Global China Studies

Major Description
China has again become a major force in the world, while increasingly the world is drawn to China. More than the scope of the conventional Area Studies, the innovative interdisciplinary major in Global China Studies allows students to build on the knowledge and critical skills gained from the core curriculum to deepen their understanding of global currents in China, whether at the level of state and society or of individuals, and in the context of commercial, religious, cultural, political and other interactions. At the same time, students will gain a greater awareness of the extraordinary complexity of what we call “China” and how that has come about. Global China Studies majors will further their formal language study, either by an additional year of modern Chinese or a year of classical Chinese, or, in consultation with the adviser, by a year’s study of another dialect or language of China. They will learn about digital humanities from the specific perspective of Global China Studies; and finally, are strongly encouraged to study abroad beyond the minimum one semester in order to expand their global experience. Majoring in Global China Studies at NYU Shanghai positions students to pursue graduate education and professional careers in a broad range of areas at the cutting edge of 21st-century experience.
Degree Requirements - 2016-17 Bulletin

Total: 9 Courses

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.
 

* = offered in Spring ’18 in Shanghai

REQUIRED COURSES: All Six

GCHN-SHU 110 The Concept of China *

 Chinese Geographies course (choose one):

GCHN-SHU 250 China at the Center? An Exploration of Chinese Foreign Relations *
GCHN-SHU 164 The stuff of legends: The Many Meanings of the Early Silk Road(s)
GCHN-SHU 270 Research Chinese Politics & Society

A Digital China Studies course (choose one):

SCA-SHU 9634 Global Connections: Shanghai
INTM-SHU 249 Street Life & Street Food in the 21st Century City
INTM-SHU 184 Communities and Net Literature
INTM-SHU 193 Chinese Cyberculture
INTM-SHU 225 Media and Participation

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
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 402 Classical Chinese II *
CHIN-SHU 404 Readings in Chinese Culture II *
CHIN-SHU 416 Introduction to Contemporary China II *

CHIN-SHU 429/

BUSF-SHU 188

Chinese Business and Finance -- A Bilingual Introduction *
GCHN-SHU 283 Reading and Viewing Modern China *
CHIN-SHU 411 Introduction to Business Chinese and Culture

GLOBAL CHINA STUDIES ELECTIVES: Choose Three

BPEP-SHU 9042 Political Economy of East Asia *
CCSF-SHU 123 Contemporary Chinese Political Thought *
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 243 Chinese Environmental Studies *
GCHN-SHU 252 20th-Century East Asia-U.S. Relations *
GCHN-SHU 263 Voices from the Margin: Modern Chinese and Sinophone Writers
GCHN-SHU 283 Reading and Viewing Modern China *
HIST-SHU 250 China at the Center? An Exploration of Chinese Foreign Relations *
LIT-SHU 226 History of Chinese Cinemas *
LWSO-SHU 9251 (SOCS-SHU 251) Law Culture and Politics in China  *

MCC-SHU 9451

(MCC-UE 9451)

Global Media Seminar: China  *
RELS-SHU 9270 (RELST-UA 9270) Religion and Society in China: Gods, Ghosts, Buddhas and Ancestors *
SOCS-SHU 331 Politics in China *
GCHN-SHU 997 Global China Studies Independent Study *
ECON-SHU 238 Modern Economic Growth: Exploring China From a Comparative Perspective
HIST-SHU 153 (EAST/HIST-UA 9053) History of Modern China Since 1840
HIST-SHU 226 5000 Years of Chinese History: Fact or Fiction
HIST-SHU 302 History of Water
HUMN-SHU 366 (266) Shanghai Stories
SCA-SHU 9634 Global Connections: China
SOCS-SHU 270 Social Change in Contemporary China
SOCS-SHU 272 US Constitution: Is It Relevant to China?
GCHN-SHU 997 Global China Studies Independent Study
CCCF-SHU 128 Contemporary Art & New Media
HIST-SHU 313 China Goes Global: How China and the World Changed Each Other
GCHN-SHU 224 Chinese Maritime History
GCHN-SHU 230 Culture and Media in Urban China
HIST-SHU 351 From Human Sacrifices to Illicit Sex at a Funeral: A History of Violence and Crime in Ancient China
CCSF-SHU 122 Traditional Chinese Wisdom and Its Transformation in Modern Times
CCSF-SHU 124 Growing Shanghai, Shrinking Detroit
GCHN-SHU 240 Modern Chinese Governance
GCHN-SHU 270 Research Chinese Politics & Society
HIST-SHU 379 The Social Life of Things: Functions of Material Culture in Ancient Chinese Society and Beyond
CCCF-SHU 121 History of Chinese Cinemas
CCCF-SHU 131 History of Chinese Cinemas II
CCSF-SHU 120 The Rise of Modern China (Modern China and World Economy)
CCSF-SHU 122 Traditional Chinese Wisdom and Its Transformation in Modern Times
CCSF-SHU 133 Governing the Local
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 231 Social and Cultural Debates in 20th Century China
GCHN-SHU 232 From Qing to the Republic: Social Debates in China
GCHN-SHU 241 Chinese Revolutions
GCHN-SHU 242 Mao and the Chinese Revolution
GCHN-SHU 260 Modern Chinese Economy
GCHN-SHU 261 China and the Great Depression
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 262 China Trade in Global Context

GCHN-SHU 342/

BPEP-SHU 9042

The Political Economy of East Asia
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
HIST-SHU 120 The Mongol Conquest in World History
HIST-SHU 312 China Encounters the World
INTM-SHU 250 Street Food and Urban Farming
LWSO-SHU 9251 (SOCS-SHU 251) Topics in Law and Society: Law, Culture, & Politics in China
Recommended Spring 2018 Courses

Recommended Courses in Spring 2018 for Freshmen

  • Writing as Inquiry
  • GCHN-SHU 110 The Concept of China / One GCS Required Course
  • Core Curriculum Course
  • English, Chinese, or General Elective

Recommended Courses in Spring 2018 for Sophomores

  • GCS Required Course
  • GCS Elective/GCS Required Course
  • Core Curriculum Course
  • Chinese (International students are encouraged to complete Advanced Chinese II before studying away)
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 Requirements
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.