International Relations, History, and
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May 14 - June 24, 2013
China is a growing economic and political player on the world stage. It will undoubtedly impact your professional career in ways no one yet can determine. This program will provide you with an opportunity to experience and learn about this country, its people and culture to be better prepared for what the future may hold while you acquire credit towards your NCSU degree.
This program is based in one of China's most beautiful cities, Hangzhou (1.5 hours south of Shanghai). Become immersed in campus and Chinese daily life through special cultural and class activities, planned excursions (including a pre-program visit to Shanghai and post-program visit to Beijing) and scheduled interaction events with Chinese students.
Hangzhou Previous Program Photos
The city of Hangzhou with a population of 6.8 million is the capital of Zhejiang province. It is a political, economic and cultural center known for it scenic beauty that draws many Chinese tourists. The International College of Zhejiang University is located on the Yuquan campus west of the city center at the base of low mountains. The mission of the College is the teaching of Chinese language and culture. Zhejiang University was founded in 1897 and is considered to be one of the three most outstanding universities in China. Located near the Yuquan campus is West Lake, one of Hangzhou's most renowned scenic feature. The lake covers two square miles and is surrounded by parks, pavilions and cultural sites.
CoursesPS 231: Introduction to International Relations 3 credits
Choose a maximum of 6 credits from the following 3-credit hour courses.
Dr. C.E. Griffin
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
School of Public and International Affairs
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the key concepts, issues, events, and actors that contribute to an informed understanding of the nature of relations between and among nations. Politics, economics, culture, ethnicity, nationalism, terrorism, national and international sovereignty, self-determination, interdependence, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations, and globalization are among the concepts that will be covered. American students, in particular, will learn that the critical issues and actors influencing international relations originate outside of the US, in most cases. Nevertheless, the events precipitated by those issues and actors almost invariably have some impact upon Americans at home. This factor is perhaps the most important reason why students must understand the interrelationship between issues, actors and events. Additionally, students will learn to think about and make the connections between domestic and international issues, actors and events, including China's role as an emerging global actor. This course, therefore, is about life, and is important to political science- and non-political science majors alike.
HI 264: Modern Asia: 1800 to Present 3 credits
Dr. Hilary Smith
Adjunct Professor, Department of History
This course will introduce students to the transformations of Asian societies and states, including China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India, from the 19th century to the present. In order to take full advantage of the study-abroad setting, the course will focus particularly on China and on China's historical interaction with other Asian cultures. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to:
1. Identify on a map important geographical features of Asia, and the sites of important events and changes in modern Asian history.
2. Identify important individuals in modern Asian history.
3. Describe key social, political, and intellectual changes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Asia.
4. Relate contemporary events and debates to historical change.
5. Analyze primary sources in their historical context, and articulate and defend informed arguments about them.
MAE 495: Mechanical Design Engineering (3 credits)
Prerequisite: junior/senior standing in MAE, minimum 3.0 GPA
Dr. Jeff Eischen
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The objective of this course is to engage NCSU and Zhejiang mechanical engineering students together in an integrated experience in the application of design engineering principles to the redesign of a specified product subsystem. Students will be formed into and function as integrated design teams. The course will consist of both formal class room sessions and design team activity periods. Course topics will include: The Design Engineering Process, Innovation and Creativity, Design Problem Operational Analysis and Design for: Power Transmission, Dynamic Response, Deflection and other topics of interest to the student. The outcomes to be experienced by all students in the team redesign project activity will be: functioning as a team member across US/Chinese cultures, dealing with a realistic industry needs, working effectively within prescribed constraints, defining realistic goals and expectations, establishing a realistic effort time table, generating practical solution concepts and delivering a professional result. The project undertaken will be provided by Caterpillar Suzhou that assembles front end loaders and motor graders. Formal presentation of team results will be made to plant management personnel at the end of the course.
Special Mechanical Engineering Internship Opportunity
For the upcoming 2013 program, two students will have an opportunity to remain in China for a follow-on 5 week Practicum experience at the Caterpillar Suzhou plant. All living, transportation, tuition, and wages will be provided by the program. This program is being negotiated at present and students are encouraged to speak with Dr. Eischen concerning its status and viability. FL 395: Intensive Chinese Language (3 credits)
This course will be taught by Zhejiang University International College faculty.
Calendar of ActivityAccommodation:
The program will begin with a tour in Shanghai following arrival of the group in China. Activities may include a river cruise and visits to the Pudong TV Tower, the Bund, Yuan Gardens, Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Shanghai Museum, Old Shanghai and a performance of the Shanghai Acrobats. The trip by bus to Hangzhou will be followed by orientations to the Yuquan Campus of Zhejiang University and the City of Hangzhou including a boat ride on West Lake and a visit to the Wushan Square (shopping street). Classes will begin on Monday of the second week. Other activities may include day trips to Wuzhen, (an ancient water town) and the Dragon Boat Festival (Xixi Wetlands), attendance at West Lake Impressions (sound and light show), several cultural lectures (history, Chinese festivals, etc.), social events with Chinese students and other cultural/ social experiences as time and schedule permit; for example a visit to a Tea Plantation and attending the Romance of the Song Dynasty. Students will conclude the program with an excursion to Beijing to visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Olympic Venue sites.
Participants will be housed in air conditioned double rooms with private bath in the International College facility on Yuquan campus. Meals are the student's personal responsibility. There is a dining facility in the International College as well as several student cafeterias across the campus. Food in China is relatively inexpensive, especially on the campus. However, you should expect to budget about $400 for meals for the entire program to cover eating off campus occasionally.
Details on program costs are available by clicking on the word "Summer" at Budget Sheets at the top of the page.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. Students from other institutions should contact their home institution study abroad and financial aid offices for information. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship from the Study Abroad Office.
For questions about the courses on offer, or the program in general, please make note of the following campus contacts:
Clifford Griffin, Political Science
Jeff Eischen, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Hillary Smith, History
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details. Contact us at: email@example.com