western music will include the development of sacred and secular forms in the Middle Ages; compositional forms during the Classical and Romantic forms; atonality, jazz, and the rise of what we know as popular music in the twentieth century.
HIST 401 Catastrophes: When Leadership Fails – Leadership
Often attributed to forces beyond control, many catastrophes could have been avoided with better leadership. This course surveys case studies of avoidable catastrophes from the military, politics, business, engineering, and the environmental spheres. The predictable stages and some possible avoidance strategies will be discussed.
HIST 410 Language and Technology: From the Origins of Speaking and Writing to the Internet – Creativity and Innovation and Invention
This course will look at the development of language from the orality of ancient Greek culture to written forms today. It will also pay special attention to the ways in which the Internet has affected writing today, examining the introduction of text short hands, the use of emoticons, and the contentious nature of YouTube commenting.
MANA 310 Corporate Social Responsibility – Citizenship and Entrepreneurship
This course provides an overview of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and responsible investment, focusing on today’s interplay between large corporations and governments, intergovernmental institutions, investors and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
MANA 320 Labor-Management Relations – Citizenship and Leadership
This course provides a study of modern labor-management relations. Topics may include: the factors favoring the growth of labor organizations, the historical development of labor movements, labor economics and the labor movement, collective bargaining and the modern legal framework of organized labor, conflict resolution through grievance/arbitration, and other relevant labor topics.
MANA 330 Principles of Management: A Case-Study Approach – Entrepreneurship and Leadership
This seminar surveys the field of management and organizational behavior within domestic and international organizations. Topics may include: functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling; managerial process of decision-making and communication; individual motivation and group dynamics within the organizational setting.
MANA 360 Negotiation – Entrepreneurship and Leadership
This seminar surveys the field of management with a focus on international business negotiation. Topics may include: distributive and integrative negotiation, tactics, style, the role of emotion, ethical issues in bad faith negotiation, team and multiparty negotiations, the use of agents, creating value, issuing drafts, and non-verbal communication.
MANA 401 Building and Managing Creative Teams – Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership
This course approaches management from the perspective of creative teams. Topics may include: building innovative skills by breaking out of limiting patterns; integrating intuitive, rational, associative, sensory, motivational, and emotional intelligences; managing innovation through negotiating, collaborating, and creating future scenarios.
MARK 320 Principles of Marketing: A Case-Study Approach – Entrepreneurship and Leadership
This seminar surveys the field of marketing, focusing on successful cases from China and around the world. Topics may include: principles and functions designed to satisfy an organization’s target markets, offering an appropriate marketing mix consisting of product, price, place and promotion in China and global settings.
MARK 330 Branding in Asian Cultures – Entrepreneurship
This seminar surveys the field of marketing, focusing on Asian cultures. Topics may include: understanding, building and managing Asian brands, measuring success, and strategies for globalizing an Asian brand.
MARK 401 Niche: Alignment and Differentiation – Entrepreneurship
This seminar surveys the field of niche marketing. Topics may include: creating demographic profiles, market segmentation, mass marketing versus precision marketing, and determining your audience’s interests, activities and opinions.
MARK 410 Selling Stuff that Doesn’t (Yet) Exist – Entrepreneurship
This seminar surveys the field of marketing innovative and inventive ideas. Topics may include: sales goals and activities, determining target accounts, creating time lines, building and expanding a market, and taking advantage of special programs.
MATH 101 Pre-calculus – Quantitative Reasoning
This course is designed to prepare students for Calculus I. It covers a variety of topics from algebra and trigonometry, with emphasis on developing the essential properties and basic applications of the elementary functions: the rational, exponential, logarithmic, root and trigonometric functions. As mathematical thinking via modeling is emphasized throughout, this course may also be taken as a stand-alone course exploring first-year college-level mathematics. Additional topics range from linear systems to analytic geometry.
MATH 110 Statistics – Quantitative Reasoning
This is an introductory course in descriptive and inferential methodologies. Examples employing real-world data, which may be organized thematically in some sections, will be used to illustrate techniques and instill proper statistical thinking. Elementary probability and random variable theory will be developed. A goal of the course is that students understand the mathematical underpinnings of statistical inference, the Central Limit Theorems, and how they enter in specialized applications in other disciplines.
MATH 201 Calculus 1 – Quantitative Reasoning
This is a first course in single-variable calculus, comprising a thorough treatment of limits and differentiation as well as basic integration, and including applications such as optimization as they arise in the physical and social sciences and in business.
MATH 210 Calculus 2 – Quantitative Reasoning
This is the second course of the calculus sequence, covering techniques and applications of integration, sequences, series, power series, parameterized curves and polar coordinates. Applications include computation of various areas, volumes and arc length as well as physical quantities such as centers of mass.
MATH 220 Math for Business – Quantitative Reasoning
In this course we study mathematical techniques in the context of various problems arising in the business world. Standard mathematical concepts and skills from linear algebra, discrete mathematics, probability and statistics will be developed and employed in areas including management, economics and finance. Emphasis is placed on using mathematical tools to sharpen the intuitive and analytical skills requisite in properly formulating problems and making decisions in business.
MATH 240 Math and Society – Quantitative Reasoning
This course introduces and examines techniques of mathematical modeling and statistical analysis, focusing on their strengths and limitations as tools to enhance our understanding of social complexity and to predict future developments. The course will also address the application of such modeling and analysis in various ‘real-world’ arenas, as well as the uses and abuses of these interventions.
MATH/PHYS 310 Revolutionary Thinking in Physics and Mathematics – Innovation and Invention
This seminar surveys historical paradigm shifts in the fields of physics and mathematics. Topics may include: ancient Greek thought, the Copernican revolution, Newtonian physics, Einstein’s relativity, and quantum mechanics. Current issues in physics and mathematics are also surveyed.
MATH 410 Mathematical Dimensions of the Visual and Performing Arts – Creativity
Special topics of this course include the mathematics of music and the influence of mathematics on Western art. Students will look at the ways in which mathematics is an essential component of the arts and will learn the mathematical concepts connected with artistic practices.
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy – Ethics and Human Values
This is a basic course in philosophy with emphasis on the nature of reality, theory of inquiry, theory of knowledge, and logic. The major philosophers in these areas are studied as an orientation toward developing one’s own structure of thought.
PHIL 102 Introduction to Asian Philosophy
This course is an introduction to the study of the philosophical traditions of Asia, including
Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. In exploring these traditions, this
course will also explore fundamental questions in comparative philosophy. Students will be
challenged to think about these traditions with an eye to their historical development as well
as to their contemporary contributions to global philosophy.
PHIL 110 Ethics – Ethics and Human Values
This course will serve as an introduction to moral philosophy. Among theoretical questions asked are: whether morality is a matter of principle, results, or character; whether moral decisions are driven by sympathy, reason or intuition; whether free will is a reality or an illusion; whether morality is universal or culturally relative.
PHIL 120 Topics in Applied Ethics (e.g., Bioethics, Business Ethics, Technology and Ethics, or Environmental Ethics, etc.) – Ethics and Human Values
The goal of this course is to provide students with the concepts and skills needed to analyze ethical issues and to make moral judgments and decisions. Areas explored vary from term to term: business, medicine, technology, the environment, and others are typically considered.
PHIL 201 Introduction to Aesthetics – Ethics and Human Values
This course will introduce students to some of the major concepts and theories of art and art criticism. Attention is given to the nature of judgments and criteria for determining artistic beauty and excellence.
PHIL 210 Comparative Philosophy – Cultural Studies
Cultures around the world have produced philosophers, but what do these different traditions have to do with one another? This course introduces students both to some major themes in American, African, Asian, European and Middle-Eastern philosophical traditions, and also to problems that arise when trying to conduct philosophical conversations across boundaries of culture or tradition.
PHIL 310 Business Ethics – Citizenship, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership
This course offers an introduction to organizational integrity and responsibility and related legal and social issues. Although the material focuses on contemporary literature in business ethics, management, economics, and law, a key course objective will be to encourage independent critical thinking about topics in organizational integrity and responsibility.
PHIL/SOCI 320 Cyberspace and Netizenship – Citizenship
This course is intended to give students a chance to reflect on the humanitarian, social, and cultural impact of computer technology by focusing on ethical issues faced by computer users, including those related to networking and the Internet, intellectual property, privacy, security, reliability, and liability.
PHIL 330 Advanced Aesthetics – Creativity
This course is an exploration of a wide range of philosophical reflection on the nature and value of art and aesthetic experience. Through examinations of historical and contemporary work in the philosophy of art as well as visits to area museums and galleries, students will be challenged to consider what art is, what artists are, and whether art and artistic creativity are human universals.
PHIL 401 Philosophy and the Future – Innovation and Invention
The last few centuries have seen tremendous change, and this century might transform the human condition in even more fundamental ways. Looking to both historical as well as contemporary philosophers for guidance, this course explores the risks and opportunities that will arise from technological change and evaluates global priorities in facing the future.
PHYS 101 General Physics I: Introduction to Classical Mechanics – Life and Physical Sciences
This seminar with laboratory course surveys the essential concepts of classical mechanics: kinematics, laws of motion, conservation principles, rotational dynamics, and oscillators.
PHYS 102 General Physics II: Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, and Modern Physics – Life and Physical Sciences
This seminar with laboratory course adds to and deepens the understanding of the essential concepts of physics begun in PHYS 101: electricity and magnetism, optics, modern physics, and other topics at the discretion of the instructor.
Physics 103 Neo-Physics (新天演论) The Convergence of Physics and Philosophy
This course will give a brief overview of the development and evolution of physics in both western and eastern world, especially the development and evolution of modern physics including quantum theory and the theory of relativity. Moreover, the course will briefly introduce philosophy in specific period in order to show the relationship between the development of philosophy and the development of physics. Furthermore, the course will show the trend of the convergence of everything into one unity in the coming future.
PHYS 320 Innovative Applications of Physics – Innovation and Invention
This seminar surveys innovation and invention in the field of applied physics. Topics may include: research and advances in physics of condensed matter, lasers and quantum electronics, high-speed opto-electronics, fiber and guided wave devices, free-electron laser physics, force microscopy and imaging, vacuum tunneling, nondestructive testing, biophysics, synchrotron and accelerator physics, and semiconductor physics and devices.
PHYS 330 Space Exploration – Innovation and Invention
This seminar surveys innovation and invention in the field of astrophysics. Topics may include: a history of space exploration, as well as current research on the solar system, exoplanets, high energy objects, gama ray bursts, Big Bang cosmology, dark matter and energy, pulsars, black holes, and asteroid retrieval. Issues in human exploration of space and commercialization will be discussed.
POLI 110 Introduction to Political Theory – Ethics and Human Values
Through a close reading of canonical texts, and deliberation on perennial themes such as community, equality, freedom, justice, law, order, and sovereignty, this course provides an introduction to political theory and political theorizing.
POLI 201 Globalization and International Relations – Cultural Studies
This course considers the international system of states in its many aspects and contexts, and introduces students to essential terms, concepts, and theories in the study of international relations. A central concern is how to best conceptualize and understand the international system of states – and geopolitical matters more generally – in an economically interconnected, yet also unequal, world.
POLI 210 The Media and World Politics – Cultural Studies
This course explores how media institutions (in the broadest sense of the term) shape the dynamics and outcomes of interstate politics. Topics range from the interconnections between media representation of world affairs, public opinion, and foreign policy, to the effects of global cable, satellite, and Internet news transmission on domestic media policies and international information regimes.
POLI 220 Comparative Political Theory: China and the West – Cultural Studies
This course contrasts “Eastern” and “Western” traditions of political thought – ancient, classical, and modern alike. A consistent emphasis is placed on the differing sets of obligations and expectations that bind together rulers and ruled.
POLI 230 Public Policy – Ethics and Human Values
With the canvas of long-term, large-scale political development as a back , this course explores how public policies are crafted, decided, implemented, monitored, evaluated, and altered in a host of national settings. More so than through the narrow lens of formal institutional processes, these questions will be considered from the broad viewpoint of state-society relations.
POLI 320 East Asia’s Political Economies – Citizenship
There is no national economy where market and state are not entangled, but the East Asian economies are especially notable for their high degree of market and state interpenetration. Predicated on this insight, this course surveys the institutional makeup of the respective East Asian economies; it also offers geopolitical interpretations of how and why the region’s economies do and do not integrate with one another.
POLI/HIST 340 International Diplomacy – Leadership
Despite the increasing prominence of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations in world affairs, state-to-state diplomacy (bilateral and multilateral) remains a fundamental element of international relations. With the objective of building the international leadership skills of students, through honing in on several key historical case-studies this course will survey the changing contexts and practices of state-to-state diplomacy.
POLI/SOCI 360 Public Health and Epidemiology – Citizenship
This course focuses on the political and social dimensions of threats to public and environmental health, including analysis of crisis prevention policies and crisis management strategies. Emphasis is given to the sometimes complementary, sometimes conflicting roles played by scientific experts, government agencies, and citizen advocates in the public health and epidemiology fields.
POLI 401 Civil Society and Republican Virtue – Citizenship
Engaged participation in the life of the social and political communities to which one belongs can be based on many different principles and can assume many different shapes. This course highlights two particular models of engaged participation – those of voluntary association beyond the state, and vigilant citizenship in relation to it – and examines the strengths and weaknesses of these models and their various iterations through history and across cultures.
POLI 410 The Multipolar World – Citizenship
The Twenty-First Century, or at least its first half, promises to be one in which unipolar hegemony is on the wane; the contours of the emerging world order cannot be predicted with total accuracy, but it is safe to say that the next global system will be a multipolar one. This course will investigate the civilizational, economic, and geopolitical implications of this, including the prospects for multilateral cooperation and institution building in Northeast Asia.
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology – Cultural Studies
This course surveys how actions, thoughts, and feelings of humans and non-human animals are studied by psychologists. Topics covered may include the brain, genetics, sleep, hypnosis, drugs, learning, language, intelligence, personality, and psychological disorders.
PSYC 210 Cross-Cultural Psychology – Cultural Studies
This course surveys how cultural conditions affect the ways that people think, feel, and act. Topics covered may include power distance, masculinity and femininity, individualism and collectivism, personality, child-rearing, and the perceived roles of the elderly.
PSYC 211 The psychology of music and musicians
This course primarily introduces students to the analysis of psychological aspects of music, such as: the ability of music to create emotional experiences, differences in music preferences across cultures, neurobiological correlates of musical experiences, relations between music and memory, the role of music in consciousness, etc. A second goal of the course is to explore psychological issues that pertain especially to musicians; students will study the careers of various well-known musicians in some depth. Finally, students will have the chance to learn some basic musical skills with selected musical instruments.
PSYC 220 Human Sexuality – Ethics and Human Values
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to research and theory on human sexual attitudes and behaviors from the perspectives of evolutionary and social psychology. Our main topics will be: sex drive; evolutionary perspectives on mate choice; attraction/attractiveness; love; and non‐normative sexuality.
PSYC 310 Industrial/Organizational Psychology – Leadership
Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology concerns the application of psychological theories, research methods, and intervention strategies to issues in the workplace. Topics that will be covered include: personnel psychology, employee motivation and leadership, employee training and development, organization development and guided change, organizational behavior, and work and life balance.
PSYC 320 The Psychology of Risk – Creativity and Entrepreneurship
This course provides a close look at the field of risk psychology. Topics may include: the emotions of risk, the stress response, life principles, maintaining concentration, passive and active risk management, the use of statistics and data analysis, and the causes and consequences of psychological “breakdowns”.
PSYC 330 Social Psychology – Citizenship and Leadership
This course offers a broad introduction to social psychology, the scientific study of human social influence and interaction. The course will cover topics such as: the social self-concept, social judgment, attitudes, persuasion, conformity, aggression, helping behavior, prejudice, and interpersonal relationships.
PSYC 340 The Psychology of Moral Development – Citizenship and Leadership
The focus of this course is moral psychology, the study of moral reasoning, moral judgment, moral character, and moral action. Moral psychology does not seek to discover what we ought to do, or how we ought to live; it asks how human beings acquire their conceptions of what to do or how to live.
PSYC/SOCI 370 Cults and Cult-Like Cultures – Leadership
This seminar focuses on social groups that are called, usually by nonmembers, cults. Typical dimensions of such social groups will be analyzed using the case-study method. Features of cults will be compared and contrasted with what have been called cult-like cultures in business, sports, entertainment, etc. Particular attention will be focused on the role of leaders in cults and cult-like cultures.
PSYC/COMP 380 Cognitive Science – Innovation and Invention
This seminar provides a deep introduction to the field of cognitive science. Topics may include: levels of analysis, artificial intelligence, attention, knowledge and processing of language, learning and development, memory, perception and action. Current research will survey behavioral experiments, brain imaging, computational modeling, and cell-level neurobiological approaches to cognitive science.
PSYC 410 Persuasion and Propaganda – Citizenship, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership
This course presents a critical analysis of the purposes, the techniques, and the effects of propaganda campaigns from ancient civilizations to the modern era. Topics covered may include: propaganda in government, religion, revolution, war, political campaigns, advertising, and the future of propaganda in the Internet age.
PSYC 420 Identity and Diversity – Leadership
This course offers an introduction to self-identity development and the influence of diversity on identity. From a psychological perspective, topics such as race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientations, religions, disability, age, and gender will be explored.
PSYC/ENGL 440 Psychological Disorders and Artistic Expression – Creativity
The notion of insanity has long been associated with genius, inspiration, and creativity. With the rise of psychology as a discipline, artists and writers have engaged in discussions about the relationship between mental illness and creativity. This course will focus on the development of definitions of psychological disorders in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as the ways in which artists and writers have responded self-consciously to these definitions.
RELI 110 Comparative Religion – Cultural Studies
In order to better understand the diverse mixture of beliefs, values and practices found around the world, and increasingly in our local communities, in this course we examine a wide variety of religious traditions. The course includes segments on Islam, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Yoruba, Judaism, Daoism and Atheism.
RELI 130 Moral Traditions in World Religions – Ethics and Human Values
This course is a study in comparative religious social ethics. The course will guide students through the ethical perspectives that religious traditions have developed and are developing on four social issues facing our world: the construction of sexuality and gender, social justice, violence, and the environment.
RELI 301 Religious Pluralism – Citizenship
Because of increased immigration of peoples and contact between societies around the world, many civic spaces are growing more diverse in terms of religious observance. This course serves as a study of the problems and prospects for peaceful coexistence in communities containing multiple religious traditions.
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology – Cultural Studies
This course provides a basic introduction to the study of the structures and patterns of human group behavior. Students learn to see and comprehend the world through a sociological lens, and are exposed to leading theoretical frameworks, analytic concepts, and research strategies.
SOCI 120 Diverse Societies – Ethics and Human Values
With a focus on ethnic, national, and “racial” difference, this course examines how diversity is conceived and expressed in a variety of societies. Topics explored include the social construction of “race,” ethno-national identity claims, structures of socio-economic inequality, and discourses and policies of assimilation, multiculturalism, and cultural autonomy.
SOCI 201 Social Issues in Trans-Pacific Perspective – Cultural Studies
From a distinctively sociological perspective, this course covers and analyzes significant social problems that many countries on the Pacific Rim currently have in common. Comparative cases are principally drawn from China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States, with a focus on national similarities and differences and global causes and effects transcending individual countries.
SOCI 210 World Megacities: Greater Shanghai and Beyond – Cultural Studies
From an interdisciplinary urban studies perspective, this course examines various facets of greater Shanghai: the built form of China’s preeminent world city, its cartographic depictions and mental mappings, and the environmental, governance, social, and planning challenges facing it. Comparisons are made with the experiences of other East Asian megacities, including greater Beijing, the Hong Kong-Shenzhen-Dongguan-Guangzhou conurbation, greater Seoul, and greater Tokyo.
SOCI 230 Money and Banking Across Cultures – Principles of Business
Through an examination of the forms and functions of money in different civilizations with different socio-economic systems and cultures, this course addresses the underlying essence of money and where it gets its value from. The course also engages phenomena associated with money, such as ancient and modern financial institutions and practices.
SOCI 301 Migration, Belonging, and Rights – Citizenship
Whether they opt by choice or are forced by circumstance to be “on the move,” migrants typically lack certain privileges and protections in the communities to which they migrate. In a world where the labor force is highly mobile but state boundaries still exist, controversies abound regarding the obligations and entitlements of migrants; this course explores these controversies in multiple contemporary contexts.
SOCI 350: Gender and Leadership – Leadership
This course offers both an empirical and a theoretical footing in the gendered aspects and qualities of leadership, with practical implications for acquiring and exercising leadership skills. Subjects to be investigated include the gendered character of organizations and organizational missions, gender differences in leadership style and where this comes from, and cultural and structural impediments to women attaining leadership positions in multiple kinds of institutions.
SOCI 380: Science, Technology, and Society – Citizenship and Innovation and Invention
Scientific inquiry and technological innovation/diffusion are not neutral processes occurring in a social vacuum; rather, they are socially embedded endeavors. Among other issues, this course investigates how social power influences the direction, purpose, and impact of sci-tech development, and raises ethical questions about the conduct of scientific research and the introduction and spread of new technologies.
SOCI 401 Global Inequalities and Social Justice – Citizenship and Leadership
This course examines the many different ways in which inequality can be defined, measured, and valued, looks at the many different expressions of inequality on a world scale, tracks trends across space and over time, and surveys competing theories of what accounts for global inequalities. It also connects theory to social change, exploring the relationships between explanations of global inequalities and conscious efforts to remedy these inequalities.
SOCI/PHIL 410 Cosmopolitanism – Citizenship
Since ancient times, thinkers have been attracted to the idea that citizenship involves not only membership in a particular polity, but also an ethical commitment to the world as a whole and to our place in it. In this course, we will engage in close and critical study of the ideals of cosmopolitanism with a view to disentangling the puzzles of law, citizenship, culture and the self in a globalized world.
SOCI 420: Entrepreneurial Ethnography – Entrepreneurship
In this course, students will undertake entrepreneurial case studies and develop written ethnographies of living entrepreneurs in and out of Shanghai. Students will learn about the features of traditional ethnography, data collection and interpretation, single site versus multi-site studies, subjective and objective approaches, critical realism, lived experiences, action research, semiotics, and media discourse.
SOCI 430: Institutional Analysis: China’s Myriad Enterprise Forms – Entrepreneurship
In China’s present political economy, business units come in many different institutional forms: state-owned enterprises, private firms, and many hybrids in between. For each of China’s leading forms of enterprise, this course will examine: ownership and administrative structure, organizational culture, and relationships with the wider environments of China’s managed market and world capitalism.
SOCI/ENGL 450 Constructions of Modernity in China – Creativity
This course will examine the extent to which modernity is associated with the West in China. The early twentieth century saw painters imitating the realism long developed in Western art, and today Chinese pop music often mimics trends in the U.S. Yet, artists such as Ai Weiwei and writers such as Mo Yan add a political dimension to art that is unique to China’s contemporary situation. In this course, students will define what modernity means to China and the way in which modernity is enmeshed with and departs from notions of modernity in the West.
XING WEI COLLEGE STUDIES
XING 100 College Survival Skills – College Success
This course will provide knowledge and skills for understanding a student’s self-identity and the college environment. The main goals are: to prepare students for their academic, career, and personal lives, and to help students cultivate good habits. Topics covered in this course will include: goal-setting, essential study skills, time management, stress management, and discovering one’s motivations.
Xingwei College Studies 299 Capstone: Independent Projects
Students who take this class are required to design and complete their personal paper or project or group project in which they are interested. Student may apply previous knowledge into their projects and explain how their previous knowledge suits the projects, or they may undertake a project that enables them to explore new ideas. The course is designed to be delivered at the end of the second year for students in the HUST program, but it is open to all sophomores.