UIS Programs: China/Korea/Japan

CAP 354: Spaces of Encounter in East Asia
Credit Hours: 3
Term Year: Spring 2013 Monday, Wednesday 2-3:15

This class takes as its theme intercultural exchange in East Asia from pre-modern times through the present. The class investigates the different ways that cultures have interacted historically—what happens when two cultures meet? This class also provides students a foundation in the traditions and modern transformations of China, Japan, and Korea, and opportunities for students to reflect on their own cross-cultural experiences. This course is an interdisciplinary, team-taught course that provides a foundation for understanding East Asia through the disciplinary lenses of history, economics, religion, art/architecture and anthropology. Further, the course incorporates understanding the symbolic and aesthetic values of East Asia at the intersection of the pre-modern and modern, as demonstrated in a variety of media, including poetry, travel writing, and architecture.

This class includes an optional study abroad opportunity to Beijing and Harbin, China, Seoul, Korea, and Ashikaga, Saitama, and Tokyo, Japan.

Tentative Travel Schedule
June 5th Wednesday
Depart for Beijing arriving on the 6th

June 7th and 8th Thursday/Friday
Two days of touring Beijing

June 8th Saturday
Depart for Harbin in the afternoon/evening

June 9th – 13th Sunday-Thursday
Classes and touring in Harbin (Heilongjiang University)

June 13th – evening Thursday
Depart for Seoul, Korea

June 14th – 20th Friday-Thursday
Classes and touring in Seoul (Sangmyung University)

June 20th – afternoon Thursday
Depart for Ashikaga, Japan

June 21th – June 24th Friday-Monday
Classes and touring in Ashikaga (Ashikaga Institute of Technology)

June 25th – afternoon Tuesday
Depart for Saitama, Japan (bus or train)

June 26th – June 28th Wednesday-Saturday
Classes and touring with Saitama University

June 30th Sunday
Depart for USA arriving the same day

Estimated Costs (exclusive of UIS tuition and student fees)

Airfare, Local Travel, Lodging and Meals $5475

Applications Deadlines for UIS Global Experience Programs for the summer of 2013:

  • March 15 – deadline is rolling and students are encouraged to submit as early as possible.