Elective Courses at Fudan University

BU’s Shanghai programs offer a growing range of elective courses for our students. Taught by Fudan University Professors as well as locally based professors and experts from many countries, these courses enhance students’ understanding of Chinese history, culture, economics, business, and society.  We work with the Fudan University School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) to offer these courses. Subject to the approval of BU faculty and school department, these courses may go towards fulfilling students’ major and minor requirements.

Courses taught by Chinese professors may be different in terms of their structure, organization, and style to courses that students are used to at BU or their home university. Learning with Chinese professors on a Chinese university campus provides students with valuable additional insights into Chinese society and culture.

QST MK 467: International Marketing Develops a critical appreciation of both the opportunities and challenges associated with the increasing globalization of markets. Students learn about the key environmental forces shaping the needs and preferences of the global consumer and the impact of foreign, political, and economic factors on the marketing mix. WU William
CAS HI 365/IR 371: Shanghai History The social, cultural, political, and economic history of Shanghai is used as a lens to understand the making of modern China.  Themes include the role of city’s colonial past in shaping its history.  Students visit significant historical sights and museums. ROTTMANN
Chinese Marketplace: Globalization and Local Transformations This course addresses major themes focusing on the dynamics of China’s unprecedented socioeconomic transformations. Topics include the implications of globalization for everyday life in local contexts, the rise of consumerism in contemporary China, and important state policies and various emerging markets. PAN Tianshu, ZHU Jianfeng
Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management in China This course introduces global sourcing and supply chain management in China. The course is structured to look at procurement and manufacturing, distribution and logistics, the information technology that supports the process, innovations in the supply chain that fuel China’s growth, as well as the integrated administration of the entire process. WANG Nathan
China into Contemporary Chinese Film This course is intended to offer insights into the political, social, and cultural changes in contemporary China and the impact of modernization and globalization on its cultural redefinition and identity reforming.  Using primarily a selection of films directed by the internationally acclaimed Chinese Fifth- and Sixth-Generation directors, the course focuses on developing critical thinking skills to appraise the cultural narratives of each selected film and the aesthetic presentation produced by each film director. ZHU Jianxin
Chinese Diplomacy This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to contemporary Chinese diplomacy and foreign policy, as well as their theoretical and historical background. This course also investigates the decision-making process of Chinese foreign policy; China‘s bilateral relations with major powers; China’s multilateral relations with its neighboring countries, developing countries, and international organizations. XIAO Jialing
Chinese Culture and Religion This course focuses on the sociological study of religion in Chinese societies, and the basic sociology of major religions in Chinese societies. The purpose of the course is to help students investigate different perspectives in understanding the significant role of Chinese religion in both the traditional and contemporary China, and develop intellectual dialogue and mutual understanding between China and the West. HU Anning
Chinese Society and Culture  Addresses the history of Shanghai in a national context, its renaissance as a global city as a result of state strategy from the 1990s onward, issues of urban planning and urban social space, and Chinese culture and religion. YU Hai and HU Anning
The Transitional Chinese Society China has become a country with a low population growth rate and the largest elderly population, while unprecedented economic reform has lifted China to the ranks of middle-income countries. This course not only introduces various demographic events and socio-economic reforms but also explores the linkages between population change and socio-economic development. SHEN Ke