China: Shanghai and Beijing

The University of Toronto will offer one course in Shanghai and Beijing, China. The course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. The class will be made up of students from both the University of Toronto and Fudan University. Classes will be held Tuesday to Friday in Shanghai during the first week of the program and Monday to Friday during the second week. The daily schedule will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

While in Beijing the academic schedule will be less structured, but students will attend several guest lectures. Mandatory field trips are also an integral part of the course and may occur outside of class time (including weekends) while in Shanghai and throughout the entire 10 days in Beijing.

JPA376Y0 Transforming Global Politics: Comparative and Chinese Perspectives

Set against the backdrop of the rise of China, this course examines the dynamics of global change from comparative and Chinese perspectives. Themes include international security, political economy, political development and democracy, global climate change, economic development, poverty and inequality, corruption, technology innovation, among others.


Prerequisites: POL101Y1/POL208Y1/POL208Y5/POLB80H3 and POLB81H3/ POL215Y1/POL224Y1/CAS200Y1 or relevant academic preparation.
Exclusion: POL376Y1/POL376Y0

Field Trips

In addition to local excursions in Shanghai, students will be required to complete a field assignment in Beijing. While there, students visit important historical sites (Tiananmen, the Forbidden City, etc.) and cultural sites (museums, galleries, etc.) and attend lectures and workshops. These trips will enable students to learn through practical experience what they are studying in class. The cost of these trips is as follows:

  • CAD$685, paid to U of T for entrance fees, guides, onsite bus transportation in Shanghai and Beijing, and the Shanghai-Beijing flight.
  • CAD$55, paid on-site for local transit, some entry fees and driver/guide tips.


Professor Joseph Wong is the University of Toronto’s associate vice-president and vice provost, international student experience. He is also the Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School and is Professor and Canada Research Chair in the department of political science. Professor Wong was the Director of the Asian Institute from 2005-2014. His research interests are in comparative public policy and political economy, with a regional focus on East Asia. In addition to many journal articles and book chapters, Wong’s books include Healthy Democracies: Welfare Politics in Taiwan and South Korea (2004), Political Transitions in Dominant Party Systems: Learning to Lose (2008), Betting on Biotech: Innovation and the Limits of Asia’s Developmental State (2011) and with Dilip Soman and Janice Stein, Innovating for the Global South: Towards an Inclusive Innovation Agenda (2014).