AT 8-001_FA20: Course Alias: at8-1-fa@eckerd.edu
The rise of China in the 21st century is one of the most important global phenomena. This is why a quick introduction course like this one can help us gain a better understanding of China--its culture, history, and traditions as well as the major problems and challenges she is faced with. The past 40 years have seen China transformed herself economically through economic reforms and opening up to the world. The rapid rise of the largest middle class and the largest emerging consumer market in the world are bringing both opportunities and challenges. Therefore, a deep understanding of their consequences and ramifications is important both to China and the rest of the world. This course aims at exploring the path China has taken to transform herself. Also, students should expect in this short term to engage in activities that not only inform them of China, but also help them develop and improve their critical thinking, reading, oral and written communication skills.