POLS Y-380 / BUS X-485: Globalization in Context: China

“Globalization in Context: China” is a course crosslisted in HSS as POLS-Y 380 and in the School of Business and Economics as BUS-X 485, and consists of a semester long course followed by a 12-day educational trip to Beijing and Shanghai, China. The predeparture coursework combines a survey of contemporary Chinese politics with a theoretical and empirical examination of how political, economic, and cultural processes of globalization have changed relationships between China and the West.

Class meets weekly online from Jan 8th to April 30th, and includes a required trip to China (tentatively May 12‒24, 2018)


For information on the program, see:

Class flyer #1 (HSS version), Class flyer #2 (Business version)

Course syllabus and trip timeline (Tentative)

Procedure to Apply and Enroll

  1. Open registration begins on October 23, 2017 for Spring 2018.
  2. Before signing up the class (POLS Y-380 or BUS X-485):
    • Deposit $50 fee (non-refundable) into the International Travel Account
    • Call (or go to, or mail to) the Bursar's Office: (765) 973-8345
    • Deposit the money into the International Travel Account: #23-686-05 (for students in POLS Y380), or #23-692-04 (for students in BUS X485)
    • Keep a copy of the deposit confirmation for your records
    • Email Prof. Kristoffer Rees (kmrees@indiana.edu) for HSS students or Prof. Litao Zhong (litzhong@iue.edu) for Business students:
      • A PDF (or photo) of the deposit confirmation
      • A letter of intent (see details below)
  3. The instructors will review your application and grant the permission (upon receiving this permission, you'll be allowed to register for the class).
  4. Pay Field Trip Fee $410 (rolled into your trip budget) is due at registration. Note: this fee can be paid online in your student account.
  5. Deposit $500 into the International Travel Account (call or go to the Bursar's Office) before Friday, January 12th, 2018
  6. Final Payment $800-$900 (call or go to the Bursar's Office) is due by Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Letter of Intent

This letter needs to include:

  • Your first & last name, email, phone number, Student ID#
  • Two references (i.e. Name and contact information of an IU East full-time instructor I could contact if need be)
Points to address in the letter (no more than one page):
  • Why do you want to take this course?
  • Why do you want to go to China?
  • What are your expectations of this course and the trip?

Trip Cost and Fee Breakdown

The estimated trip cost is about $4000, which covers

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Lodging (11 nights)
  • In-country transportation
  • 12-day Meals (Breakfast & Dinner included; Lunch on your own)
  • Educational-cultural programs
    • Great Wall
    • Museums
    • Peking Opera
    • Multinational Company Site Visits
    • Shanghai City Tour
    • Zhouzhuang Water Township Excursion
    • and more
  • Chinese Visa Fee
  • Health Insurance


Estimated Trip Cost: $4,000; less minimum of $2,250 of IUE and HSS/BUSE support for first 25 students; yields $1,750 budget per person. Other competitive scholarships available as described below to further defray out of pocket expense.

Name/Source Amount Note
IUE campus $750 For up to 25 students
School of HSS or BUSE $1500 Cover up to the first 12 students that register from each school
David Starr Jordan Scholarship $350 Competitive (see Financial Aid under the Study Abroad Program)
Eleanor Turk Scholarship $250‑$500 Competitive (see Financial Aid under the Study Abroad Program)
Allmayer‒Williams Scholarship $500 Competitive (see Financial Aid under the Study Abroad Program)

Miscellaneous Information

  • Valid passport is required for the international travel (valid for at least 6 month after the end of the trip).
  • Obtain a Chinese visa in advance of the departure (approx. $183 using IU’s visa expediting service: http://www.indiana.edu/~travel/discounts/passport.shtml). (Note: the whole class will make a group application. If you want to apply it by yourself, please notify the instructors.)

More Information

For more information, please contact Prof. Kristoffer Rees (kmrees@indiana.edu) for HSS students, or Prof. Litao Zhong (litzhong@iue.edu) for Business students.