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A Panoramic View of China: Introducing Chinese Culture

Delve into the history, literature, and economy of China to gain a panoramic overview of Chinese culture.

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A Panoramic View of China: Introducing Chinese Culture

411 enrolled on this course

  • 8 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Open level

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Prepare to study in China with Shanghai International Studies University (SISU)

Any international student hoping to study in China needs to know a little about Chinese culture. That means delving into the country’s history, art, economy, and more.

This eight-week course from SISU is designed to provide a panoramic overview of Chinese culture. Aimed at international students starting out at a Chinese university, it will give you the knowledge you need to ace your study abroad experience.

Delve into Chinese history and philosophy

Underpinning Chinese culture are several millennia of history and ancient philosophical movements, including Taoism and Confucianism.

The course will start by tracing the historical roots of Chinese culture, together with the thoughts and ideas that have forged it.

Explore great works of Chinese literature and art

Next, you’ll survey some of the greatest Chinese artistic contributions, spanning literature, art, architecture, and more.

From great classic writers like Lu Xan and Mo Yang to the legacy of traditional Chinese painting and music, you’ll be introduced to the most influential works and traditions.

Understand the Chinese economy and the role of technology

In Weeks 6 and 7 of the course, you’ll look at the structure of the Chinese economy and the role technology plays within it.

You’ll examine the three main industries in China today, discussing how China has become a global leader in trade and innovation.

Get a flavour of Chinese customs and language

Last but not least, you’ll be introduced to the Chinese language and given a flavour of customs and traditions.

You’ll learn about the difference between Mandarin and other dialects, while mastering the staples of Chinese etiquette.

With the knowledge you gain over the eight weeks of the course, you’ll be ready to take your first steps as an international student in China.

What topics will you cover?

Chinese History, Chinese Culture, Chinese Literature, Economy and Technology of China.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe how has China developed, how might China be.
  • Develop an understanding of Chinese History, Culture and Literature.
  • Get an understanding of Chinese Economy and Technology.

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily designed for international undergraduate students intending to study abroad in China.

It will also be suitable for anyone interested in gaining a comprehensive overview of Chinese history and culture.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU)

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), established in 1949, is one of the earliest institutions where China’s higher education in foreign languages took shape.

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