China Scholars Program
China Scholars Program
Introduction to Contemporary China
The China Scholars Program (CSP) is an interactive, synchronous online course for high school students in the United States that offers an intensive exploration of key issues in contemporary China, spanning politics, economics, social issues, culture, and the arts, with an emphasis on how the United States and China have understood and influenced each other in recent history. In real-time conversations with leading scholars, experts, and diplomats from Stanford University and other institutions, students are exposed to the cutting edge of China relations and scholarship.
The CSP equips participants with a rare degree of expertise about China and its relationship with the United States that may have a significant impact on their choice of study and future careers, and connects them to a network of like-minded peers. The CSP selects 20 to 25 exceptional high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from throughout the United States to engage in a one-semester, intensive study of contemporary China.
Coursework includes weekly reading and writing assignments, as well as real-time "virtual classroom" sessions with guest experts, culminating in an independent research project, printed and shared in journal format. Students are also required to give a presentation on China in their own communities. Successful completion earns Stanford Continuing Studies Program credit and a Certificate of Completion from SPICE, Stanford University.
Students accepted to the Spring 2019 program must be available to participate from late January through late May 2019, including attendance at 12 real-time virtual classrooms on Tuesday or Thursday evenings (specific dates TBA). Students should expect to allot about 6 hours per week to complete the lectures, discussions, readings, and assignments. Since this is a distance-learning course, however, students can structure most of the work around their individual schedules.
Applicants do not need to know the Chinese language or have any prior experience with China. Limited financial assistance is available; inquire for details.
For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions. Contact Dr. Tanya Lee, China Scholars Program Instructor, with further questions.