FDCA 205


Course Description  

The rise of China as a major player on the international stage over the past few decades has been breathtaking. This interdisciplinary course introduces students to some of the key challenges which face China today through the study and analysis of topics such as population, politics, geography, economics, culture and the environment.  

Contents & Topics  

Topics covered in the course include:

  • History
  • Law and human rights
  • Geography
  • Environment
  • Economics
  • Religion
  • Population
  • Education
  • Health
  • International security
  • Business
  • Hanification of minorities
  • Protest culture

Case studies presented and discussed in the course include Mao Zedong, China and Africa, CCP land grabs, China and the internet, Tibet, copyright and IP, the Three Gorges Dam, and Taiwan.

Goals and Objectives

The purpose of this course is to develop the skills needed to independently learn about and understand the nations of the world. With China as a giant case study,‚Ä®students will: analyze the impact of history, geography, economics, religion, politics, culture and language on nations; analyze challenges involving this dynamic nation with ancient roots; better understand the growing importance of China in international affairs and use these analytical skills to better understand any nation or region of the world.

Course Requirements  

This challenging yet rewarding two-credit blended learning course requires, at a minimum, six hours of work per week, including weekly face-to-face and online class participation, reading assignments, quizzes, written assignments, unit tests, a research paper, and a final project. Students will also read China Road, by Rob Gifford, and Contemporary China - An Introduction, by Michael Dillon. Access to a computer and the internet is also required for the course as the course calendar, assignment descriptions, online activities and the submission of all assignments are done via I-Learn.  

Course Prerequisites
  • Completion of Writing and Reasoning (FDENG 101) with a D- or higher
  • Completion of American Foundations (FDAMF 101) with a D- or higher
  • Completion of Foundations of Humanities (FDCA 101) with a D- or higher
Semesters Taught

Winter, Spring, Fall

Course Lead
Brian Felt

Brian Felt