Internship Seminar

These seminars are designed to complement and enhance the internship experience. Students will learn to reflect upon and critically examine their field work in order to show what their particular, concrete experience reveals about life in contemporary China.

Throughout the course each student will develop an independent research project that provides a theoretical framework and argument within which to analyze their internships.

Seminars will be divided into two sections.

The first part will focus on individual work place experience and research projects. Students will report on their work environment, their tasks and the structure and culture of their organizations.

In the first weeks we will work together to develop research topics, shape projects, discuss techniques for embedding empirical experience into theoretical discussions and determine research methodology.

From week 6 these discussions will shift focus and individual presentations will begin.

The second part of each seminar will be devoted to reading based discussions, focused on some of crucial issues (e.g. migration, sustainability, political reform, cyberculture etc..), which are shaping contemporary life in urban China.

Readings: McDonald, Juliette. (2007)  “Making the Most of Your Internship or Co-op Work Experience.”
Center for Work & Service, Wellesley College. (2008, Aug. 31). “Making the Most of Your Internship.” . 
Report: What is your organizations mission, goals, philosophy? Who does your organization serve? Who are its key stakeholders? What tasks or project are you being asked to perform. (Research your organization's website, brochures and any other public material).

Discussion: First Impressions: Shanghai in the 21st century.
Readings: Emily Prager: “Settling Down in a City in Motion”. New York Times. July 19 2007
James Fallows. “Postcards from Tomorrow Square.” Atlantic Monthly. December 2006.
Xiangming Chen. “Shanghai: The World’s Most Rapidly Globalizing City.”
Ian Brown. “Shanghai Surprise.” in Globe and Mail

Report: Formulating a project. What general themes arise from your work? What problem, issue or argument will guide your research? What is your planned methodology?

Discussion: The Emerging Middle Class
Readings: Jim Frederick. “Thriving in the Middle Kingdom.” Time Asia. November 11 2002.
Diana Farrell, Ulrich A. Gersch, and Elizabeth Stephenson “The value of China’s emerging middle class.” McKinsey Quarterly. June 2006.
Amy Hanser. Made in the PRC. China's Consumer Revolution. Current History. Volume 104

Report: Cross Cultural Communication: What are some of the issues in cross cultural communication arising from your fieldwork?

Discussion: Shanghai and the Culture of Globalization.
Readings: Jeffrey Wasserstom. “A Mickey Mouse Approach to Globalization. Yale Global Online.” June 16 2003.
Lynn Pan, “Prologue” and “Origins of an Urban Style” in Shanghai Style: Art and Design Between the Wars.
Kwame Anthony Appiah. “Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers” (excerpts)
Week-long Study Break: Friday, March 26th-Sunday, April 4th

Report: Understanding the political and social context of your organization.

Discussion: Civil Society and Political Reform
Readings: Jeff Wasserstrom. “NIMBY comes to China.” The Nation. January 18 2008.
Minxin Pei. “Is China's Transition Trapped and What Should
the West do about it?” Rule of Law in China: Chinese Law and Business
George J. Gilboy and Benjamin L. Read. “Political and Social Reform in China: Alive and Walking” Washington Quarterly. Summer 2008

Discussion: The Shanghai Bubble?
Yasheng Huang. What is Wrong with Shanghai? The Globalist.
Part 1:
Part 2:
Anna Greenspan. “Believe the hype?” in Asia Times Online.
Joshua Cooper Ramo. “The Shanghai Bubble,” Foreign Policy, No. 111 (Summer, 1998), pp. 64-75

Discussion: Cyberculture
James Fallows. “The Connection Has Been Reset” Atlantic Monthly. March 2008
Guobin Yang. “The Curious Case of Jia Junpeng, or The Power of Symbolic Appropriation in Chinese. Cyberspace”
Jack Linchuan Qiu. ”The Internet in China: Data and Issues." Working Paper Prepared for Annenberg Research Seminar on International Communication October 1, 2003

Discussion: Migration
Readings: Cindy Fan. “China on the Move: Migration, the State, and the Household.” (excerpts)
Lelslie Chang. “Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China” (excerpts)
William McNeill, “Cities and their Consequences,” The American Interest, Vol 2 No 4 (March/April 2007).

Discussion: Urban Sustainability in China
Readings: Wiliam McDonough “China as Green Lab” Harvard Business Review Volume 84, Issue 2
Wiliam McDonough “Cradle to Cradle” (excerpts)
Jerry Taylor. “Sustainable Development: A Model for China?” In China in the New Millenium edited by James Dorn.
Evan Osnos. "Green Giant" in New Yorker.

Discussion: Creative Shanghai
Michael Keane: Why China Wants Creativity.“ Australia Policy Online. 12 March 2009
Aric Chen. “The Next Cultural Revolution.” Fast Company. Dec 19. 2007.
Sky Canaves and Juliet Ye." Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Rebellion in China." Wall Street Journal Jan 22 2009