Apply for the Global Seminar 2017 in China

Friday, Jan 6, 2017
by dsuchens

Beijing, China: July 8 - August 20

Application Deadline: February 17, 2017


About the Seminar

The seminar will offer an introduction to some of the most prominent features of Chinese society, including work organizations, the education system, the urban/rural divide, migration, social inequality, marriage and family, ethnicity and religion. Through in-class lectures and presentations and interesting field excursions to sites within Beijing and western and southern China, the seminar will provide you with a substantive introduction to sociological perspectives of China that will allow you to understand social changes in China and their long-term impact on not only the 1.3 billion Chinese now living in China  - the largest population in the world today - but also people living elsewhere in developed as well as developing countries.


Classes will be held at Peking University with weekly excursions in Beijing and two other provinces to examine China’s growing wealth and social disparities and the impact of fast-paced economic growth on society as well as the regional differences in culture and traditions of China. Among the excursions will be a weekend trip to Western China that will include a visit to the Mogao Buddha Caves in Gansu Province where ancient Buddhist art survives. The trip will also include an opportunity to examine rural life in China. Another weekend excursion is a visit to Shenzhen in southern China, a unique economic zone located in Guangdong Province. The visit will include tours of manufacturing facilities, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Dafen Art Village in Shenzhen. China is unique in its manufacturing model, where employees live on the factory grounds in dormitory-style housing and dine in communal kitchens.


Faculty Director

Yu Xie joined Princeton University in 2015 as the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Sociology and PIIRS. His main areas of interest are social stratification, demography, statistical methods, Chinese studies and the sociology of science. Contact Yan Bennett if you have any questions.


Distribution Requirements

The course fulfills the Social Analysis (SA) requirement and the departmental requirements for Sociology (SOC) and East Asian Studies (EAS). It may be used to fulfill the requirements for the East Asian Studies Program Certificate or the East Asian Studies Department Language and Culture Certificate. Language instruction will be offered at the beginner (no prior training) and advanced (conversational) levels.  This course is only open to Freshmen-Juniors.



The cost of the Global Seminars ranges from $6,500 -$8,000.


How to Apply

Visit Global Programs System to apply:

Co-sponsored by the Center on Contemporary China.

CCC at Princeton University