Fall 2019

Engaging China: Silk Road Trip Course

Explore thousands of years of history while you travel 2,050 miles along the Silk Road!
Jeremiah Jenne 張志勱
Course Introduction
Jeremiah Jenne 張志勱
Jeremiah Jenne 張志勱BA, College of Wooster

Jeremiah Jenne is a writer and educator based in Beijing since 2002. He has taught Late Imperial and Modern Chinese History at the IES Abroad Program for over 10 years and has written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, Asia Society/China File, Los Angeles Review of Books, Radii China, The Beijinger, and the World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, The Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. You can follow him on Twitter @jeremiahjenne or online at jeremiahjenne.com.

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Engaging China: Silk Road Trip Course

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Course Description

The purpose of the ENGAGING CHINA: Silk Road Excursion is to familiarize the student with the geography and history of the Qin through Qing Dynasties of China.

The Silk Road Excursion course is comprised of:

  • Three pre-trip introductory lectures / presentations
  • Two weeks of guided travel
  • Two to four lectures during the travel
  • One “reflection dinner” during trip to consider what is being learned
  • Student research topic presented as an 8 minute “in-progress” report during trip.
  • Daily (during 2 week trip) attendance at student presentations.
  • Two summary lectures / presentations at conclusion of trip.
  • Student 8 page (academic form) paper on research topic
  • Synoptic exam

Courses Outcomes

Preliminary lectures / presentations will introduce the student to the history and peoples of China. The Excursion itself is a physical validation of what has been read and heard. Prior to arriving in China the student will be assigned a research topic on the appropriate trip. S/he will have additional time in our library to study. During the travel at an appropriate site each student offers an in-progress report on, for example, the pre-eminence of calligraphy in Chinese culture. Staff and faculty will comment on the presentation in private. Further research and physical resources will be supplied. The student will photograph, interview, document and record data to corroborate the substance of his/her research. During travel a reflection dinner will aid students to digest the myriad images and experiences they will have had. At the conclusion of the trip two presentations will help gather up what has been learned. A written exam will be undertaken. A final draft of the research will be presented in academic form.