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Contemporary China (Tuesdays, January 23 - February 27, 2024)

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024 - 4:00pm

China’s rise has already reshaped our world and its influence continues to grow. Many welcome this but some worry about it. K-12 educators are encouraged to learn more about China and its global reach in this five week online course. It is aimed at equipping teachers to bring more about these vital developments into their own classrooms. This complimentary online seminar explores many aspects of contemporary China. In addition to building a solid foundation of knowledge, the seminar discusses ways to effectively incorporate China into your curriculum. This course is open to all k-12 educators.

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USCI's Clayton Dube will teach this course. Topics include:

  • Geography and demography basics
  • Powerful instituteions: China's Communist Party and the Household Registration System
  • Economic transformation: Reform and Opening and China Shakes the World
  • Changing State and Society Relations: Expansion of Individual Choices and Tightened Controls
  • Changing Social and Environmental Landscape: Relations across Generations and the Challenges of Environmental Degradation
  • China Goes Global and Evolving Relations with the U.S.

The online seminar includes:

  • Recorded video lectures & readings

  • Mandatory online forum participation

  • Tuesday discussions (4-5 pm Pacific Time) with Prof. Clayton Dube via Zoom



  • Educators completing all course requirements can receive 3 USC Rossier School of Education continuing education units ($35/unit covered by the U.S.-China Institute) or a certificate of completion (no charge).
  • This course is open only to K-12 educators. There is no charge to take the course.
  • Reading assignments and recorded lectures for each week will be available in an online forum and are to be completed prior to the discussion sessions.
  • Access and log-in information will be provided upon acceptance into the course.
  • Seminar requirements include timely participation in the web forum (including 150-word film and website reviews), active participation in each discussion session, creation of a lesson plan to incorporate part of what is covered in the course into your own course and a short essay reflecting on how the seminar affected your thinking or teaching about China and the world.

*Must complete seminar requirements


Schedule & Topics

Session Date Online Meeting Time Topics
1 1/23 4-5pm PT Geography and Demography
The Communist Party & Hukou System
2 1/30 4-5pm PT

The Rise of China's Economy
China Shakes the World

3 2/6 4-5pm PT Evolving State-Society Relations
4 2/20 4-5pm PT Generations
Environmental Degradation
5 2/27 4-5pm PT U.S.-China Relations
Global China 


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