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China and the Dynamics of Globalisation

Fudan University, Shanghai
2017-07-17 - 2017-07-28
Course Fee
11.500 CNY (incl. tuition fees + study materials + accommodation + social programme)
4 ECTS & Certificate of Attendance
Advanced Bachelor
Course description

The aim of the course ‘China and The Dynamics of Globalization’ is twofold. First, to give a multilevel analysis of globalization, connecting the economic to the political and cultural, and interrelating different local, regional, and global arenas, with China as the fascinating case study. The course will be focused on the global division of labor and power (migration, multiple diasporas), and the way people cope with globalization by researching globalization from below. Our emphasis will fall on the interaction between global structures and local outcomes and realities. An anthropological understanding of the dynamics of globalization is that what is often lacking in other disciplines, that is a concrete attentiveness to human agency, to the practices of everyday life, in short to myriad ways in which subjects mediate the process of globalization. This is stressed in the reader students have to study. Lectures will supplement the readings and focus on wider processes and theories of globalization.

This course discusses different theories and perspectives of globalization and its dynamics from an economic, social and cultural perspective. Students learn to understand that globalization is not a single unified phenomenon but a syndrome of processes, and will attempt to capture its ontology. Manifestations of globalization include the reorganization of production and cultural consumption.

Student profile/target group:

Students of social sciences, i.e. political science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, law, economics, business, but also sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in politics, culture, governance, commerce and sustainability. A general background in business or the social sciences is desirable, but no specific expertise is required.



Course Requirements

Students are expected to read all the listed materials and to be prepared to discuss them during classroom sessions. The instructor is available in office hours and by appointment. Details on the content and grading standards for the writing assignments will be distributed and discussed in class.


The THREE components of the grade are combined as follows:

  • Participation (presentation, attendance and in-class discussion) 20%
    • Student’s presentation 10%
    • Attendance & class participation 10%
  • Research paper, in-class presentation and final report 40%
    • Outline research paper & presentation research paper 20%
    • Research paper 80%
  • Examination 40%


A course reader will be distributed during the course

Course structure

see course schedule below

This course can be combined with

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China and Europe (Fudan University, July 3-14, 2017)

For more information

Required application documents

  • Fudan University Application Form
  • Passport Copy
  • Home University Transcripts
  • CV

Application deadline

1 June 2017

Course director / Lecturers

  • Pic Tak
    Dr. Herman Tak

    Dr. Herman Tak is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at University College Roosevelt. He earned his PhD. in Socio-cultural and Political Sciences at University of Amsterdam in 1994, and his M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Radboud University Nijmegen (1987). He did fieldwork in Italy into localism/campanilismo (Tuscany), popular religion (Molise), and ritual and change (Basilicata). The results of fieldwork and archival research were published in numerous articles and a book South Italian Festivals. A Local Study of Ritual and Change.  His main interests are historical anthropology, religious change, and political and socio-cultural transformations in Europe and their specific outcomes in local and regional contexts.

    Herman Tak is a honorary citizen of Italian town Calvello (PZ)

Course schedule
July 17, 2017

09.00-12.00 Lecture: Thinking Global

July 18, 2017

09.00-12.00 Lecture: Global Rise of China

13.00-15.00 Tutorial

July 19, 2017

09.00-12.00 Lecture: Factory of the World

13.00-15.00 Tutorial on Wednesdays’ materials

July 20, 2017

09.00-12.00 Lecture: Urbanism

13.00-15.00 Tutorial

July 21, 2017

09.00-12.00 Lecture: African Traders in Guangzhou

July 23, 2017

Excursion to Grassroots Community

July 24, 2017

09.00-12.00 Lecture: Chinese in Africa

13.00-15.00 Tutorial

July 25, 2017

09.00-12.00 Lecture: Ethnicity in China

13.00-15.00 Turorial

July 26, 2017

09.00-12.00 Lecture: Popular Culture in China

July 27, 2017

09.00-12.00 Lecture: Silk Roads

13.00-15.00 Presentation of Research Papers

July 28, 2017

09.00-12.00 Written exam

18.00-20.00 Farewell dinner and graduation ceremony

July 13, 2017

Arrival day

July 14, 2017

09.00-12.00 Welcome and orientation meeting

15.00-17.00 Campus tour with Fudan University student buddies

18.00-20.00 Welcome dinner

July 15, 2017

Shanghai City Tour

July 16, 2017

Excursion to Wuzhen Water Town


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