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Program Description:
*The China travel seminar is scheduled to run in May 2021 but is currently pending due to the US Department of State Travel Advisory.*

This travel seminar examines how different segments of the Chinese population navigate the old and the new, the global and the local, as China transitions from a socialist planned economy to a more market-oriented economy and plays a larger role in the global economy and politics. Specifically, the seminar will focus on the social, political, and cultural boundaries established to stratify different groups of people in China and how those boundaries are shifted or challenged through migration and flows of ideas and goods, both domestic and global. Students will have the chance to gain first-hand experience of the interplay between social structures and people's personal biographies and to closely examine social institutions and policies specific to China, such as the one-child policy, hukou or household registration system, mixed property ownership, and the hybridity of the market and the state.

Focusing on the mega-city of Shanghai with a short excursion to Nanjing, students will visit shopping and cultural venues that cater to different social classes, observe the city's urban renewal and development, and investigate tensions between migrant workers and the city's "original" residents to better understand the connections between the local and the global, the old and the new. Students are expected to do extra reading, write journals, and participate in discussions while in China, and turn in a final reflection paper after they are back from the travel.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Travel Sem- May 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.