TBC 1100Fall 2023
3 Credits

Engaging China: Silk Road Trip Course

Explore thousands of years of history while you travel 2,050 miles along the Silk Road!
Simon Koo 古嘉文
Course Introduction
Simon Koo 古嘉文
Simon Koo 古嘉文Ph.D. Purdue University

Executive Director

Based in Beijing


Dr. Simon Koo joined TBC in 2017, bringing over a decade of teaching, research, and administration experience in higher education. He is currently the Executive Director of TBC.

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Engaging China: Silk Road Trip Course

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3 Credits
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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.