Global China Studies

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 - 2017-18 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 Fall ’18 in Shanghai

REQUIRED COURSES: All Six
GCHN-SHU 110 The Concept of China *
Chinese Geographies course (choose one):
GCHN-SHU 164 The History of the Silk Road *
GCHN-SHU 243 Chinese Environmental Studies *
GCHN-SHU 250 China at the Center? An Exploration of Chinese Foreign Relations 
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
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 *
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: Ghosts, Gods, Buddhas and Ancestors *
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: China
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) *

 

Degree Requirements - 2018-19 Bulletin

China is once again a major force in the world. 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 major 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. 

 

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 on 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.

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 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 *
TBD China and International Relations Theory
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 major 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:
CCSF-SHU 122 Traditional Chinese Wisdom and Its Transformation in Modern Times *
GCHN-SHU 165 The Islamic World and China
GCHN-SHU 224 Chinese Maritime History
GCHN-SHU 231 Social and Cultural Debates in 20th Century 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
BUSF-SHU 188 (CHIN-SHU 429) Chinese Business and Financial: A Bilingual Introduction
BUSF-SHU 288 Doing Business in China
CCSF-SHU 123 Contemporary Chinese Political Thought *
ECON-SHU 238 Modern Economic Growth: Explore China
GCHN-SHU 240 Modern Chinese Governance
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
Internship Option 
Engaging Chinese society, culture, and economics, students will participate in a semester-long internship in Shanghai. In consultation with the faculty advisor, each student will find and then experience a relevant unpaid internship reflecting the interests of the student. Across a variety of sectors from private companies to non-governmental organizations, these internships will offer an opportunity to directly interact and utilize previous Global China Studies work plus Chinese language skills. Immersion in the internship will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of China and, specifically, the unique qualities of a dynamic, expanding Shanghai. 
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 Two (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 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 *
TBD China and International Relations Theory
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)
This 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
TBD Classical Chinese: Chinese Records on the Foreign Peoples
TBD Chinese Social Media
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 GCS major do not have to 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:
CCSF-SHU 122 Traditional Chinese Wisdom and Its Transformation in Modern Times *
GCHN-SHU 165 The Islamic World and China
GCHN-SHU 224 Chinese Maritime History
GCHN-SHU 231 Social and Cultural Debates in 20th Century 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
BUSF-SHU 188 (CHIN-SHU 429) Chinese Business and Financial: A Bilingual Introduction
BUSF-SHU 288 Doing Business in China
CCSF-SHU 123 Contemporary Chinese Political Thought *
ECON-SHU 238 Modern Economic Growth: Explore China *
GCHN-SHU 240 Modern Chinese Governance
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
Internship Option
Engaging Chinese society, culture, and economics, students will participate in a semester-long internship in Shanghai. In consultation with the faculty advisor, each student will find and then experience a relevant unpaid internship reflecting the interests of the student. Across a variety of sectors from private companies to non-governmental organizations, these internships will offer an opportunity to directly interact and utilize previous Global China Studies work plus Chinese language skills. Immersion in the internship will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of China and, specifically, the unique qualities of a dynamic, expanding Shanghai. 
Study Abroad
Students enrolled in the Advanced Global China Studies track should
spend no more than one semester abroad.

 

 
 
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.