St Andrews, United Kingdom

A Century of Chinese Cultural Innovation

blended course
when 30 May 2022 - 8 July 2022
language English
duration 6 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee GBP 5000

The University of St Andrews is steeped in tradition and known for its global outlook, ranked first in the UK by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2022. This new Global Summer School gives undergraduate students from around the world the opportunity to explore different disciplines and earn academic credit.

Choose two accredited courses (i.e. modules) from our unique programme to expand your academic horizons and take home up to 10 ECTS/6 US credits total.

The modules are designed by our expert academics to introduce you to new academic perspectives, approaches and skills, so no prior subject knowledge is required. As a bonus, you also have the option to complete the University of St Andrews Professional Skills Award, endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management. Our programme of excursions will immerse you in the cultural heritage of the local area and landscapes.

Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June 2022: Online introduction to the programme and pre-reading
Monday 6 June – Saturday 2 July 2022: In-person classes in St Andrews (accommodation included)
Saturday 2 July – Friday 8 July 2022: Online, time to complete coursework

What this module is about:

A hundred years ago, the Chinese nation-state was a fledging enterprise. A century later, having navigated the twentieth century in various forms, China, in terms of culture, economy and creativity, is a structured albeit troubled reality. In this module you will be introduced to different facets of China's official and alternative cultural creativity in its socio-political context, from the 1920s to the recent Tik-Tok generation. Musical and visual cultural texts will be employed throughout the module.

This module can be combined with one of the following modules
• Scotland’s History: Kingdom, Nation, People
• The Art of the Medical Practitioner

Curricular information may be subject to change.

Course leader

Chinese Studies, University of St Andrews

Target group

Undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.2 or above.

Course aim

Students will:

• Contextualise key elements of Chinese cultural creativity from the 1920s to the present
• Evaluate and analyse different forms of cultural creativity
• Demonstrate confidence in communicating ideas and interpretations
• Participate effectively in group discussions and written assignments

Credits info

5 EC
Each module is worth 10 Scottish credits (SCQF) credits each, which is equivalent to 100 hours of work (roughly 1/3 contact hours and 2/3 self-directed study). You will complete work for graded assessment and receive a University of St Andrews transcript and certificate.

10 SCQF is equivalent to 5 ECTS or 2.5-3 US credits. 2 modules will earn you 20 SCQF (10 ECTS or 5-6 US credits). Please check with your home institution about credit transfer arrangements.

Fee info

GBP 5000: The course fee is £5,000. The fee covers:

• Tuition on two modules, for credit
• Access to the University of St Andrews Professional Skills Curriculum
• From Saturday 4 June to Saturday 2 July 2022: accommodation in our residences, en-suite in shared five-person apartments (sharing with other Summer School students)
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (except Friday evening to Sunday, when you will get breakfast and can use the self-catered kitchens for other meals on those days)
• An extracurricular programme of excursions, cultural and social activities
• Sports Centre membership for the duration of the summer school
• Access to University services as a registered student of St Andrews, including the Library, IT Services, Student Services

The fee does not include airfare.