MA: International Studies-China (MAIS)

MAIS 501   Chinese Culture and Society   3 Units

This interdisciplinary course will provide insight into China’s contemporary culture and social issues by studying its geography, history, linguistics, socio-economic demographics, economics and politics, social system, and philosophy/religion. Examining a broad range of topics, the course will help students better understand the Chinese people, and the economic and social transformation that China is currently undergoing.

MAIS 502   Comparative Research Methods   3 Units

Students will acquire fundamental research skills that can be applied to an international context. These include case study, surveys, interviews, and other qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Students will also learn how to create a literature review, and subsequently, to utilize that knowledge to formulate a research plan. Data analysis will be introduced using StatPlus Software. An overview of APA Style and MAIS Thesis policies will be covered in this course.

MAIS 503   Ethnographic Research   3 Units

In this course, students will continue to progress through the research strand. They will have an opportunity to put into practice and take to the field the research skills learned in MAIS 502. In this course, students will explore contemporary economic, social, and political issues impacting China through replication studies that evaluate documented data and results from the course text (The Return of the God of Wealth: The Transition to a Market Economy in Urban China by Charlotte Ikels). This course will also provide exposure to a diverse array of viable topics for students to focus their own Masters Thesis on. Students will write a draft and submit their Thesis Proposal and contact potential Advisors.

MAIS 504   Data Analysis   3 Units

Students will submit IRB applications, collect survey data, and apply quantitative data analysis - with a focus on descriptive statistics and simple inferential statistics. Students will be required to build on their research from MAIS 503 by either utilizing data that was already gathered through the ethnography or collecting additional quantitative data sufficient to run analyses on. By the end of the semester, students will submit the first draft of their thesis which includes an Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Data Analysis, and Conclusions.

MAIS 510A   Mandarin A   1 Unit

This course is designed for students with no prior background/experience in Chinese language. It focuses on developing students' basic conversation skills in Mandarin Chinese, preparing them to communicate effectively during their stay in China. This course also introduces basic reading and writing in Chinese. Those with some prior Mandarin skills but not proficient enough to be waived out will register in the beginning-intermediate level course. The purpose of the course is to improve and enhance students' communication skills on listening, speaking, reading and writing. [Course may be waived if waiver criteria are met.].

MAIS 510B   Mandarin B   1 Unit

This course is designed for students with no prior background/experience in Chinese language. It focuses on developing students' basic conversation skills in Mandarin Chinese, preparing them to communicate effectively during their stay in China. This course also introduces basic reading and writing in Chinese. Those with some prior Mandarin skills but not proficient enough to be waived out will register in the beginning-intermediate level course. The purpose of the course is to improve and enhance students' communication skills on listening, speaking, reading and writing. [Course may be waived if placed out by testing.].

MAIS 511   Beginning - Intermediate Chinese Language   4 Units

The course is designed for students and professionals who are going to live and/or work in China. The purpose of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to improve their Mandarin language skills to a beginning to intermediate level. Class time focus will consist of approximately 50% listening & speaking and 50% reading & writing. The course will take place on the campus of our partner university in China. Students in the IB-Language & Internship option must register for this course in Fall in lieu of MAIS 592. Course waiver is not available.

MAIS 512   Intermediate - Advanced Chinese Language   4 Units

The course is designed for students and professionals who are going to live and/or work in China. The purpose of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to improve their Mandarin language skills to an intermediate to advanced level. Class time focus will consist of approximately 50% listening & speaking and 50% reading & writing. The course will take place on the campus of our partner university in China. Students in the IB-Language & Internship option must register for this course in Fall in lieu of MAIS 593. Course waiver is not available.

MAIS 520   Foundations of Chinese Education   3 Units

This course provides the context for understanding how education has evolved in China. Students will discover the methods of instruction most prevalent in China as compared to Western teaching methods. Furthermore, the cognitive, social, moral and psychological development of students in China will be examined, particularly in comparison to that of students in the US. Topics such as human learning, achievement, motivation, conduct and attitude will also be covered. This course prepares prospective teachers for the Chinese classroom experience.

MAIS 525   Environmental and Instructional Design   3 Units

This course focuses on the design of effective, appropriate, and positive classroom environments and instructional strategies for students from diverse backgrounds and learning modalities. Students in the course acquire skills in lesson planning, classroom management, and assessment. The frameworks that are utilized include, but are not limited to, backward planning, Vygotsky’s Scaffolded Learning, Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, and Bloom’s Taxonomy.

MAIS 527   Literacy and Language Acquisition   3 Units

The primary objective of this course is to familiarize students with factors (both micro and macro) that affect the acquiring of a language. Utilizing a framework that examines the intersection of language, culture, and cognition, students will study individual (micro) differences in language development and acquisition alongside pertinent external, cultural, political, and economic (macro) issues. Insight gained from this investigation will allow them to improve their instructional practice.

MAIS 528   Foundations of TESOL   3 Units

This course will include second language acquisition theories, methods, and techniques for the classroom, lesson planning, language assessment, and ethical considerations. It also gives students the opportunity to engage in team teaching with peer teachers-in-training. This includes delivery of lessons, along with peer and instructor feedback on those lessons. At the end, the classroom management plan, including the individual TESOL teaching philosophy, will be drafted. Students with existing TESOL/TEFL/CELTA or valid teaching credential can be opted out of this course based on professor evaluation. Students opted out must serve as teaching assistants for the course.

MAIS 530   Foundation of Chinese Business   3 Units

This seminar addresses world economic topics including globalization, emerging markets, supply and demand, comparative economic development, control and democratic regimes, and international trade. China’s emerging role as the world’s largest economy, based on its unprecedented economic and social transformation will be examined along with its integration into the community of trading partners. We discuss how China sees herself and her role in the world, as well as aspects of doing business in China.

MAIS 531   Global Economics and Enterprise   3 Units

This course presents an overview of the dynamics of the global marketplace with an emphasis on China. Topics include geopolitical influences on economic success; branding, positioning, promoting and selling in the Chinese marketplace; financing the foreign enterprise, intellectual property protection and logistics. Students will apply their knowledge of these theories to market analysis and business planning, analyzing the multiple internal and external factors that must be addressed for economic success of the multinational enterprise.

MAIS 533   International Management and Leadership   3 Units

In this course, students will study the inner workings of Chinese companies by examining them through the lenses of the mechanistic/bureaucratic perspective, the human relations perspective, the political perspective, the cultural perspective and the management perspective. These multiple perspectives along with original field research will provide the substance for projects in group leadership and business planning.

MAIS 540   Education and Arts in China   3 Units

Starting with a general survey of the history, sociology, and economics of international development in China, students develop an intimate understanding of best practices and approaches to NPO & NGO work in China. The knowledge and skills developed in this foundational course will prepare students for their practicum work in China.

MAIS 541   Social Change and Project Management   3 Units

Methodologies and strategies appropriate to diverse Chinese contexts, both urban and rural, are developed through practical and experiential implementations of development theories and research. Site visits to existing service project venues will be organized in collaboration with local NGO’s and NPO’s.

MAIS 542   Social Policy and Sustainability   3 Units

The International Development Concentration curriculum concludes with an investigation of strategies for creating enduring change that persists beyond the length of a given intervention or action, fostering local ownership, policy change and sustainable development. These require knowledge of meta-level factors and players as well as grass-roots, community-based mobilization and training paradigms.

MAIS 592   Teaching Practicum I   3 Units

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply and implement teaching principles, activities, strategies, and assessment techniques while teaching in a cross-cultural EFL classroom environment in China. It focuses on providing students with experiences as educational practitioners and then building upon these experiences in a reflective, collaborative, and action-oriented manner. Teaching experiences will be analyzed and assessed through classroom observations, lesson plans, reflective journaling, discussions on Blackboard, application of ideas learned through readings, practicum instructor evaluations, a teaching video, primary research in the school setting, and an onsite employer evaluation. Two times per semester, an instructor will attend and evaluate each students’ teaching performance.

MAIS 593   Teaching Practicum II   3 Units

This course provides students additional opportunity to apply and implement teaching principles and activities while teaching in a cross-cultural EFL classroom environment in China. It focuses on providing students with experiences as educational practitioners and then building upon these experiences in a reflective, collaborative, and action-oriented manner. Teaching experiences will be analyzed and assessed through practicum instructor teaching evaluations, lesson plans, reflective journaling, self-assessment and action plans to improve teaching, peer discussions, interactions with readings, a teaching video, primary research in the school setting, and an artistic piece representative of the teaching experience. Two times per semester, an instructor will attend and evaluate each students’ teaching performance.

MAIS 600   Thesis Writing   4 Units

Students will select or be assigned a faculty advisor and be engaged in completing their research project by editing and publishing a final research paper that will meet the professional standards of validity, reliability and credibility. Each MAIS 600 course includes a free extension (Summer+Fall; Spring+Summer) and is approximately 8 months in length. Students who do not file their Master’s Thesis at the end of the Summer/Fall term may repeat the Research Writing course one additional time in the Spring/Summer Term by re-registering for 4 additional units. Graduation Application Fee: $184.