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Journey to China: Exploration behind Icons

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Spring 2016
Sociology 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:


This course attempts to provide students with a deeper understanding about Chinese society by connecting the well-known Chinese icons to different aspects of Chinese social structures and institutions. Over the semester, we will discuss a wide range of topics, from political structure to food culture, from art to gender and sexuality, from ideology to economy, from education to family, to name a few. These broad topics will be introduced with famous Chinese icons, such as Mao Zedong, Tiananmen, and Gaokao (College Entrance Exam) and examined through lens of social science and humanities. The last 30 minutes of each class will be dedicated to class discussion. After each lecture, students will be required to write a 200 word memo to show which aspect of the week’s topic is especially interesting for them and how would they explain this interesting phenomenon. The class will be co-taught by members of Datong Society for China Studies. By the end of the semester, we will expect our students to talk about China not only as someone who can name these Chinese icons, but as someone who knows how Chinese society operates. Hence, in the last two lectures, students will be given the opportunity to make a 10-minute presentation for topics they have been interested in and learned about China over the semester. Outstanding students in this class will be invited to join or make presentations for the Datong Society for China Studies.

Note: Proficiency in Chinese is not required for this class.

How to Enroll:


To enroll in this course, students must fill a google form demonstrating their background and interests. Because the main purpose of this course is to help non-Chinese citizen students to have a better understanding about China, if there are too many students who want to enroll in this course, priority will be given to students who do not grow up in China. If class is full, students can choose either to audit the class (no credits), or attend academic salon held by Datong Society for China Studies (most of which will be delivered by the team teaching this course in Chinese).

Google form:

Course Contact: yucheny AT

Faculty Sponsor: Thomas B. Gold

Time & Location:

Section 1Tianyi Dong
Yuchen Yang
40105 LatimerTu 7p-9p1/26started81999 (lower)
82413 (upper)

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Datong DeCal Syllabus.pdfNov 23147kbAdobe PDF (Viewer)View Download

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