Fall 2014

Participants in the Experience China program enroll in a minimum of 12 credits offered in a module format. In this format, courses are taught one at a time in three-week blocks. You'll enroll in only one course per module. The descriptions provided below indicate the module the course will be offered. The required China: From Ancient Culture to a Modern Global Force meets at various times throughout the semester, and the optional Mandarin course will meet two evenings each week to best facilitate language learning. More specific dates for the fall 2014 program, and specific courses within the program can be found on our calendars page.

Course and Textbook

MODULE ONE: China: Society & Cultural Immersion/3 cr.
This course will explore topics related to intercultural communication, incrementally building a broad foundation of exposure, awareness and understanding of culture, in general, and specifically Chinese daily life, that will serve as a platform for further exploration and learning about China and global citizenship.

Cooper, P. J., Calloway-Thomas & Simonds, C.J., (2007)
Intercultural Communication: A Text with Readings
Allyn & Bacon
ISBN: 0205579469          ISBN 13: 9780205579464

Wenzhong, H., Hu, W., Grove, C.L, & Zhuang, E. (2010)
Encountering the Chinese: A Cultural Guide to the People's Republic (3rd edition)
ISBN: 1931930996          ISBN 13: 9781931930994
       *available as an e-book

UW-River Falls: EXC 205/3 cr./GP


UW-Superior: ANTH 301/3 cr.

MODULE TWO: China: From Ancient Culture to a Modern Global Force/3 cr.
This course will utilize an interdisciplinary approach to build a deeper understanding of China as an ancient country and a modern day geopolitical and economic force by understanding its history, geography, government & politics, ethnic compositions, arts, and more.

Fishman, T.C. (2006)
China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World
ISBN: 0743257359          ISBN 13: 9780743257350

UW-River Falls: EXC 310/3 cr./MD

UW-Stout: HIST 360/3 cr.

UW-Superior: HIST 389/3 cr.

MODULE THREE (Optional): Mandarin Language Course/4 cr.
The Mandarin language course is a highly recommended component of the Experience China program. Instructors at Zhejiang International Studies University will tailor language instruction to fit your needs - from beginner to intermediate.


UW-River Falls: MODL 377/4 cr.

UW-Stout: CHIN Elective

UW-Superior: CHIN 101

MODULE FOUR: Sustainability from the Perspective of the Arts/Robin Murray (UW-River Falls)/3 cr.
This course is an introduction to understanding the ethics of sustainability from the perspective of the arts, including visual art, dance, music, theatre, film and other arts. Students will uncover their own ethical understandings about their responsibilities to a sustainable future world by studying leading artists, products and conservationists.

Textbook(s)The Nature of College: How a New Understanding of Campus Life Can Change the World by James Farrell. (A day in the life of a typical college student) Publisher: Milkweed Editions,2010   Format: Paperback 336 page    ISBN 13: 9781571313225 (978-1-57131-322-5) ISBN: 1571313222 (1-57131-322-2)    eBook available: Format: Kindle eBook 338 page ASIN: B004HW6GT6

posted readings on D2L

UW-River Falls: THEA 110/3 cr./EC


UW-Superior: COMM 189

MODULE FIVE: Chinese Folk Heroines in the Performing Arts/Robin Murray (UW-River Falls)/3 cr.
This course will examine the legends of three Chinese folk heroines, exploring the origins of their stories, analyzing how their stories have changed dependent upon choice of performing arts media. Students will examine what the theatrical elements and conventions implicit in the Chinese Opera, Shadow Puppetry, Film and Contemporary Drama are and how they have influenced and altered the stories of these legendary women. The course will consider if these heroines have been appropriated by cultures other than Chinese and if there are stereotypes that may exist and have been perpetuated in these art forms. The focus will be on: the young girl warrior Mulan, Liang Zhu (the Chinese Juliet), and Lady Bai of the White Snake legend which is said to take place on West Lake in Hangzhou. Students will attend at least one performance of a performing art specific to China such as the Chinese Opera or Puppetry, dependent upon scheduling.


UW-River Falls: THEA 389/3 cr.



MODULE FIVE: Wellness/Faye Perkins (UW-River Falls)/3 cr.
Analysis of the consequences of personal decisions and personal lifestyle choices related to personal health and well-being. The study of techniques employed in the promotion of health information, services, and products and personal health risk appraisal. This course will include physical activities which may include hiking, biking, walking, Tai Chi, and traditional Chinese movement. UW-River Falls students can substitute this course for PE 108 and two (2) .5 credit lifetime activity courses. Students enrolling in this course will be responsible for an additional course fee not expected to exceed $400. This fee will cover daily Tai Chi instruction; field trips within the city of Hangzhou; and all transportation, accommodation, meal, and guide expenses associated with a two-day overnight trip to Yellow Mountain.

Edlin, G., Golanty, E., Brown, K. (2007)
Health and Wellness (9th edition)
Jones & Barlett
ISBN: 0763741450          ISBN 13: 9780763741457

UW-River Falls: HEAL 269/3 cr.



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