Global China Studies

China has again become a major force in the world, while increasingly the world is drawn to China. Beyond the scope of conventional area studies, the innovative interdisciplinary major in Global China Studies allows students to cultivate up-to-date knowledge and critical skills about China. It aims at deepening their understanding of China's interactions with the wider world as well as comprehend the trends within China, at individual, societal, state, and global levels, and in the context of socio-economic, religious, cultural, and political transformations.  

The Global China Studies major offers two options. Students may opt to take the track that requires an extensive study of China in a global setting through the completion of an interdisciplinary curriculum without the need for additional Chinese language courses. They could also choose the advanced track option, which trains students to acquire a higher level of Chinese proficiency in addition to developing focused research skills needed for postgraduate professional and academic pursuits. In either case, majors in Global China Studies will graduate with the capacity to become qualified practitioners and thinkers of a changing China in the world. 


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Spring 2020 Course Information

 

For information regarding which GCS major requirement a course could fulfill, please refer to the following two drop-down menus "Degree Requirements - 2019-2020 Bulletin" and "Degree Requirements - 2017-2018 Bulletin", or the Spring 2020 Course Schedule Spreadsheet

Course Pre-18'-19' Bulletin Requirement 18'-19' & 19'-20' Bulletin Requirement
CCSF-SHU 123 Contemporary Chinese Political Thought GCS Elective Politics, Economy, and Environment
GCHN-SHU 164  The History of the Silk Road Chinese Geographies China and the World
GCHN-SHU 233 Classical Chinese Writing GCS Elective Chinese for Advanced Undergraduate Research
GCHN-SHU 263  Voices from the Margin Worldwide Chinese Diaspora China and the World or Media, Arts, and Literature
GCHN-SHU 264  Chinese Migrant and Diasporic Networks Worldwide Chinese Diaspora China and the World
GCHN-SHU 401  GCS Senior Capstone Seminar II Senior Capstone Senior Capstone 
GCHN-SHU 275  Memory Politics in China GCS elective History, Society, and Culture
GCHN-SHU 283  Reading and Viewing Modern China GCS elective Chinese for Advanced Undergraduate Research
HIST-SHU 153 History of Modern China Since 1840 GCS elective  History, Society, and Culture
HUMN-SHU 366 Shanghai Stories  GCS elective  Media, Arts, and Literature
MCC-SHU 9451 The Media in China GCS elective Media, Arts, and Literature
RELS-SHU 9270 Religion and Society in China GCS elective  History, Society, and Culture
SOCS-SHU 133 Urbanization in China Chinese Geographies  History, Society, and Culture
SOCS-SHU 302T Topics in Politics: Chinese Foreign Policy  GCS elective China and the World

 

Degree Requirements - 2019-2020 & 2018-2019 Bulletin

GCS Major (Track One)- Total Major Credits: 36

This track is for students interested in developing in-depth knowledge about China through the study of Chinese history, society, literature, arts, and politics in a global setting with an emphasis on innovative research methods. Students must take a wide range of courses about China and are encouraged to complete a minor of their choosing. This track is recommended for students who plan to seek employment in the private sector, research institutions, or admission into graduate school.   

Required Courses: 20 credits
GCHN-SHU 110 The Concept of China (4 credits) 
China and the World: Choose Two (8 credits)

Courses in this category focus on China in a broader global setting, focusing on its contacts (historical and/or contemporary) with the outside world. The aim is to examine the dynamics of Chinese history, politics, economy, and culture as interconnected and integrated with various regions of the world.

Select two of the following (sample courses):

GCHN-SHU 164 The History of the Silk Road(s) (Originally: The Stuff of Legends: The Many Meanings of the Early Silk Road(s))
GCHN-SHU 234 Dunhuang and Its Global Connections 
GCHN-SHU 252 20th-Century East Asian-American Relations
GCHN-SHU 264 Chinese Migrant and Diasporic Networks 
HIST-SHU 250 Tianxia: Traditional China and the World (Originally: China at the Center? An Exploration of Chinese Foreign Relations)
HIST-SHU 312 China Encounters the World 
HIST-SHU 313 China Goes Global: How China and the World Changed Each Other *
SCA-SHU 9634 Global Connections: Shanghai 
SOCS-SHU 341 Cross-Strait Relations 
SOCS-SHU 302T Chinese Foreign Policy
TBD Warfare and Modern China
Two-semester Capstone Course (8 credits) 

Fall Semester: Methodologies in China Studies

Spring Semester: Research Project Seminar

The first semester of this two-semester capstone course will focus on examining the importance and shortcomings of Chinese primary sources and data, familiarizing with and learning how to access and use key archives, museums, libraries, research tools, databases, and digital websites, and analyzing some of the pivotal books and articles on China. Students will also draft a research proposal, with a preliminary bibliography, and identify a faculty mentor for the second semester of the capstone course. During the second semester, students will work primarily with their respective mentors but are required to also participate and make presentations at a weekly research seminar.

 

Those opting for GCS majors do not have to demonstrate competency in reading and analyzing Chinese language sources.   

Global China Studies Electives (16 Credits)
Choose four courses from the list, with at least one course from each of the following three categories.
Chinese History, Society, and Culture
Courses in this category focus on the examination of aspects and periods of Chinese history, social values and conditions, and cultural traditions and practices. 
Sample courses:
GCHN-SHU 255 Eat, Pray, Ponder: Chinese Intellectual Culture Through Ages
GCHN-SHU 267 The Cultivated City
GCHN-SHU 224 Chinese Maritime History
GCHN-SHU 231 Social and Cultural Debates in 20th Century China
GCHN-SHU 275 Memory Politics in China
HIST-SHU 153 History of Modern China
SOCS-SHU 133 Urbanization in China
RELS-SHU 9270 Religion and Society in China 
Chinese Media, Arts, and Literature
Courses in this category examine the artistic and literary productions by the Chinese in and outside China, as well as the trends in print, audio-visual, digital and social media. 
Sample courses:
CCCF-SHU 133 Journalism and Society in China
GCHN-SHU 222 History of Chinese Cinemas 
GCHN-SHU 230 Culture and Media in Urban China 
GCHN-SHU 263 Voices from the Margin: Modern Chinese and Sinophone Studies 
HUMN-SHU 366 (266) Shanghai Stories 
MCC-SHU 9451 Global Media in China 
The Politics, Economy, and Environment of China
Courses in this category examine the contemporary political, economic, legal, and environmental theories, policies, and practices in the People’s Republic of China.  
Sample courses:
SOCS-SHU 275 US-China Relations
BUSF-SHU 288 Doing Business in China
CCSF-SHU 123 Contemporary Chinese Political Thought 
ECON-SHU 238 Modern Economic Growth: Explore China 
SOCS-SHU 160 Intro to International Politics
GCHN-SHU 243 Chinese Environmental Studies

GCHN-SHU 342/BPEP-SHU 9042

Political Economy of East Asia
LWSO-SHU 9251 Law Culture and Politics in China 
SOCS-SHU 450 Chinese Environmental Governance
Study Abroad
Students enrolled in this track may study abroad for a maximum of
two semesters.

 

Advanced GCS Major (Track Two) - Total Major Credits: 40

This advanced track is for students interested in combining advanced training in the Chinese language with a deep knowledge of Chinese history, society, literature, arts, and politics in a global setting, as well as with an exploration of innovative research methodologies. It is recommended for students who plan to seek admission into graduate school, or employment in research institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations in China or elsewhere that focus on China-related issues.    

Required Courses: 28 credits
GCHN-SHU 110 The Concept of China (4 credits)
China and the World: Choose One (4 credits)

Courses in this category focus on China in a broader global setting, focusing on its contacts (historical and/or contemporary) with the outside world. The aim is to examine the dynamics of Chinese history, politics, economy, and culture as interconnected and integrated with various regions of the world.

Select one of the following:

GCHN-SHU 164 The History of the Silk Road(s) (Originally: The Stuff of Legends: The Many Meanings of the Early Silk Road(s))
GCHN-SHU 234 Dunhuang and Its Global Connections 
GCHN-SHU 252 20th-Century East Asian-American Relations
GCHN-SHU 264 Chinese Migrant and Diasporic Networks 
HIST-SHU 250 Tianxia: Traditional China and the World (Originally: China at the Center? An Exploration of Chinese Foreign Relations)
HIST-SHU 312 China Encounters the World 
HIST-SHU 313 China Goes Global: How China and the World Changed Each Other 
SCA-SHU 9634 Global Connections: Shanghai 
SOCS-SHU 341 Cross-Strait Relations 
SOCS-SHU 302T Chinese Foreign Policy
TBD Warfare and Modern China
Language courses (8 Credits)
Non-Native Chinese Speakers: Advanced Chinese I & II, with Advanced II as a “Reading Newspaper” course 
Native Chinese speakers must take the Reading Newspaper course and an additional elective from the list below
Chinese for Advanced Undergraduate Research (4 Credits)
The aim of these courses is to expand Chinese language research skills. Students will read, analyze, and use Chinese language sources to write, in English, response reports and research paper(s). The courses under this category will be taught in English. Select one of the following: 
GCHN-SHU 283 Reading and Viewing Modern China 
GCHN-SHU 200 Introduction to Classical Chinese
GCHN-SHU 233 Foreign Societies in Classical Chinese Writing
TBD Sociological Texts in Chinese 
Two-semester Capstone Course (8 credits) 

Fall Semester: Methodologies in China Studies

Spring Semester: Research Project Seminar

The first semester of this two-semester capstone course will focus on examining the importance and shortcomings of Chinese primary sources and data, familiarizing with and learning how to access and use key archives, museums, libraries, research tools, databases, and digital websites, and analyzing some of the pivotal books and articles on China. Students will also draft a research proposal, with a preliminary bibliography, and identify a faculty mentor for the second semester of the capstone course. During the second semester, students will work primarily with their respective mentors, but are required to also participate and make presentations at a weekly research seminar.

 

Those opting for Advanced GCS majors must demonstrate competency in reading and analyzing Chinese language sources. 

Global China Studies Electives (12 Credits)
Choose three courses from the list, with at least one course from each of the following three categories.
Chinese History, Society, and Culture
Courses in this category focus on the examination of aspects and periods of Chinese history, social values and conditions, and cultural traditions and practices. 
Sample courses:
GCHNS-SHU 255 Eat, Pray, Ponder: Chinese Intellectual Culture Through Ages
GCHN-SHU 267 The Cultivated City
GCHN-SHU 224 Chinese Maritime History
GCHN-SHU 231 Social and Cultural Debates in 20th Century China
GCHN-SHU 275 Memory Politics in China 
HIST-SHU 153 History of Modern China
HIST-SHU 379 The Social Life of Things: Functions of Material Culture in Ancient China
RELS-SHU 9270 Religion and Society in China 
Chinese Media, Arts, and Literature
Courses in this category examine the artistic and literary productions by the Chinese in and outside China, as well as the trends in print, audio-visual, digital and social media. 
Sample courses:
CCCF-SHU 133 Journalism and Society in China
GCHN-SHU 222 History of Chinese Cinemas 
GCHN-SHU 230 Culture and Media in Urban China 
GCHN-SHU 263 Voices from the Margin: Modern Chinese and Sinophone Studies 
HUMN-SHU 366 (266) Shanghai Stories 
MCC-SHU 9451 Global Media Seminar: China 
The Politics, Economy, and Environment of China
Courses in this category examine the contemporary political, economic, legal, and environmental theories, policies, and practices in the People’s Republic of China.  
Sample courses:
SOCS-SHU 275 US-China Relations
BUSF-SHU 288 Doing Business in China
CCSF-SHU 123 Contemporary Chinese Political Thought 
ECON-SHU 238 Modern Economic Growth: Explore China 
SOCS-SHU 160 Intro to International Politics
GCHN-SHU 243 Chinese Environmental Studies

GCHN-SHU 342/BPEP-SHU 9042

Political Economy of East Asia
LWSO-SHU 9251 Law Culture and Politics in China 
SOCS-SHU 450 Chinese Environmental Governance
Study Abroad
Students enrolled in the Advanced Global China Studies track should spend no more than one semester abroad.

 

 
 
Degree Requirements - 2017-2018 Bulletin

Total: 9 Courses (36 credits)

Not every course listed is taught every semester, and in any given semester other courses may be offered that fulfill this requirement. Requirements may be met through equivalent courses in the Global Network with prior approval. 
 
REQUIRED COURSES
GCHN-SHU 110 The Concept of China 
Chinese Geographies course (choose one):
GCHN-SHU 164 The History of the Silk Road 
GCHN-SHU 234 Dunhuang and Its Global Connections 
GCHN-SHU 250 China at the Center? An Exploration of Chinese Foreign Relations 
GCHN-SHU 243 Chinese Environmental Studies 
GCHN-SHU 270 Research Chinese Politics & Society
Digital China Studies course (choose one):
GCHN-SHU 210 Topics in Digital Humanities: The Cultivated City 
GCHN-SHU 243 Chinese Environmental Studies 
INTM-SHU 265-001 Topics in Digital Human: Acoustic Ethnography of the Yangtze River Delta 
INTM-SHU 184 Communities and Net Literature
INTM-SHU 193 Chinese Cyberculture
INTM-SHU 225 Media and Participation
INTM-SHU 249 Street Life & Street Food in the 21st Century City
SCA-SHU 9634 Global Connections: Shanghai 
A Worldwide Chinese Diaspora course (choose one):
GCHN-SHU 263 Voices from the Margin: Modern Chinese and Sinophone Writers *
GCHN-SHU 264 Chinese Migrant and Diasporic Networks 
HUMN-SHU 225 Topics in Asia-Pacific History
HUMN-SHU 230 Topics in the Humanities: Introduction to Asian American Studies
HUMN-SHU 267 Representing Ethnicity in Mainland China and Beyond: A Comparative Study 
Language Requirement
Native Chinese speakers: Two additional courses from the “Global China Studies Electives List" below.
Non-Native Chinese speakers: Advanced Chinese I and II OR two Chinese language classes higher than the Intermediate II level such as:
CHIN-SHU 301 Advanced Chinese I 
CHIN-SHU 302 Advanced Chinese II 
CHIN-SHU 401 Classical Chinese I 
CHIN-SHU 403 Readings in Chinese Culture I 
CHIN-SHU 405 Reading Chinese Newspapers 
CHIN-SHU 415 Introduction to Contemporary China I 
GLOBAL CHINA STUDIES ELECTIVES: Choose Three
CHIN-SHU 429 Chinese Business ad Finance: A Bilingual Introduction 
CCCF-SHU 128 Contemporary Art & New Media 
CCSF-SHU 123 Contemporary Chinese Political Thought 
ECON-SHU 238 Modern Economic Growth: Explore China 
GCHN-SHU 233 Foreign Societies in Classical Chinese Writing 
GCHN-SHU 283 Reading and Viewing in Modern China 
GCHN-SHU 275 Memory Politics in China 
HIST-SHU 312 China Encounters the World 

MCC-SHU 9451/  MCC-UE 9451

Global Media Seminar: China 
PHIL-SHU 105 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
RELS-SHU 9270/ RELST-UA 9270 Religion and Society in China 
SOCS-SHU 160 Introduction to International Politics 
SOCS-SHU 272 US Constitution: Is It Relevant to China? 
SOCS-SHU 300C Topics in Law & Politics: Law and Land in the US and China 
SOCS-SHU 341 Cross-Strait Relations 
GCHN-SHU 997 Global China Studies Independent Study 
BPEP-SHU 9042 Political Economy of East Asia 
CCCF-SHU 121 History of Chinese Cinemas
CCCF-SHU 131 History of Chinese Cinemas II
CCSF-SHU 124 Growing Shanghai, Shrinking Detroit
GCHN-SHU 200-001 Topics in GCS: Changing Roles of Women in China 
GCHN-SHU 200-002 Topics: Politics of History and Memory in China 
GCHN-SHU 200-003 Topics: Chinese Social Stratification in Comparative Perspective 
GCHN-SHU 202 Archaeology in China
GCHN-SHU 203 Art of War in China
GCHN-SHU 204 Ethnic Diversity in China
GCHN-SHU 206 Global (Chinese) Texts
GCHN-SHU 207 20th Century Chinese Writers in Global Context
GCHN-SHU 220 Chinese Science
GCHN-SHU 221 Chinese Inventions in Global Context
GCHN-SHU 222 History of Chinese Medicine
GCHN-SHU 223 Muslim Science and China
GCHN-SHU 224 Chinese Maritime History
GCHN-SHU 231 Social and Cultural Debates in 20th Century China
GCHN-SHU 232 From Qing to the Republic: Social Debates in China
GCHN-SHU 240 Modern Chinese Governance
GCHN-SHU 241 Chinese Revolutions
GCHN-SHU 242 Mao and the Chinese Revolution
GCHN-SHU 243 Chinese Environmental Studies 
GCHN-SHU 252 20th-Century East Asia-U.S. Relations 
GCHN-SHU 260 Modern Chinese Economy
GCHN-SHU 261 China and the Great Depression
GCHN-SHU 263 Voices from the Margin: Modern Chinese and Sinophone Writers *
GCHN-SHU 270 Research Chinese Politics & Society
GCHN-SHU 280 Play and Games in Early China
GCHN-SHU 281 Beliefs and Social Practice in China
GCHN-SHU 282 China and Global Religions
GCHN-SHU 342/ GCHN-SHU 262 China Trade in Global Context
HIST-SHU 153/ EAST/HIST-UA 9053 History of Modern China Since 1840
HIST-SHU 120 The Mongol Conquest in World History
HIST-SHU 226 5000 Years of Chinese History: Fact or Fiction
HIST-SHU 250 China at the Center? An Exploration of Chinese Foreign Relations 
HIST-SHU 302 History of Water
HIST-SHU 313 China Goes Global: How China and the World Changed Each Other 
HIST-SHU 351 From Human Sacrifices to Illicit Sex at a Funeral: A History of Violence and Crime in Ancient China
HIST-SHU 379 The Social Life of Things: Functions of Material Culture in Ancient Chinese Society and Beyond
HUMN-SHU 225 Topics in Asia-Pacific History
HUMN-SHU 229/  CCCF-SHU 129 Masters of Asian Cinema
HUMN-SHU 230 Topics in the Humanities: Introduction to Asian American Studies
HUMN-SHU 366/266 Shanghai Stories 
INTM-SHU 250 Street Food and Urban Farming
LIT-SHU 226 History of Chinese Cinemas 
LWSO-SHU 9251/ SOCS-SHU 251 Topics in Law and Society: Law, Culture, & Politics in China 
SCA-SHU 9634 Global Connections: Shanghai 
SOCS-SHU 270 Social Change in Contemporary China
Global China Studies Capstone (8 credits)
GCHN-SHU 400 Global China Studies Capstone I (4 credits)                     
GCHN-SHU 401 Global China Studies Capstone II (4 credits) 

 

Recommended Spring 2020 Courses

For First-year students:

  1. Writing as Inquiry 
  2. EAP or Chinese
  3. One class from China and the World category
  4. Core Curriculum/GCS Elective

 

For Sophomores:

  1. One class from China and the World category
  2. Core Curriculum Course
  3. GCS Elective
  4. Chinese for Advanced Undergraduate Research
Faculty Mentors

Tansen Sen Director of the Center for Global Asia, Professor of History Email: ts107@nyu.edu | Room 1218 | Profile

 

Lena Scheen Assistant Professor of Literature

Email: lms14@nyu.edu | Room 1222 | Profile

Minor in Global China Studies
Four classes from the required and elective list of Global China Studies courses, of which at least one must be from the required list. Students may take up to two advanced or post-advanced language courses in fulfillment of this minor.