Spring Social Sciences Quarter

Social Sciences in Beijing

Excursions enrich study abroad coursework. Here, after a visit to Guajiayu eco-village, 2012 students, led by Center in Beijing Faculty Director Dali Yang, visit the Pinggu town center in suburban Beijing.

Building upon strong student interest in China’s economic transformation and rising global impact, Professor and Center in Beijing Faculty Director Dali Yang developed a quarter-long program focused on the social sciences. The Spring quarter Beijing Social Sciences program offers students an opportunity to consider China’s economic transformation and rising global impact through a selection of thematic courses on globalization, Chineseeconomy, society, and politics as considered from the vantage point in Beijing. This sequence is taught in English by both Chicago professors and leading scholars in Beijing, its emphasis shifting from year to year in accordance with the interests and expertise of that year’s faculty. In addition to the three social sciences courses, students take a fourth course in Mandarin, taught at various levels from beginning through advanced.


2015 Spring Social Sciences study abroad students visit a vocational school for rural women. (Photo by Yuxuan Li)

For More Information:

College Study Abroad Webpage for the Beijing Social Sciences Program

Spring Social Sciences Program 2014: Bringing Contemporary China Into Focus

Spring Social Sciences Program 2013: Balancing Current Issues and Historical Studies

Spring Social Sciences Program 2012: Students Gain a Hands-On Understanding of Today’s China

Spring 2011 Study Abroad Students Explore Beijing

Renmin University Professor Tao Ran Teaches UChicago Economics Course in Beijing

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