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Course Description for Session II of Course II, 2012 ISP, SYSU - Politics and Cultural Studies

Course Description for Session II of Course II, 2012 ISP, SYSU - Politics and Cultural Studies

 

1. Lecture:  Chinese Landscape and Scenery
Lecture Introduction: This lecture gives a brief introduction to China's territory with a focus on its tourism resource. Major tourist destinations included in the lecture are historical cities such as Beijing, Xi'an, scenic places such as Guilin, Yellow Mountain, minority areas such as Lijiang, Dali and Xishuangbanna in Yunnan Province.

 

Speaker:  Fan DAI
Speaker Introduction:  DAI, Fan is professor of English in the Department of English, School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University. She holds a PhD degree in linguistics, a master’s degree in English and American language and literature, and another Master’s degree in human geography. Her research interests include stylistics and discourse analysis. She is also interested in tourism studies, cultural studies and creative writing in both Chinese and English. She has traveled extensively both in China and in other countries.

2. Lecture: Introduction to Chinese Medicine

Lecture introduction: This lecture gives a brief introduction to the basic concepts and theories of traditional Chinese medicine, including the theory of yin and yang, the theory of the five elements, and qi energy, etc. It also gives an overview of acupuncture, Chinese massage and cupping, and the dietary therapy.

 

Speaker: Dairong Lü

Speaker introduction: Lü Dairong began her undergraduate studies at Sun Yat-sen University, China in 1997 and received her PhD in Systemic Functional Linguistics from the same university in 2007. She is currently a lecturer at the School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University. Her research interests include Systemic Functional Linguistics, Discourse Analysis and Computer-Mediated Communication. She is also interested in traditional Chinese medicine.

 

3. Lecture:  Chinese Customs and Festivals
Lecture Introduction: This lecture gives a brief introduction to the major festivals in China (including the Spring Festival, the Lantern Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Qingming Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival), with a focus on the customs related to these festivals. Discussions and references will also be made to the traditional Chinese values reflected in the celebration of these festivals.

 

Speaker:  Chenguang CHANG
Speaker Introduction: Chang Chenguang is Professor of English at the English Department, School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University. His research interests include functional linguistics, applied linguistics, English education, and intercultural communication.
 
4. Lecture: Chinese Cuisine
Lecture Introduction: This course gives a brief introduction to Chinese Cuisine (including eight regional cuisines) with a focus on Guangdong Cuisine (Cantonese Cuisine). Dishes which are recently popular in China are also introduced in this course.

 

Speaker: Shan ZHU

Speaker Introduction: ZHU, Shan is senior lecturer of English in the Department of English, School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University. She holds a PhD degree in linguistics. Her research interests include English and Chinese Phonetics and Phonology. She is also interested in Chinese cuisine. 

 

5. Lecture:  Chinese Opera
Lecture Introduction: This lecture gives a brief introduction to the major schools of Chinese opera, such as Peking Opera, Ping Opera, Yu Opera, etc. with a focus on the local opera Yu Opera which is popular in central and northern part of China. Discussions will cover the cultural values reflected in the performance and the stories of Chinese opera.

 

Speaker: Xinping CHANG

Speaker Introduction: CHANG, Xinping received her Ph.D. degree in Applied Linguistics in 1996 in Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. She is now an associate professor of linguistics in the Department of English, School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University. Her research interests include second language acquisition, language testing, and discourse analysis and cross-cultural communication.

 

6. Lecture: Confucian rituals

Lecture Introduction: This lecture gives a brief introduction to traditional Confucian rituals. Confucian rituals had been abandoned during the Cultural Revolution, but recently have more or less been revived. The major rituals include the worship of heavenly gods and natural deities, ancestor worship and the worship of Confucius. 

 

Speaker: Yuyu Liu

Speaker Introduction: Yuyu Liu is Associate Professor of English at the English Department, School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University. Her research interests include English literature, contemporary literary theories, comparative literature and comparative philosophy.

 

7. Lecture: Chinese Dialects
Lecture Introduction:
Despite the very successful government-initiated language standardization toward Mandarin, varieties of Chinese spoken languages (dialects) still flourish around the country. This lecture covers features of major Chinese dialects, demonstrates distinctions between dialects (w video and audio aides), and leads to discussions on 1) the interaction between Mandarin and different dialects, 2) the preservation of dialects and 3) the revelation of social status and/or identity through dialects.

 

Speaker: Jing ZHAO
Speaker Introduction: ZHAO, Jing is a lecturer of English in the Department of English, School of Foreign Languages. She earned her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in English as a Second Language, from Texas A&M University, USA. Dr. Zhao’s research interests include differences in literacy development between L2 (second language) learners of English and L1 (first language) English speakers, as well as the influence of children’s L1 and other internal and external factors on their L2 literacy development. A native of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, she grew up with a variety of dialects and languages around her.  

8. Lecture: Social Policy in China

Lecture Introduction: This lecture is aimed at introducing social policy areas concerning the well-being of ordinary Chinese people in China including social security, employment, education, health and housing. The lecture focuses mainly on discussing the paradigm shift of social policy taken place before and after the economic reform and how new social issues and challenges unfolded as a result. Students are expected to have some basic knowledge of the modern history of China and preferably from social sciences backgrounds.

 

Speaker: Wing Kit CHAN

Speaker Introduction: Dr Chan is a lecturer of social policy in the Chinese Center for Public Management Research. He is also acting as the director for International Collaboration Office of the School of Government. Dr Chan finished his PhD in social policy at the University of York, England, and, has been very keen in researching higher education policy and social assistance policy in China.

 

9. Lecture: Urban Management in China

Lecture Introduction: This course is designed to provide students with an overview of urban management issues in China. Urban management and governance theories and practice will be examined and applied to Chinese cases. This course will be conducted with a combination of lecture, discussion and group project. Interactive learning is strongly encouraged for students to develop an overall understanding and critical thinking of urban management issues.

 

Speaker: Lin YE

Speaker Introduction: Dr. Lin YE is an associate Professor in Department of Public Administration, School of Government, SYSU. He received his PhD in University of Louisville. His research interests are Public Administration, Urban Management, Statistics and Comparative Urban Development.

 

10. Lecture: Government and Politics in China

Lecture Introduction: This course is designed for undergraduates as a comprehensive introduction to the politics of the People's Republic of China. The course’s theme is China's ongoing quest for modernity, a quest that has its roots in the 19th century and continues to shape Chinese politics today. The turbulent and often tragic history of PRC can be viewed as a succession of efforts to make China modernized. The basic objective of this course is to provide students the general knowledge of China’s developmental paradigm. The ultimate goal is that by critically evaluating China's politics, we can have a better understanding and reflection of China’s modernity process.

 

Speaker: Zhonghua GUO

Speaker Introduction: Prof Zhonghua GUO is the head of Department of Political Science, School of Government, SYSU. He received his PhD in Fudan University. He was a visiting scholar of Sheffield University in 2009. His research focuses mainly in political science theory, citizenship, Chinese government and politics.

 

11. Lecture: Citizenship Practice in Contemporary China: An Introduction of Several Cases of “Rightful Resistance”

Lecture Introduction

This is an introductory lecture on the current state of citizenship practice by the ordinary citizens in China. It is done by surveying several most prominent cases of people’s “rightful resistance” to the misbehaviors of the government which happened in the past two decades. These cases had provoked heated discussion among the public as well as within the academic community. Scholars have come to see these cases of resistance as a sign that a new era that is shaped by the image of active citizens is about to come and transform the old one characterized with the authoritarian regime and passive subjects. What are the possible implications of these recent dynamics of civil society development to the overall political development in China? Whether they will lead to further democratization in China, or they are just some inconsistent episodes which are well controlled by the authoritarian power? These are uneasy questions and worth serious discussion.

 

Speaker: Dr Ying XIA

Speaker Introduction 

Dr. Ying XIA is a lecturer in Department of Political Science, School of Government, SYSU. She received her PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She’s interested in citizenship study, political participation, political culture and civil society.

 

12. Lecture: Regulatory Policy in China

Lecture Introduction: This lecture gives a brief introduction to regulations and economic development in China. The lecture aims to discuss the relationship between law reforms and the economic development of China since 1978. Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of the history of law reforms of China and the corresponding influences on the economic development.

 

Speaker: Jing LI

Speaker Introduction: Dr. LI is the assistant professor of School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University. She got Bachelor and Master degrees in Peking University, and Doctor in the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests are on regulatory states, especially social regulatory policies, such as food safety policies and environmental policies.


 
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