Instructor: Zuoyue Wang Office: Building 94, Room 335
Summer Quarter 2005 Office Hours: Spring TTh & appnmt
Class Time: TBA Phone: 909-869-3872
Classroom: TBA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Description: This is a special course for students who participate in the China Summer Program. It is designed to help the students prepare for the trip and benefit the most from their experiences during the trip, on the one hand, and to use the trip to better understand China, its people, culture, society, past and present, and its relationship with the United States, on the other hand. Learning objectives include: exposure to Chinese society and culture through field trips and scholarly activities, in-depth studies of issues related to China-U.S. relations or comparisons, reflections on the meaning of cross-cultural differences and communications, and improvements in written and oral presentations. The course fulfills GE Interdisciplinary Synthesis course requirements for Areas C4 (Humanities) or D4 (Social Science).
Required Books: Please purchase the following books
from online stores as soon as possible, but definitely before
Fred Schneiter, Getting Along With the Chinese: For Fun and Profit (2000). Available from http://www.akhtars.com/books/. It may take two weeks for it to arrive. A copy will be on reserve at the library.
William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White, Elements of Style (any edition).
Strunk: Please read the Strunk book as soon as possible to help you improve your writing skills.
Book Review of Schneiter: In 2-3 double-spaced pages, summarize
the content of the book and point out what’s new and striking to you. Due:
Worksheets on Schaller: During the course taught in
Journal: Keep a daily journal of your experiences during the
trip. Record your activities and your
reflections on the people you encounter, events you witness, and on both the
commonalities and differences between Chinese and American societies. Note the connections between the lectures (by
CPP and Chinese faculties) and your own experiences or observations in
Term Paper/Presentation: The paper should include a summary and analysis of your experiences and observations during the trip, based on your own journal, your reading of Shaller and Schneiter, and other sources of information; reflections on the differences and commonalities of Chinese and American cultures. Please also comment on how this course helps you synthesize and expand the knowledge and skills you have acquired in your lower division courses in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences. You are required to email a draft of the paper for review by Professor Wang on Friday, August 12, and he will provide suggestions for revisions before final submission at our post-trip meeting TBA. At the meeting you will also be asked to make a brief group presentation on your paper. The text of the finished paper should be at least 8 pages (double-spaced) with footnotes, in addition to a bibliography and any illustrations (these are not counted toward the 8 page requirement).
Some Rules and Tips:
1. If you do not use your Cal Poly Pomona email account regularly, please set it up so any email sent to your CPP account will be forwarded to an email address you do use.
2. Plagiarism--copying other people’s writings or ideas as one’s own without proper acknowledgment or citation—is against university policy and strictly prohibited. It can be easily caught and will result in serious disciplinary actions. Please see Cal Poly Pomona Catalog for 2003-2005 (pp. 52-53) regarding university policy against plagiarism.
3. You can purchase Microsoft Windows XP and Office, including MS Word, at a greatly discounted price at Bronco Bookstore.
Grading (general guideline):
Participation in lectures, discussions, and trip activities: 25%; Book reviews and worksheets: 25%; Journal: 25%; Term paper and presentation: 25%
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