China: Beijing and Tianjin

Program overview

Program Dates: Saturday, May 20 to Saturday, June 17, 2017 (4 weeks)

This will be the second year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Beijing and Tianjin, China. Students will earn a full-year Sociology credit in four weeks while living and learning in Beijing, China’s massive capital city. The second half of the program will include a 10-day visit to Tianjin. This course will benefit students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the characteristics of Chinese politics, economy, culture and society.

Course

The University of Toronto will offer one sociology course in China, worth one full-year credit. The course has limited space and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Classes will take place Monday through Thursday mornings. Mandatory field trips may take place outside of regular class time.

SOC393Y0 Selected Topics in Social Science Research: Contemporary Chinese Society

This course aims to enhance students’ understanding of Chinese politics, economy, and culture, and the impacts of the market oriented reforms on the lived experiences of the people in contemporary China. With combination of classroom lectures and discussions, and field trips and direct on the ground exposure to Chinese culture and society, students will have the opportunity to study various aspects of social, economic and political changes in contemporary China, such as employment and gender, grassroots level democratic election, family organization and family formulation, social network, poverty, social welfare, religion and environment.
The focus of this course is to understand social change and development in contemporary Chinese society, particularly the roles of societal institutions and individual actions in social change, and how it affects the nature of people’s lives. It will address such theoretical and methodological issues regarding state-society relations, structure and agency, context and behaviour, and how individuals’ actions reshape the characteristics of the society in which they live.

Prerequisites:  A SOC course at the 200+ level or relevant academic preparation.
Breadth Requirement=3
SOC393Y0 – Preliminary Course Outline

Field Trips:
In addition to formal lectures and classroom discussions, the course will feature guest lecturers such as Chinese scholars, village heads, migrant labor women, elderly and policy makers. Organized trips may include visits to a home for migrant workers, privately operated elderly care institutions, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The cost of these trips are as follows:

  • CAD$465, paid to U of T for entrance fees and on-site transportation in Beijing and Tianjin.
  • CAD$20, paid on-site for local transit and some entry fees.

Instructors:
Professor Weiguo Zhang, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto Missisauga. Dr Zhang specializes in social demography, and sociology of families. His work primarily focuses on rural area of China, looking into the relationship between national population and economic policies and individual livelihoods. His research has covered a variety of topics including Chinese “one-child” policy and fertility, domestic adoption of children, welfare of childless elderly, economic and political participation of women, and marriage and family dynamics.Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands, in 1998.

Dr. A. Ka Tat Tsang is Professor of Social Work and Factor-Inwentash Chair in Social Work in the Global Community at the University of Toronto. The focus of Professor Tsang’s work is the development of a knowledge base for social work practice in a globalized context, combining conventional and creative forms of knowledge production. The key themes are diversity, global community, and innovation in practice, with active integration of theory and research.

Information session

A detailed information session for the summer program in China: Beijing & Tianjin will be held on the UofT St. George campus in February. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from previous participants, see photos, and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Monday, January 16, 2017

Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Woodsworth College Residence, in Waters Lounge, 321 Bloor Street West (SE corner of St. George and Bloor)

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Program Details

Saturday, May 20 to Saturday, June 17, 2017 (4 weeks)

This will be the second year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer course in Beijing and Tianjin, China. Students will earn a full-year Sociology credit in four weeks while living and learning in Beijing, China’s massive capital city. The second half of the program will include a 10-day visit to Tianjin. This course will benefit students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the characteristics of Chinese politics, economy, culture and society.

The program will be hosted by Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing and Nankai University in Tianjin. There will be opportunities for in-class discussion with local students about the course topics. The group will be staying in residence at both universities with easy access to the classrooms and will have use of some campus facilities and services.

  • Beijing,China’s capital city, has history stretching back 3 millennia. Yet it’s known as much for its modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Nearby, the massive Tiananmen Square pedestrian plaza is the site of Mao Zedong’s mausoleum and the National Museum of China, displaying a vast collection of cultural relics.
  • Like it’s neighbor, Beijing, Tianjin is a metropolis in northern China and one of the five national central cities of the People’s Republic of China. Tianjin’s urban area is located along the Hai River, which connects to the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers via the Grand Canal in Tianjin. Tianjin was once home to foreign concessions in the late Qing Dynasty and early Kuomintang (KMT) era
  • Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB) traces its roots back to 1956 when the Ministry of National Education founded the Beijing Economics Institute. Students will stay at the original Hongmiao campus, located in the Chaoyang district, which is home to the School of International Education. This campus is a five-minute walk to Beijing’s Central Business District (CBD).
  • Nankai University is a public research university. Founded in 1919, it is one of the most prestigious universities in China and consistently ranked among the top universities in the country. Students will stay on the main Balitai campus with easy access to activities and attractions in Tianjin.

Program Trips and Activities

  • Welcome and farewell dinners in both Beijing and Tianjin
  • Trip to the Great Wall of China
  • City tours in Beijing and Tianjin

Accommodation and Meals

Students will be staying in a hotel accommodations, walking distance from the CUEB and Nankai campuses in shared rooms with shared bathroom facilities. The total cost of accommodation for this program is CAD$890.

There is no meal plan. Students have the option of purchasing meals in the university dining halls. Students should budget approximately CAD$400 for purchased meals.

Pre Departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues.

Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person Shanghai & Beijing PDO, which will take place on April 11, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Group Flight

No group flight is available for this program; students must make their own travel arrangements. Please note that if you choose to arrive earlier or leave later than the available dates for the accommodation option you have selected, you will be responsible for arranging your own housing for the extra day(s).

There is an bus from Beijing to Tianjin that will be booked by the University of Toronto; the cost of this transportation is included in your program fees.

Entry requirements

All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order.

Costs

The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 13, 2017
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due two weeks after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due March 27, 2017

Cost of Studying in China: Beijing & Tianjin

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $3,660 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $4,815 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $170 Estimate based on 2016 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees $485 Includes transportation and entrance fees
Airfare $1,113 Estimate – cost will depend on departure location and purchase date
Accommodation $890 Based on shared accommodation
Meals $400 Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals
Visa for China $145 Estimate
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $7,063 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $8,218 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.

• Summer Abroad Bursary (two awards at $3,000 each)