For decades, European countries assumed that China is a benign force in international relations.
Online Courses for Educators
These five-week courses include video lectures and readings that participating teachers review on their own schedule. They engage the materials and each other in our online discussion forum and each week, our lecturer leads a live online discussion. Teachers competing all course requirements are eligible to receive USC continuing education units or completion certificates. (LAUSD salary point credit is available for some online courses.) The courses are part of our partnership with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia and are possible thanks to support from the Freeman Foundation.
June 7-July 5, 2022: East Asian Design - Architecture and Urbanism
Moving across history in time and space, this course will examines the multifaceted architectural and urbanist dimensions of East Asia - from its urban planning concepts and monuments, to construction techniques and aesthetic concepts. It will hone in on some of the most defining epochs in East-Asian history, such as the spread of Buddhism, Colonialism, and the embrace and assimilation of Western Modernism. Going from Japan to China, and Korea to Hong Kong, this course will offer insights into how East Asian culture offers an intellectual counterpoint to the West, and why it is so relevant in our globalizing world.
Understanding Korean Society through Popular Culture
Contemporary China: China since 1949
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.