Question by Sophia: Should I take a Chinese Media class, Chinese International Relations class, or China Foreign Trade class?
So I’ve recently received a full scholarship to study at Fudan University in Shanghai for a month this summer. We have to choose two content courses. I am a freshman in college; Politics major, double minor in Economics and Chinese. I am interested in pursuing a graduate degree in International Relations. I intend on becoming a journalist, specifically a foreign correspondent, specializing in China. I am ethnically half Chinese half white and I speak Mandarin fluently.
Here are my loosely paraphrased course descriptions. I am equally interested in all, however, what is more beneficial to me? Which two courses have the most ECONOMIC, INTRINSIC VALUE to me.
REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT OF CHINA’S FOREIGN TRADE
This course involves writing a 1000-word paper and group presentation. It involves a lot of reading, mostly articles written by experts, scholars, and professors. It covers China’s foreign trade regime reform, RMB exchange, China’s freogin trade and economic performance, the political economy of China’s trade policy, and China’s overall economic performance.
CHINESE MEDIA AND POLITICS IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBALIZATION
This course requires students to propose a plan for researching one topic or case that he/she is interested. It also involves field trips and watching a documentary about the Media and the Revolution. Topics include media and international relations, media controls, media and the revolution, and media reforms.
HISTORY OF DIPLOMACY IN MODERN CHINA
This course is mostly lecture and reading, but we are supposed to keep updated on current events and watch a documentary about China’s diplomacy. This covers China’s diplomatic history since 1949, as well as China’s respective relations with the United States, European Union, Africa, Middle East, Russia, and Latin America.
Answer by We Never Left!!
Go with the History of Diplomacy. There are elements of the other two courses imbedded within it. Bear in mind, you are likely to get a very skewed viewpoint on the subject if you are studying IN China. However, it might provide a valuable perspective upon which you can build farther during your career.
What do you think? Answer below!