Syllabus The Instructor: Martin in 10 words The Students: 1-minute introductions Divide into two-person teams
Through an exploration of global issues, students will examine the interconnectedness of a global society, while learning to respect the diversity of international voices on contemporary issues. The role and impact of global citizenry will be examined through the works of writers, thinkers, artists, and scholars representing the four domains of natural science, social science, humanities, and the arts. Substantial attention will be given to the practical skills of written, verbal and visual communications.
Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language, by Deborah Fallows The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why, by Richard E. Nisbett China in Ten Words, by Yu Hua Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China by Peter Hessler
Lectures Guest speakers invited In-class practice and media sessions Out-of-class activities Plunkett lectures Local Chinese community events, field trip, etc Student-led discussions Final project and presentation
Language and arts History: selected periods Literature/poetry: major styles Major schools of thought Changing society and contemporary topics
密云 (MiYun, remote suburb of Beijing, spent childhood there ) 力学 (Mechanics, majored in Solid Mechanics at USTC, and worked for Inst of Mech/Chinese Acad. of Sciences for 5 years ) 美国 (MeiGuo = America the beautiful, pursued PhD, and now naturalized ) 建模 (JianMo = Modeling, majored in CAM [Computational Analysis & Modeling] and took data modeling as a career ) 梦亭 (MengTing = dream- pavilion my style name 字 became my American name ) Martin Mercer Macon Millrun Court 美术 (MeiShu = arts, I like to practice calligraphy, and even paint when I have time )
Name, hometown, etc Major, year to graduate Career plan or personal hobbies as related to a good understanding of China Knowledge (language/art/etc) and/or travel experience about China, and the world Things you want to learn in this course (one from the history and one contemporary)