China, Beijing (Peking University)

Humanism and Chinese Urbanization

when 18 July 2016 - 29 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1645

Technique and technology have dominated the urbanization drive since Reform and Opening Up (1978). Modernization and the lingering effects of the “Four Olds” have swept away regional urban forms and architecture as well as centuries-old ways of living in cities, in favour of a standardized, highly integrated yet individualized urban environment. Contemporary urban planning erases the concept of local belonging in favour of citizenship and individualism. The pressures of globalization have now brought new representational agendas that have absorbed public resources in favour of building a competitive image for the city, effectively distancing daily life from how we represent the city. In this ongoing transformation, we examine China’s urbanization through the lenses of community, culture and locality. How is community expressed and lived? How is urban culture supported, thwarted and re-invented in the context of the transformative practices of urban planning? How do local communities re-appropriate space and transform it to reflect the fundamental human needs for human scale, place, and cultural expression? A series of contemporary case studies from across China help us understand how humanism is resurgent in the context of urban policies that give it no role.

This course is taught at Peking University (Beijing,China) as part of the China Europe International Summer School (CEISS). CEISS is a collaboration between Fudan University (China), Peking University (China), Utrecht University (Netherlands), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy) and Edvance Education International (China), offering summer courses that explore the world's main economic, social and political trends and themes and the way they impact on the economies and societies of Europe and China.

This course can be combined with
- Dynamics of the Chinese Economy (Fudan University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Europe and China (Fudan University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- The Chinese Marketplace: Globalization and Local Transformation (Fudan University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- China, the US, Europe and the Rise of Asia: Ideas, Culture and Perceptions (Peking University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- Intellectual Property Law and Policy in China (Peking University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- Highlights of Law and Economics (Utrecht University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- European Cultures and Identities (Utrecht University, 4 - 15 July 2016)
- European Politics and Economy (Utrecht University, 4 - 15 July 2016)

Course leader

Dr. John Zacharias

Target group

Students of the social sciences, including economics and business, law, political sciences, regional studies, history, culture studies and sociology, the sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate level with an interest in culture, society and politics. A wide range of interests will help, but no specific expertise is required.

Fee info

EUR 1645: tuition fees + study materials + accommodation + social programme

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