Why CET Beijing?
Make the most of your semester in China by taking in-person, English-taught classes that let you select coursework consistent with your major and satisfy distribution requirements at your university. And because this program is pre-approved by your school, you have the opportunity to stay on track to graduate, take on engaging academics, and connect with a cohort of peers from your own university and students from other top-tier US institutions.
You enroll in a combination of courses to meet a total of 12 to 15 recommended credits. Choose from CET courses, CNU courses, and–if your school provides the option–online courses with your home institution.
These courses are conducted in English using US-style teaching methods. Each of the following courses is worth 3 credits and 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted. Course syllabi will be available through your online CET account.
Courses listed with an asterisk are currently being offered during the Fall 2020 semester, and will be listed among the Spring 2021 course options.
This course focuses on the opportunities and challenges of organizational management and business strategy in a global context. The course is designed to be a challenging advanced management course for the undergraduate business student.
Students will be provided a general overview of the process of internationalization in contemporary business, along with an overview of theories, concepts and skills relevant to effective management in the modern global environment. The course covers a wide range of cross-cultural topics such as: the building blocks of national cultures, problems of cross-cultural communication, the role of culture in managing organizational change, and strategies for overall organizational success in the global business context.
Participants will be challenged to integrate knowledge from previous business core courses and apply their knowledge to specific case studies. The course provides an intellectual and experiential forum for developing the interpersonal-intercultural communication and interaction skills necessary for international managers.
This course examines the ethical dilemmas and problems that arise in business contexts, and outlines ethical standards and principles that apply in business and commerce.
Students will have the opportunity to analyze and discuss a wide range of ethical issues that confront individual managers and corporations. Instruction is based on the case method. Topics include corporate responsibility and conflict of interest, the corporation and its stakeholders, organizational ethics, global business responsibilities, sustainable development, consumer protection, and achieving diversity in the workforce.
Students will gain familiarity with a theoretical approach to business ethics, develop critical skills in analyzing public business ethical controversies, and learn to apply complex moral concepts to concrete business cases. The goal of the course is to develop and deepen the student’s understanding of business ethics in the context of society as a whole, the importance of moral character in business, and the positive effects that ethical business practices bring to society.
This course offers an introductory overview of marketing, including the strategic marketing process, seeking marketing opportunities through environmental analysis, consumer and organizational buying behavior, market segmentation and target market selection, pricing, integrated marketing communications and marketing channels. The ethics and social responsibility of marketing will also be covered.
The course is designed to help students learn about and apply the basic concepts and practices of modern marketing as they are used in a variety of business settings. The course makes extensive use of real-world case examples and skill developing activities to explore the major decisions that marketing managers face in their efforts to balance the organization’s objectives and resources against needs and opportunities in the marketplace.
Regardless of academic background or career interest, Marketing Management should help the student by providing valuable knowledge and insight about a business function that profoundly affects both organizations and society as whole.
This course examines the concepts and processes in the practice of intercultural communication. In an era of globalization, the ability to communicate across cultures has become a necessity in virtually every domain.
The course will provide a comprehensive overview of general cross-cultural communication principles, but for convenience sake many of the illustrative examples and specific points of focus in the curriculum will involve Chinese-Western comparisons. The course is designed to prepare undergraduate students for careers as international professionals by focusing on the cross-cultural factors that influence communication in domains such as business, academia, travel, diplomacy, and technology exchange.
During the course, we will analyze the barriers for successful communication, including cultural differences and how a communication style can be developed to provide more successful intercultural encounters. The course participants will engage in many simulated cross-cultural scenarios, so as to gain practical experience relevant to working with people from a variety of different backgrounds.
This course helps students build the proficiency needed to succeed in today’s technologically enhanced workplace by focusing on the development of professional written communication capabilities.
Students will develop and hone skills in the various written formats most common in the information environment, including, email, formal and informal documents, Powerpoint presentations, and research summaries. Emphasis will be placed on principles of clarity, logical structure, appropriate formatting and style.
Students will also develop skills in basic employment-related formats such as resume writing, job applications, self-introductions, self-evaluations, and statements of purpose. Throughout the course, students will study professional and technical writing from both academic and business perspectives. Students will practice producing documents in the various genres common in professional and technical writing as they develop an awareness of the conventions and styles of each domain.
As political, economic and social integration of China and Western cultures increases in the 21st century, it is increasingly vital that we attempt to attain a greater mutual understanding between East and West. One path to this goal is to make a comparative study of Chinese and Western core concepts, taking advantage of the growing body of ethnological, sociological and psychological evidence for cultural differences.
This course attempts to present a contrastive analysis of the defining concepts of Chinese and Western culture through the lens of different academic disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, language, semiotics cognitive science, and cross-cultural psychology. The approach is interdisciplinary and comparative, leading students to explore central concepts in Chinese and Western philosophy, values, interpersonal relationships, communication patterns, thinking and behavioral norms.
Emphasis will be on specific examples of various cultural phenomena, and will draw on both scientific research and illustrative informal data in order to generate classroom discussion and open analysis.
This course uses a blend of approaches from the humanities and social sciences to introduce the histories, societies, and cultures of East Asia. Its goal is to build a broad understanding of the modern historical development of China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Students first study the premodern legacies that shaped each of these civilizations and intertwined their societies. Then the course will turn to the crises of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the quests for resolution, and the pursuit of national identities in a rapidly emerging and often violent modern world order. Sources for study are primary historical sources, fiction, and memoirs along with academic readings. Historical themes include imperial domination and revolutionary resistance, nationalism, communism, democracy, feminism, and the wars of the 20th century (WWI, WWII, and the Cold
War). In addition, students analyze the role of historical memory in relation to topics such as comfort women, Nanjing, and Hiroshima. At least one field class allows students to interpret a course topic within the local context.
Economics is the study of the use of scarce resources to satisfy human needs and wants. The goal of this course is to recognize the scarcity, choice and tradeoffs that exist everywhere, to develop a set of tools to conceptualize this, and to apply these tools to understand human actions. In doing so, students learn to pay close attention to current economic events. Through this course, we will recognize that the world and the economy are very complex and will try to simplify just the right amount to help deepen our understanding.
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the essential research and writing tasks common to most academic contexts. This course will provide key techniques, guidelines and suggestions to improve students’ academic written communication.
Students will become familiar with various academic formats and styles, with particular focus on designing and implementing an academic research project. After completing the course, participants should possess a basic repertoire of research and writing skills such as: summarizing and paraphrasing; drawing evidence from the scholarship of others; finding and evaluating print and electronic source materials appropriate for academic research projects; developing original arguments to support a thesis; critically evaluating their own and others’ work, and; collaborating with other writers throughout the writing process. The course will be task-based, and will require a series of brief, self-designed research papers to practice the required techniques of different academic formats.
The global environmental crisis is the planet’s biggest existential threat, and will have an incalculable impact on all societies and economies. For students interested in environmental policy, social impact, entrepreneurship, risk management and sustainability, this course will provide a foundational understanding of the environmental policy decisions that will shape their future careers.
With a focus on US-China cooperation, the course will provide case studies of specific international accords and local regulations, as well as the latest scientific and technological advances. Upon completion of the course, students should have a grasp of such questions as how to determine the biggest environmental threats and opportunities, how to measure effectiveness of policy and business decisions, and how to conduct thoughtful, inclusive analysis.
The curriculum will also include site visits in Beijing, and guest lectures from local environmental experts.
This course provides an introduction to major issues, theories, and methods in film studies involving Chinese and American cinema. The course is organized around a series of “keywords,” comprising a living vocabulary of culture, power, and social change. Important keywords include “identity,” “nationhood,” and “globalization.”
Through these and related terms, we will analyze the construction of class, gender, politics and other relationships of power central to U.S. and Chinese society.
Course materials are interdisciplinary and, in addition to film, will also include history, cultural studies, fiction, and popular culture. Assignments include reading, writing, discussion, and a field trip exploring public memory at the China National Film Museum in Beijing.
Students will analyze similarities and differences between films produced in Hollywood and Beijing, gaining a transnational understanding of film studies and a critical perspective on Chinese and American film traditions. The course also has a strong cultural focus, highlighting the differences in history, economy, social structure and values systems in the two countries, as seen through the prism of cinema.
This course covers American history from the end of the Second World War to the present time. Topics to be covered include the Cold War with the Soviet Union, wars in Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East, the 60s civil rights movement, the rise of religious conservatism, globalization, multiculturalism, and the “culture wars” that continue to rock the country to this day.
The post-war period was a time of enormous change in American society, seeing monumental shifts in economics, politics, race relations, gender roles, and other areas. American society during the last half of the twentieth century experienced a great deal of both dissent and consensus. Yet longstanding questions continued to face Americans during the last half of the twentieth century. How democratic is the American system? Who in American society has the power to effect change? What role should the government play in American life?
The course aims to paint a broad picture of post-WWII America, including a diversity of voices and perspectives. While providing a useful overall perspective for analyzing American culture, the course also will attempt to challenge the notion that there is one unified American story.
This course traces the history of America from the mid-nineteenth century to the present through the lens of popular culture. The course will explore the social and cultural contexts in which influential forms of popular culture emerged, with particular attention to popular magazines, film, music and television.
The satire in political cartoons of the late 1800s, class consciousness manifested in Charlie Chaplin films, the expression of African-American culture in jazz and blues music, post-war disenchantment of Kerouac and the beat poets, social upheaval and the rise of rock music, and the rampant commercialism of television – all reflect the changing American social landscape, and reveal how popular cultural forms have impacted the political and social landscape. Popular culture in America has always been both a reflection of the society and a powerful influence upon it.
This course will evaluate the ways in which popular American culture has been a force to promote the dominant culture, as well as a subversive pressure to contest it.
The United States and China are two of the most powerful countries in the world, and their relationship is arguably one of the most important bilateral relationships. Negotiating this relationship has enormous consequences for the future of the international order. The purpose of this course is to help students to understand the relations between China and the United States, from the First Opium War to the current trade wars.
The course will familiarize students with the history and the current issues of Sino-US relations, and provide the background knowledge to critically understand and analyze Sino-US relations through conceptual and theoretical perspectives. Through analysis of historical bilateral interactions, the course will look into the grand strategic rivalry between China and the United States caused by China’s rise and the reactions of the US government.
Finally, the course attempts to develop students’ ability to understand the broader issues of international relations in the 21st century, such as international conflicts, cooperation, war and peace, and global governance.
Ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax stated, “As we live, so do we sing.” Those words have never been more applicable to Americans after World War II. This course examines the historical significance of popular music in the United States from the mid twentieth century to the present. We will examine a variety of musical genres ranging from the blues, rhythm and blues, country, folk, soul, rock, disco, and hip-hop. As we examine the various genres, we will need to identify some of the individuals who were instrumental in shaping the landscape of what became American popular music. Such figures as Woody Guthrie, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Buddy Holly, Robert Johnson, Ma Rainey, Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bruce Springsteen, Lauryn Hill, Tracy Chapman, and Jay-Z and many others. All of these individuals helped to shape and define the American popular music scene. All of the musical innovations and opportunities experienced by them are tempered by social, political, economic and religious variables.
This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to general theories and methods related to cross-cultural psychology. Given the context of the course, the topics and reading materials will concentrate on issues of Chinese psychology in comparison and contrast with psychological phenomena of cultures outside of China.
Readings and method will draw upon significant cross-cultural psychological research found in sources such as Richard Nisbett’s The Geography of Thought and Michael Harris Bond’s The Psychology of the Chinese People. In addition, the course will emphasize empirical approaches to cross-cultural study and explain the importance of culture in human cognition, language, education and child development.
Through comparative studies of Eastern and Western psychological data, students will gain an understanding of interconnectedness, difference, and diversity in a global society, and learn how to analyze the major cultural influences on human behavior, describe quantitative and qualitative methods for cross-cultural research, summarize how culture influences thinking and mental processes, explain the differences between collectivistic and individualistic cultures, and understand the relevance of knowledge of diverse cultures to cross-cultural interactions.
Capital Normal University (CNU) Courses
You can also choose to take courses with Capital Normal University. These courses meet for 45 contact hours and are instructed by CNU faculty in either English or Chinese.
This course is instructed in Chinese and Japanese
The textbooks used in this course are the first and second volumes of the “New Standard Japanese”. The content of the textbook is topically-based, with each unit corresponding to a specific topic. The characters and storylines between units are also contiguous. Each lesson is divided into basic reading text and interactive text/exercises. The basic texts highlight key sentence patterns and grammatical structures, and the interactive text offers applied dialogues and prompts. The content of the first semester is the first, second and third units. Students are expected to master Japanese pronunciation and intonation, basic vocabulary, and some basic grammatical concepts and sentence patterns. In addition, students learn the cultural knowledge of Japanese language habits, customs and social conditions. See the syllabus.
This course is instructed in Chinese and Japanese.
This ‘elementary high’, 150-level Japanese course follows the 100-level course offered for Fall 2020 ISP Beijing students. The course continues to use the first and second volumes of the “New Standard Japanese” textbook, and builds on the foundational gains made by 100-level students this fall. This course is open to continuing students who completed the 100-level course with CNU this fall, and to new students with equivalent Japanese language proficiency.
This course is instructed in Chinese
Through analysis of ancient literary works and the examination of theoretical perspectives, students will study the relationship between Chinese literature and culture. Specifically, students will gain an understanding of the special significance of Chinese literature to the formation of Chinese culture. Students will also study the unique functions of poetic structure and symbolism in ancient Chinese literature and culture-building. See the syllabus.
Select universities have options for enrolling in online coursework that complements the in-person coursework offered at CET and Capital Normal University. Online courses are administered by US universities, and are not included in the CET Beijing program transcript. Please check with your university for more information.
You and your classmates (other international students unable to take in-person classes in the US) participate in seminar-style classes with active discussions and assignments that encourage analysis and critical thinking. And because these courses fulfill credits at your home school, you can take in-person classes in China, strengthen your English proficiency, and stay on track to graduate on time.
Beyond the Classroom
HOUSING & ACTIVITIES
Your semester starts off with a three-day orientation to help you get settled for the semester. Two days are dedicated to student introductions, cohort-building, and an overview of CET policies on academics, student conduct, and health and safety. The third day focuses on campus resources and student registration.
Connecting on Campus
You might not be at your home university, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the social aspects of on-campus life. The program offers many opportunities and resources for you and your cohort (students from your home institution, alongside those of other US universities) to get acquainted. Take classes together this fall, and when US schools are once again open for in-person learning, return to campus with both academic credits and new friends.
Who is CET?
CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization that has been developing and operating innovative educational programs abroad since 1982. Originally “China Educational Tours,” CET began operations in Beijing, later expanding to other locations around the world. Today, CET offers a varied portfolio of semester, summer, and customized programs around the world for college, high school, pre-college, and gap year students.
Your CET courses are taught by passionate instructors with experience studying or teaching (or both!) abroad. Faculty are selected and trained by the program’s academic director, and have instructed US university students for CET over multiple terms.
Director of China Programs
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
We arrange for you to live in an on-campus dormitory. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs.
From pre-program preparation to orientation, and on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.
The extra-curricular activities that we arrange are included in your program fee.
Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.
- Start an application with your home university.
This is generally done through the study abroad office, though it may differ from school to school.
- Click “Enroll Now” below to open your CET online account.
In the online portal, complete the forms and submit required materials.
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