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Course Coral Reef Ecosystems

Key organisms and processes, and the complexity of coral reef ecosystems. Students explore the Great Barrier Reef from the southern end which demonstrates the physical factors that limit coral reefs, to the northern reef systems which demonstrate key aspects of these high biodiversity ecosystems. Human-related changes. Emphasis is on research experiences and development of analytical skills. Two units only counted for the Biology major.

Course Coastal Forest Ecosystems

Prehistory of Australian rainforest and how rainforest structure and biodiversity change with altitude, latitude, and geology. Tropical coastal marine wetlands, mangrove forests, and the relationship between land- and sea-based biota. Biology and ecology of marine plants, mangroves, and tropical salt marsh. Introduction to specialized fields of marine plant biology and ecology including biogeography and evolution, aquatic plant ecophysiology, water quality and bioindicator techniques, pollution and eutrophication, and environmental control of marine plant distribution and productivity.

Course Art Scene of Beijing

Contemporary art in China. Analysis of artwork in the context of Chinese history, culture, society and politics, developing visual literacy and critical thinking in the study of key artists and artistic trends. Key questions: How is contemporary Chinese art related to history and culture of China? How are traditional elements turned into contemporary forms? How is contemporary Chinese art influenced by international trends such as conceptualism and postmodernism? How do artists address social and political issues and struggle with censorship?

Course Chinese Film Studies

Stages of Chinese cinema from the establishment of P.R. China in 1949 to the present. State policies, filmmaking trends, representative filmmakers and films, and the state of the industry in the different periods, with close readings of some important films. Historical perspective and broad knowledge of Chinese cinema; academic approaches to film studies.

Course Communication, Culture, and Society: The Chinese Way

How people communicate, what they achieve through their communications, and the social and cultural consequences of these communicative behaviors. Focus on the interactive relationship between communication, culture and society in China. How communication habits are influenced by the individual¿s culture and how communication acts help to change and transform the society in which we live.

Course Chinese Society and Business Culture

Key features of Chinese society and their applications to Chinese business culture from a sociological perspective. Structural differences between Chinese and U.S. societies and their social, economic, and cultural implications. Emerging patterns in areas such as retailing and consumer behaviors, work relations and management, and business negotiation and collaboration.

Course Chinese Media Studies

Fundamental changes in Chinese media. Issues such as: how Chinese media emerge and evolve against the background of modern Chinese history; how they interact with government, sponsors, receivers, and other social institutions; and implications for Chinese social development.

Course Chinese Economy in Transition

From planned regime to market economy: political economy and institutional aspects of China's economic transition and open-door policy. How can China achieve economic success given disadvantages in natural resources, human capital stock, and institutional arrangements? Theoretical economic analysis, empirical data, and case studies. Emergence of China as an economic superpower; major challenges ahead.

Course China in the Global Economy

China's economic relations with the rest of the world. Its increasing trade, investment and commercial links across the glove and their resulting impacts on China's rise to the second largest global economy last year; the ensuing implications for the opportunities and challenges for the world's major economies.