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K-12 Teacher Training Workshop: "China: From Imperial Palaces to Corporate Boardrooms"

A three-day summer seminar for teachers, July 9, 10 and 11, 2007.

The Asia Institute at UCLA is offering a summer seminar on China’s dramatic transformation over the last two centuries from a crumbling empire to a global economic power. Over three days, expert faculty from UCLA and other colleges in the LA area will lead participants in the seminar through a curriculum covering the history of this period and reflecting on how China’s society, economy, and culture have changed. Professor Bin Wong, Director of the Asia Institute will begin each day with an introduction to one of the three themes around which the seminar is organized:

  • Day one: Imperial China.
    We review China’s system of bureaucratic government, and the characteristics of China’s economy during the late Imperial period (17th to late 19th centuries). There will also be a discussion about the Chinese language and culture, and about religion and society.
  • Day two: From the Middle Kingdom to the People’s Republic.
    This module traces the history of changing dynasties, rebellions, war, and foreign intervention that led to the China of today. Lectures and discussion cover key events, as well as the introduction of new political ideologies including communism, and the way they changed China’s social and economic structure, culture and international relations.
  • Day three: A Socialist Market Economy.
    China since the reforms of the 1980s. Urbanization. The growing gap between rich and poor. Film, the arts, media and contemporary culture. China’s place in the global ecomomy.

Each day will meet from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, and will consist of lectures, discussions about recommended readings, and more informal lunchtime sessions with a demonstration of Chinese calligraphy, a film, and an opportunity to hear a first hand account about what is involved in doing business in China today. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Cost: $40 covers teaching materials, meals, and parking. Participants will receive 2 units of UCLA Extension credit.

This workshop is made possible by a federal National Resource Center grant to the UCLA-USC Joint East Asian Studies Center (JEASC). Additional support for the Summer Institute comes from the CIBER program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

To enroll online click here.

To view syllabus and download readings (password required), click here

For more info please contact:
Nick Menzies, Assistant Director
(310) 825-0007

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Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2007