China, Beijing (Peking University)

China, the US, Europe and the Rise of Asia: Ideas, Culture and Perceptions

when 4 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1645

Using historical, cultural, and sociological documents and data, this course examines the dominant self-perception of what are arguably the three most important global players, the United States, the European Union, and the People’s Republic of China. The course explores how the rather different ways they think and define themselves and their respective missions, give rise to socio-cultural assumptions that play a formative role in both domestic and foreign policy and shape each player’s internal debates and sensitivities. This course thus provides students with the historical and theoretical background on European, Chinese and American thinking needed to understand these players’ perspective on the rise of Asia and, in particular, the rise of China. Students will examine and discuss current developments in China – such as China’s changing role in international organizations, China’s engagement with Africa, and China’s reliance on a non-Western model of governance – as well as the often conflicted Euro-American responses to these developments.

This course will offer students an intensive but varied two-week program with lectures, workshops, and excursions. Students are expected to actively participate in the workshops, prepare a (group) presentation and write a paper.


This course is taught at Peking University (Beijing, China) as part of the China Europe International Summer School (CEISS). CEISS is a collaboration between Fudan University (China), Pecking University(China),Utrecht University (Netherlands), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), and Edvance Education International (China), and offers summer courses that explore the world's main economic, social and political trends and the way they impact on the economies and societies of Europe and China.

This course can be combined with​
-Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management in China (Fudan University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-Essentials of Investment Management (Fudan University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-China and the Dynamics of Globalization (Fudan University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-Asia-Pacific Security (Peking University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-Humanism and Chinese Urbanization (Peking University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-Contemporary and International Conflict Management (Utrecht University, 18 - 29 July 2016)

Course leader

Prof. Hans Bertens (Utrecht University)

Target group

Students of the social sciences, including economics and business, political sciences, European studies, international relations, history, culture studies and sociology, the sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in culture, society and politics. A general background in the social sciences may help, but no specific expertise is required.

Course aim

This course examines the dominant self-perception of what are arguably the three most important global players, the United States, the European Union, and the People’s Republic of China. The course explores how the rather different ways they define themselves and their respective missions, which also largely determine how they see their rivals, give rise to socio-cultural assumptions that play a formative role in both domestic and foreign policy and shape each player’s internal debates and sensitivities.

Fee info

EUR 1645: Course + course materials + housing+social programma)

Scholarships

Not available

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