China: Beijing and Tianjin

Program Overview

CHINA: Beijing & Tianjin

Saturday, May 18 to Saturday, June 15, 2019 (4 weeks)

This will be the fourth 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.

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 market-oriented reforms on the lived experiences of the people in contemporary China. With a combination of classroom lectures and discussions, 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, including employment and gender, grassroots level democratic election, family organization and formation, social networking, poverty, social welfare, religion and the 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. The course addresses 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: None.
Breadth Requirement=3
Note: Can be counted toward programs in Contemporary Asian Studies at the University of Toronto.
SOC393Y0 – Course Outline

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

  • CAD$475, 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, ageing and elderly care, and sociology of families. His work primarily focuses on social change in China and well-being of older Chinese immigrants in Canada. His research has covered a variety of topics including Chinese “one-child” policy and fertility, China’s domestic adoption of children, welfare of childless elderly, economic and political participation of women, marriage and family dynamics, elder abuse, and intragroup dynamics among Chinese immigrants in Canada. 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, PhD (Toronto) is a Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. His scholarship focuses on the development of a knowledge base for human services in the global context, through active integration of theory, practice and research. He teaches direct practice courses in the MSW program and the course on epistemology and social work research in the Ph.D. program. He has been actively promoting social work and the development of human service programs in China since the 1980s. He founded the Faculty’s China Project in 1997, and has been the Director since. He is the founder of the SSLD (Strategies and Skills Learning and Development) System, which supports a wide range of human service applications in Canada and internationally. These applications cover personal, family, group, organizational, and community interventions.

Program Details

Saturday, May 18 to Saturday, June 15, 2019 (4 weeks)

This will be the fourth 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 neighbour, 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 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 CUEB and Nankai university residence halls in shared rooms with shared bathroom facilities. The total cost of accommodation for this program is CAD$605.

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 16, 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 1, 2019
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due one week after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due March 25, 2019

Cost of Studying in China: Beijing & Tianjin

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $3,900 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $5,055 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $176 Estimate based on 2018 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees $495 Includes transportation and entrance fees
Airfare $1,077 Estimate – cost will depend on departure location and purchase date
Accommodation $605 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 $6,998 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $8,153 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)

Information Session

TA detailed information session for the summer program in China: Beijing & Tianjin will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from instructors, Summer Abroad staff; and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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

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