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Consequences of the New Market Economy

Travel Study Program in Shanghai, June 20 - July 24, 2010

Nowhere on earth is the pace of change more breathtaking than in Shanghai. Anything seems possible in the world’s largest city of 25 million residents, which, in a decade, transformed farmland across the river from “old Shanghai” into the entirely new and globally oriented “second city” of Pudong. This is the second birth of international Shanghai, which was also the cosmopolitan center of East Asian commerce in the late 19th century – as is still evident today in the narrow streets of the British and French colonial concessions, interwoven with contemporary corporate skyscrapers. This dynamic and eclectic city is still presided over by the Communist Party of the People’s Republic, though in a manner very different from what Mao envisaged fifty years ago.

This program will explore the relationship between the old and the new in Shanghai, concentrating on the city’s booming economy, the role of the communist political system, and how the lives of the Shanghai-ese have changed since the opening to the market and the west a decade ago. Students will study both how globalization has been experienced in Shanghai region and the promise and perils of political, economic and social development as they have played out in one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Classroom sessions will be coupled with field trips around Shanghai. Short courses in survival Chinese will be available to all students on the program.

Students will come to understand how global conflict is managed and how the many forces of global society come together to influence policy decisions at the highest level. UCLA students are required to complete Global Studies 1, 100A, and 100B prior to the start of this program. Students from other schools should have taken substantial coursework on topics in globalization prior to participating in the program.

Scholarships: Merit-based scholarships of $1,000 from the UCLA International Institute are available for ten outstanding UCLA Global Studies Majors or Minors participating on a Global Studies summer program. Global Studies Majors/Minors must have a 3.50 overall GPA for their academic studies at UCLA. Students who are waitlisted for a Glbl St 110A/110B are not eligible to apply. All questions about the scholarship should be send to undergraduate@international.ucla.edu .

This program is directed by Theodore Huters, UCLA's Department of Asian Languagues and Cultures, and Yunxiang Yan, UCLA Department of Anthropology.

For more program information, please visit the Travel Study Program website.

Financial aid is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution.

For more info please contact:
International Education Office
(310) 825-4995
ieo@international.ucla.edu

Asia Institute