Being Chinese in the 21st Century: Stability and Change
At the center of this course is a 21-day trip to China led by Professors Judith Allen of the Department of Psychology and Joseph Schneider of Department for the Study of Culture and Society. Professors Allen and Schneider have lived and worked in China and they successfully led two Drake groups there in the recent past.
The present course and trip to China frame the last century there as one where change and stability are entwined. It invites students to interrogate how these are related in its people and cultural practices through an academic project they will shape in negotiation with faculty about what it means to be Chinese today. That will take them into the past in order to understand the present. Because of the challenges of language and limited access, the student project does not assume research will be done in China, but, rather, that the trip and its experience will provide a rich context in terms of which to understand more deeply the people, the culture, and society.
The course and trip are open to community people and students from other universities and colleges (credit hours will transfer), although currently enrolled Drake students have priority for the maximum 20+ seats available at the application deadline (February 8). All non-traditional students enrolled for the course and trip will be designated as audit (AU) students.
The final cost range for 15 students is $6,600-$6,900. For 20 students, the final cost is somewhat less (to be determined at the deposit deadline). This price includes:
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Once a student is accepted, a $500 deposit is required to secure a spot in the program.
For more information, please contact:
Professor Joseph Schneider
Professor Judith Allen