Summer School on China Studies Tradition and Innovation

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Summer School on China Studies Trandition and Innovation

As Confucius pointed out, the age of 40 is the age of maturity and doubtless. China, after 40 years of Policy of Reform and Opening-up, is trying to develop its own identity by looking at its tradition and by addressing the challenges of the future. On one side we have the Confucian values, on the other side we have the needs of the digital society. Current Chinese trends are analyzed within the frame of economical, legal and cultural phenomenon and by emphasizing their traditional/historical and modern elements. The summer school will provide participants with an opportunity to better understanding current trends in China and to develop the necessary methodological skills to address China’s issues.

Period

from 7 to 20 July 2019

Contents

The aim is to analyze current trends in China’s developments. China is striving to create an alternative social, economic and legal model, which seeks to be not the mere emulation of Western models but the inheritance and enhancement of Chinese outstanding tradition’s values. This is the main task of Chinese government and Communist Party’s agenda. The first attempt occurred during the last decades of the Qing dynasty and led to the perish of the empire and the refusal of the tradition. Today, after 40 years since the Policy of Reform and Opening-up, characterized by the study and importation of Western ideas models goods, and by a rapid growth, China is trying to stand as a mature country and to define its identity. As Confucius pointed out, the age of 40 is the age of maturity and doubtless. China is trying to develop its own identity by looking at its tradition and by addressing the challenges of the future. On one side we have the Confucian values, on the other side we have the needs of the digital society.

Current Chinese trends are analyzed within the frame of economical, legal and cultural phenomenon and by emphasizing their traditional/historical and modern elements.
The summer school will provide participants with an opportunity to better understanding current trends in China and to develop the necessary methodological skills to address China’s issues.
The program is based on lectures by Guest Speakers, mainly Chinese experts and CEO, that are meant to increase knowledge and understanding of the various facets of Chinese society.
Each presentation, beside the fundamental theoretical knowledge, will analyze concrete cases and practices. Guest Speakers are hopefully going to contribute to strengthening a proper and friendly academic atmosphere and promote further collaborations.  Participants will be introduced to some of the successful business stories in Trentino. These meetings will open discussion about how to adapt local realities to Chinese challenges.

Trentino-Alto Adige has become one of the richest regions in natural and geographic wonderland.
The leisure part of the Summer School will bring participants to explore the amazing landscapes of this mountain region, where Italian and German language and culture live side by side.

Participants’ background

Admissions reserved to up to 25 senior Undergraduate and Graduate international students with the following background:
Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, International Business, Law, Economics, Contemporary History, Sinology.
A good level of English is needed (B2).
Students coming from partner universities are selected and nominated by partner universities.
External students are selected by UniTrento.
All students are asked to upload a CV and a motivation letter when applying (the on line application form will be available from February in the section “Useful links”).

Workload and credits

The School, in English language, consists of 8 hours/day of organized activities (debates, worshops, seminars, visits to local companies/institutions, Centro Martino Martini, excursion), plus preparation hours.
The teaching methodology consists of: frontal lectures, roundtables, case studies.
At the end of the School participants will receive an official UniTrento transcript of records certifying 6 ECTS (+ 2 ECTS for paper submission by 15 September 2019).
All details on the assessment tasks.

Location

Faculty of Law (located right in the city centre) (how to get to Trento).

Accommodation

All participants will be accommodated in single rooms at the UniTrento San Bartolameo Campus (10 minutes ride by bus, 5 minutes by bike from the city centre. See how to reach s.bartolameo campus). The cost of local transportation will be covered by UniTrento.
Bikes available on request.

Participation costs

Students from partners universities: 450 Euros 
External students: 1.000 Euros
Beside the didactic activity, participation costs are inclusive of: accommodation in single room, meals in the university restaurant (except for breakfast), entrance to main museums, bus pass and social program.
Travel costs are to be covered individually by participants.

Deadlines

Nominations by partner Universities: by 15 March 2019.
Students from partner universities and external students are asked to finalize the on line application by 31 March 2019 and to upload a CV and a motivation letter.
The on line application form will be available starting from February in the section “Useful links”.
The School will be activated with a minimum number of 10 participants.

Academic Coordinators

Prof. Ivan Cardillo (Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Law School, China, visiting professor Faculty of Law, Trento)
Prof. Gianni Santucci (Faculty of Law, UniTrento)

Contacts

International Relations Division 
international@unitn.it
Tel + 39 0461 283224

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