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Course Syllabus
--- Institute on Asian Cultures
Two (2)credit = 30 contact hours
Brian Nelligan Ed.D
Meeting dates and times:
July 3- July 17, 2013
Beijing, Qufu, Kunming.
Course Description:
This course is designed for students interested in furthering in a practical way their knowledge about China. Throughfirst-hand experience, participants study Chinese history, economy, politics, education, and culture. Workshops and fieldtrips to schools, historical, business and cultural sites are integrated for an
understanding of Chinese society. Readingsare required prior to the course. Creating a plan for sharing their knowledge with the community upon their return fromChina is a course requirement.
This course is designed for students to 1) gain a first hand understanding of the culture, including history, politics,products, geography, religion and education of China, through hands on activities, lectures, and field trips tovarious cultural, historical, political, educational and business sites; 2) provide opportunities to discuss theirlearning in their communities.
Learning Outcomes:
By completing this course, participants will:
Obtain a
basic practical knowledge of Chinese culture;
Understand the evolution of Chinese culture characterized with historical, economic, political, social, andeducational development; and
Experience the many cultural groups in China and develop an understanding of the importance of theseminority groups in Chinese History.
Course Policies/Expectations:
Program participants must fulfill the following tasks.a. Complete required readings and prepare Response to Text Essays.b. Attend a field trip (travel to China July 3- July 17, 2013), andc. Write a reflection paper andd. Develop plans and time lines for making presentations on China in their local communities.e. Gather resources while in China which can be used in community presentations.
Attendance Expectations:
Students will travel in China from July 3-17, 2013, and provide documentation of completed work to the courseinstructors.
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Religious Observance:
The official policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work.
Contributions in Class:
 Students are expected to participate fully in the discussions throughout the program, and complete necessary paperworkfor travel.
Academic Honesty & Professionalism:
All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the “Academic Honesty Policy Procedures” delineated in thefollowing website. http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf ).
Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain an accommodation letter from theACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in the course to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. Ifyou are unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website at http://www.uvm.edu/access to learn more about the services theyprovide. ACESS: A-170 Living Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. PH: 802-656-7753,TTY: call 711 (relay), Fax: 802-656-0739, Email: access@uvm.edu, Instant Messenger: UVMaccess. General officehours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Call to make an appointment.
Required readings:
Hessler, Peter. Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present. Harper Collins. NY 20062. Yi weili & Ma Xiaodong, Growing Up in the People’s republic: mConverstaions Between Two Daughters of China’sRevolution. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
3. Gao, Mobo C. F..
The battle for China's past:
Mao and the Cultural Revolution.
London: Pluto Press,2008.
 Week-by-Week Reading Rubric:
 It is expected that students will have read two books prior to departure on June 21, 2012, which will impact the quality oftheir questions during discussions and lectures.
Electronic Submissions/Internet Use:
Students may submit curriculum units via e-mail.
Grading:Complete required Readings and pre-departure planning sessions and discussions (30%)Travel to China and participate in all activities (20%)Maintain a daily journal and write a culminating reflection paper on the program in China and on what theylearned and how they will apply it. (30%)Create a plan for sharing information about China in their local communities. (20%)Description of Class Assignments:
1. Read two books from the Required/Recommended List of Reading2. Write a culminating three-page reflection paper, indicating what has made the most personal impact, whatlearning will be shared with the community, and what activities contributed least to your understanding of China3. Design a plan for sharing what was learned with the community..
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Name:____________________________________ Location:__________________________________ Date:___________ 1. Which activity did you like most today? Least? Why?2. What did you learn today that could be shared in your community?
B) Concluding Reflection Paper
Participant Name _________________________________ Home School ________________________________ 
Which activities made the most personal impact?
What will you be sharing with your community?
Which activities contributed least to learning about China?
C) Individual Action Plan Template
Participant Name _________________________________ Community ________________________________ Objective for Action toPresenting China inPlan Design Contacts Timeline - When will thisstep be completed?

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