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1 Hong Kong ~ Beijing Study Abroad 2012 Global Textiles and Apparel Industries (SMHM 4000) Course Syllabus Instructor: Dr. Dee K. Knight Office: Chilton 331 Phone: 940.565.3263 (US). Cell numbers for Hong Kong and China will be provided in country. Email: I will check email throughout the excursion. Course Description: Overview of textile and apparel industries with an emphasis on international issues and factors affecting processes from production to distribution of textiles and apparel, particularly in Hong Kong and China. Objectives of the course are to: 1. Develop an understanding of the broad economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of U.S. and global production and consumption. 2. Examine the competitive status of the U.S. textile and apparel sectors within the context of the global economy. 3. Investigate factors that influence supply and demand within the textile and apparel sectors, with an emphasis on implications for manufacturers, retailers, and consumers. 4. Analyze major global and national trends in U.S. and global textile and apparel production, consumption, and trade, as well their impact on market conditions. 5.Develop an understanding of the historical development of the textile apparel industries in relationship to economic, social, and political development. Instructor Availability You can contact me via email, telephone or by appointment to discuss any of your questions pre- and post departure. Once we are in-country, we will be together almost every day, and you will be able to reach me 24/7 via cell phone to discuss your questions or concerns. I will provide my in-country numbers (they will be different in Hong Kong and China) to you as soon as we arrive. Textbook: Students will receive a list of readings in lieu of a textbook. Please see Assignment related to these readings, which is due prior to our departure. When we travel together, it is particularly important that we understand any special health issues, food restrictions, allergies, or other concerns of which we should be aware to make the program more comfortable for you. We can accommodate your needs when we understand them. If you take medication, please take it in the original container, and get a copy of your prescription to take with you. If you have a condition for which you sometimes need medication, please take the medication with you. In China, it may not be easy to see a doctor, and we will be there for several days. Even over-the- counter medications present enormous challenges, so please take those that you use even occasionally in the U.S.

2 Misconduct/Academic Dishonesty: Student misconduct, including academic dishonesty, will be penalized by failure on that assignment and may be subject to University of North Texas disciplinary procedures. See the UNT Student Handbook. Academic dishonesty includes use of any unauthorized assistance when completing assignments; falsifying assignments, dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor; or the acquisition of materials belonging to a faculty member. Plagiarism includes the paraphrase or direct quotation of published or unpublished works without full and clear acknowledgment of the author/source. Course Performance Assessments Participation: Businesses sometimes must change schedules or we must make alternative plans due to weather and other reasons—be prepared to be flexible. In a professional environment, attendance and punctuality are expected and are particularly important in a learning and living community, such as a study abroad program. It is critical that you are prompt and prepared for departures so that we can arrive as scheduled for at our Appointments. Please understand that we cannot wait for late students. Students are expected to arrive prior to the departure time in the designated area, dressed appropriately, with enough value on their MTR card for the activities of the day. If you miss departure, you are not allowed to “get there on your own” and participate in the appointment. Missing an activity and/or being late will seriously impact your grades in this program It is the responsibility of each student to safeguard his or her own health and well-being in order to be engaged during all academic activities. Being engaged means that you are actively listening, asking relevant questions, and giving the speaker your complete attention. Students are expected to actively participate in all course activities, appointments, social and cultural activities, and other events planned for the group. Professors, tour guides, or speakers often deliver lecturettes during “drive time.” This is not a time for napping. During industry tours it is sometimes difficult to hear. Therefore, it is important that you “keep pace” with your group and move closer to the speaker so those behind you can hear. Taking notes is essential as it provides needed information for your course assignments. Participation comprises a high percentage of your study abroad grade. This learning environment may be the most exciting and intellectually stimulating you have yet experienced. It is important to present yourself (dress and behavior) appropriately at all times. You are representing not only yourself, but also your family, your university, and your country. Attendance at the pre-departure class meetings and the final orientation are required and points are attached to attendance.

3 Assignments Readings: Students will receive a packets of required readings to prepare them for their study abroad experience. A half- page, single spaced summary of what you learned from each reading must be submitted to by Sunday, May 13, 2012. The name of the article, author, date, and name of publication should appear before each learning summary. Please include a title page and save your assignment as (Your last name) Readings. Experiential Exercises: (See Appendices for details) Experiential exercises are completed in teams and will be completed while we are in Hong Kong. You will complete the exercises and submit a “draft” of your merchandising experiential assignments at your team meeting on Sunday, May 20 (see schedule). However, your computer-generated reports will not be due until Friday, June 8, at 5 pm after we return to the U.S. Of course, correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation are expected in all work. NOTE: All assignments should include a cover sheet with the name of your team and the names of each member of your team. The assignments should be submitted to Illustrated Journal : (See Appendices for details) Each student will create an illustrated (photograph) journal of her/his Hong Kong/Beijing Study Abroad Experience. To facilitate this project, you will need to purchase a notebook(s) or journal to record all activities (e.g., welcome and farewell dinners, what you learned at appointments, Hong Kong and China retail encounters, cultural experiences, and reflections on professional and personal development). Record your thoughts “as you go” or you may find that you cannot keep all the information as clearly delineated as you would like. You will find it useful to be prepared with a small notebook(s) and pens as we attend executive briefings, visit factories, and other events. The purposes of the assignment are to (a) demonstrate your understanding of the merchandising process in an international context, (b) give evidence of your understanding of the retail merchandising practices in Hong Kong and China, c) illustrate your perspective of the cultures and people of Hong Kong and China, and (d) reflect on your study abroad experience. Secondary purposes are to provide contact information for future networking and job searches and a tangible reminder of your Hong Kong ~ China experience.

4 DescriptionPossible Points Final Orientation Meeting – May 6 – Chilton 387200 Post-travel meeting May 31 at 5 pm75 points Readings (Due May 13 – before we leave)75 points Active participation in scheduled professional appointments, cultural events, social activities (Includes appropriate dress, behavior, punctuality) 600 Assignments Experiential Exercises (2) 75 points each Draft due Sunday, May 20 in Hong Kong Final Copy due Friday, June 8 in BlackBoard 150 (75 each) Photo Journal (demonstrates students’ understanding of course materials, readings, briefings, tours, and assignments). Due Friday, June 11 in BlackBoard. 500 CD with images of students and study abroad activities suitable for presentations and promotional pieces to promote program. 50 TOTAL 90% = A 80% = B 70% = C 60% = D Below 60% = F 1,650 Course Performance Assessment

5 APPENDIX I Experiential Exercises Experiential Exercise I Experiential exercises are to be completed as teams. In other words, students should visit each site together and determine their responses while “on site.” Take notes so that you can compile the draft for the “in-country” due date. Only students who actually visit each site and participate in developing the papers will receive credit for the assignments. For this EE, students will visit three malls (Harbour City, Festival Walk, and Pacific Place). For each of these malls, you will complete the matrix provided. Harbour City Mall (MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Red Line) This shopping-center complex is one of the largest in Asia and boasts more than 700 shops and 50 restaurants. Festival Walk (MTR: Kowloon Tong Station on Green Line) Festival Walk adheres to Feng Shui principles. Pacific Place (MTR: Admiralty on Blue Line) In addition to shopping, this shopping center offers sushi, Starbucks, Dan Ryan’s, Peking Garden, and Thai Basil to satisfy your appetite. Please evaluate each shopping venue on these criteria: (1) what differentiates each mall from the others, (2) describe the tenant mix of each and determine the major differences among the three, (3) observe people in each mall and describe how they are the same or different, (4) visit two stores in each mall and describe your experience in each, (5) describe the similarities and differences in these malls and major U.S. malls. (75 points) Experiential Exercise II As a team visit the Soho shopping district. Soho is home to unique specialty shops, art galleries, antique shops, places to eat, night life, and the Central-Mid-Levels escalator, which was built in 1993. This is a great place to capture the richness of Hong Kong. Please walk along Hollywood Road, Staunton Street, and Elgin as you explore this area. During this excursion, identify two unique shopping experiences that you would recommend to others. In the summary of your experience, provide the name and location of the shop, types of merchandise (e.g., jewelry, tea, chopsticks), the relative size of the shop, details of your experience, and why you would suggest that others visit this shop. (75 points) A draft of your experiential assignment is due to me on Sunday, May 20 by 5 pm. Please send the final paper to me as an attachment in Blackboard email by Friday, June 8 at 5 pm.

6 MTR Map Red arrows indicate MTR statin for Experiential Exercises.

7 APPENDIX II SMHM 4660/5660 ILLIUSTRATED JOURNAL 1.The purposes of the Illustrated Journal assignment are to: a. Demonstrate your understanding of the merchandising process in an international context. b. Describe the functions of the apparel supply chain. b. Demonstrate your understanding of merchandising practices in Hong Kong stores. c. Illustrate your perspective of the cultures and people of Hong Kong and China. d. Reflect on your professional development through your experiences in Hong Kong and China. There should be four (4) distinct sections of your Illustrated Journal: I. Professional Appointments: Entries should include, but are not limited to the following: executive briefings, business/social events (welcome and farewell dinners, etc.), factory tours, and other appropriate activities should be included. Entries should include (as appropriate): Names, titles, company, date (I will send a list of information obtained from business cards upon our return to the U.S.) Photographs (e.g., the best shots are not “staged” and include students or people). Small groups engaged in activities are excellent, as are students interacting with business men, Chinese students, etc. Have someone take your picture so you are included. U.S. consulate (narrative only as photographs are not allowed) Narrative relating your learning experience to the textile and apparel industries. References to your readings with proper citation where appropriate. II. Retail Industry: Include photographs of the outside of businesses where you conducted experiential exercises (retailers do not allow photographs inside stores), night markets (with you haggling), other interesting places (e.g., jade market, ladies market) where you shopped. Who is shopping at these venues? Do you see local consumers? Tourists only? Be observers as well as consumers. III. Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese Cultural Experiences: Culture activities - organized and on your own. Give a brief description of what you saw. Differentiate between cultural activities in Hong Kong and mainland China. Your own experiences - Take every opportunity to engage people in conversation (e.g., when you eat, in the MTR, wherever you are—ask to have your photograph taken with a child). Document interesting experiences. Take advantage of every opportunity to enrich and individualize your experience. Remember your journal will be a remembrance of your experience. Include photographs that exemplify the Chinese culture. Enter the photo in the Study Abroad Contest—we have had multiple winners from our program! The next one could be you!!!

8 IV.Professional development: Reflect on your own study abroad experience and describe how you have (or have not) grown personally and professionally. Identify your most valuable learning experiences. General Guidelines: Always ask permission before taking a photographs of a person or inside a company. As a general rule, I will ask permission for photographs for our group during professional appointments. Some companies do not allow photographs inside facilities or of products that are “in-work” because of the proprietary nature of their business. Please honor requests by our hosts. If photographs are not allowed inside, we will take photographs with our hosts outside by signage. Include a CD of photographs you take of professional appointments, cultural activities, retail markets, etc. The Illustrated Journal should be bound and submitted along with the CD no later than Friday, June 22 at 5 pm as an attachment in Blackboard email. Late assignments will not be accepted.

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