Course Syllabus

Title: --- Institute on Asian Cultures Credits: Two (2)credit = 30 contact hours Instructors: Brian Nelligan Ed.D Meeting dates and times: July 3- July 17, 2013 Location: Beijing, Qufu, Kunming. Course Description: This course is designed for students interested in furthering in a practical way their knowledge about China. Through first-hand experience, participants study Chinese history, economy, politics, education, and culture. Workshops and field trips to schools, historical, business and cultural sites are integrated for an understanding of Chinese society. Readings are required prior to the course. Creating a plan for sharing their knowledge with the community upon their return from China is a course requirement. Goals: 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 to various cultural, historical, political, educational and business sites; 2) provide opportunities to discuss their learning 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, and educational development; and Experience the many cultural groups in China and develop an understanding of the importance of these minority groups in Chinese History.

Course Policies/Expectations: Program participants must fulfill the following tasks. a. b. c. d. e. Complete required readings and prepare Response to Text Essays. Attend a field trip (travel to China July 3- July 17, 2013), and Write a reflection paper and Develop plans and time lines for making presentations on China in their local communities. 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 course instructors.

-2Religious 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 paperwork for travel. Academic Honesty & Professionalism: All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the “Academic Honesty Policy Procedures” delineated in the following website. ). Accommodations: Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain an accommodation letter from the ACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in the course to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website at to learn more about the services they provide. 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:, Instant Messenger: UVMaccess. General office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Call to make an appointment.

Required readings:
1 Hessler, Peter. Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present. Harper Collins. NY 2006 2. Yi weili & Ma Xiaodong, Growing Up in the People’s republic: mConverstaions Between Two Daughters of China’s Revolution. 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 of their 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 they learned 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 Reading 2. Write a culminating three-page reflection paper, indicating what has made the most personal impact, what learning will be shared with the community, and what activities contributed least to your understanding of China 3. Design a plan for sharing what was learned with the community..


A)Journal Name:____________________________________ Location:__________________________________ 1. Which activity did you like most today? Least? Why? Date:___________

2. What did you learn today that could be shared in your community?

B) Concluding Reflection Paper Rubric Participant Name _________________________________ Home School ________________________________

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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 to Presenting China in

Plan Design


Timeline - When will this step be completed?

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C) Community Project Content • • • Design • • • What key concepts and principles are presented? Is the presentation free of cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and gender stereotypes? Does the presentation provide opportunities for further study by community members? Is the content accurate? Does the information presented reflect an unbiased viewpoint? Does the information reflect an accurate picture of the culture of the country?

Does the presentation support approximately 10 hours of design and research?

Percentage Contribution of Each Assignment: Complete 3 required books and prepare Response to Text Essays for each book. (20%) Participate in pre departure planning sessions and discussions (15%) Travel to China and participate in all activities (25%) Maintain a daily journal while in China (10%)

-5Write a reflection paper on program experience in China (10%) Develop a presentation for the community (20%) Instructional Sequence: - List the course topics for each scheduled class meeting date including readings and assignment due dates. July 3-July 17, 2012 July 30, 2012 August 7, 2012 Return travel to China and within China Reflection Paper due Presentation Project due.

Supplemental Readings: Cities and Universals of Culture A. Cities: Beijing: Chance, Norman A. China's Urban Villagers: Changing Life in a Beijing Suburb. Mason, OH: South-Western, 2002. Kunming Qufu B. Universals of Culture 1. Minority Studies: The art of ethnography: a Chinese "Miao album". (eds., Deal, David Michael, & Hostetler, Laura) Studies on ethnic groups in China. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006. 2. History: Li-Marcus, Moying. Snow falling in spring: Coming of age in China during the cultural revolution.NY. Farrar,Strauss, & Giroux 2008 LianYe, Ting-xing. My name is number 4: a true story revolution. New Hampshire: St. Martin's Griffin, 2008. Heng, Shapiro, Judith. Son of the Revolution. Vintage Books. 2008 Seybolt,Peter.Throwing the Emperor from His Horse. Westview Press. 1996. Boulder,CO 3. Literature: Atangan, Patrick. The silk tapestry and other Chinese folktales. New Sijie, Dai. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Anchor Books. 2002 4. Economics: Nolan, Peter. China at the crossroads. Cambridge, U.K.: Polity Press; Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 2004. Modern China: from the cultural

York: 2004



-6Vernoff E., and Seybolt P. Through Chinese Eyes. Apex Press, 2007. New York, NY Jacques, Martin. When China Rules the World. (2009) Penguin Press, New York, Kissinger, Henry. On China ( 2011) Penguin Press, New York, NY Reid, T.R. Confucius Lives Next Door. First Vintage Books. 1999 New York, NY

Supplemental Blogs and Sites: Beijing Review China Daily The Economist Supplementary Videos:
The Blue Kite (1993): The story is told from the perspective of a young boy (Tietou) growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in Beijing. Three episodes – Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution – show the family members evolving, e.g. from the real father, the "loving patriarch," to the protective but unemotional stepfather. Not One Less (1999): Set in the People's Republic of China during the 1990s, the film centers on a 13-year-old substitute teacher, Wei Minzhi, in the Chinese countryside. Called in to substitute for a village teacher for one month, Wei is told not to lose any students. When one of the boys takes off in search of work in the big city, she goes looking for him. A Simple Life (2011): Inspired by a true story of the producer, Roger Lee, and his servant, the film tells about a heartwarming relationship between a young master of a big family, Roger (Lau) and the servant of the family who raised him. Devils on the Doorstep (2000): During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they will be collected. The village leaders convene to interrogate the prisoners. The Road Home (1999): A movie about China that tells the tale of the old giving way to the new. A Chinese businessman living in the city must return to the village of his birth to attend his father’s funeral. Once there he is forced to confront the China that his parents knew and the China that he now knows. To Live (1994): This movie portrays a Chinese family which is reduced to poverty and must battle with the Communist Party and its regime just to eke out an existence. Aftershock (2010): "Aftershock"- is based on the Tangshan earthquake on July 28, 1976 that measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and claimed 240,000 people. - It paints an intimate portrait of how a family devastated by the quake attempts to pick up the pieces and move on with their lives. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


The Governor’s Institute on Asian Culture
Itinerary in China 2011 Saturday, July 4 – Saturday, July 18 (Beijing-Kunming-Qufu-Jinan-Beijing) Asian Studies Outreach Program at the University of Vermont

Date July 4:

Activities Depart Vermont United Airlines Flight 7081, depart Burlington 6:00AM Arrive Beijing United Airline Flight 0897, arrives Beijing 2:40PM Hotel Beijing: Qianmen Jianguo Hotel (4 stars) Tel.: 011-86-10-6301-6688 Fax: 011-86-10-6301-3883

July 5:

July 6: July 7: July 8:

Great Wall, Niulanshan School, meet with students? Forbidden City, Lama Temple, Beijing Opera Depart for Kunming, Green Lake Park, Welcoming Banquet, include English speaking Chinese students in the banquet Hotel Kunming: Yunda Hotel (Yunnan University Hotel) Tel: 011-86-871-5034179 or 5034189

July 9: July 10: July 11:

Stone Forest Lecture on Chinese Calligraphy and painting, visit Bird and Flower market Lecture on Kunming's Role in World War II and Liberation, meet with Chinese students and teachers to discuss their school life

July 12:

Lecture on Minorities in Yunnan Province including presentations of music and dance, Old Town, Farewell Dinner


July 13: July 14: July 15: July 16: July 17: July 18:

Departure for Qufu Lecture on Confucius; visit Confucian Residence, Temple and Forest Day Trip to Mt.Taishan; Presentation on Chinese Folk Music Depart for Beijing Temple of Heaven, Pipe Stem Hutong Shopping/ Depart for Vermont

Evaluation for the Institute in China and Its Cultures (Summer) Asian Studies Outreach Program The University of Vermont July 4-18, 2011 I. What are your general impressions of your experiences in China?

II. Under each question below, each participant circled the number best describing his/ her satisfaction level, (5 being the most satisfying, 1 being the least satisfying). The number shown under each item is the average score. Example: 1 Comments: 2 3 4 5

Beijing (July 6-July 8)
1. The Great Wall (Mu Tian Yu) 2. Niulanshan School/ Olympic Stadium 3. Tian’anmen Square 4. 5. 6. The Forbidden City The Lama Temple Beijing Opera

Kunming July 8-13
7. 8. July 8 Visit to Green Lake July 9 Visit to the Stone Forest


9 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

July 10 Calligraphy Lecture July 10 Bird & Flower Market July 11 China and World War 11 Lecture July 11 Meeting with Kunming Students July 12 Lecture on Minorities in Yunnan Province July 12 Visit to Old Town

Qufu- July 13-16
15. 16. 17. 18. July 14 Lecture on the Impacts of the Confucius on Chinese Cultures July 14 The Confucian Residence/Temple and Forest

July 15 Lecture on Chinese Folk Music July 16 Visit Mt. Taishan

Beijing: July 17/18
19. 20 21. July 17 Visit the Temple of Heaven July 18 Shopping at Liulichang and Pearl Market

July 18 Visit the Capital Museum

111. GENERAL QUESTIONS A. B C. D. What were your impressions on the leadership provided by the Program Leader? What were your impressions of the efforts provided by the two teachers? What impressed you the most throughout this program? What should be improved to improve the program for students? Please think about all the items above.

E. Please describe briefly what you plan to do with the experiences gained from your two summers in the Asian Studies program?

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