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 15‒27, 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. Before signing up the class (POLS Y-380 or BUS X-485):
    • Complete the letter of intent (instructions below) and email to Prof. Kristoffer Rees (kmrees@indiana.edu) for HSS students or Prof. Litao Zhong (litzhong@iue.edu) for Business students:
      • Dr. Rees or Zhong will review your letter of intent, and contact you to discuss/approve your enrollment in the course.
    • Once your enrollment is approved, pay $50 non-refundable deposit at iue.edu/continuinged.
      • You MUST forward the deposit payment confirmation email to Dr. Rees (HSS) or Dr. Zhong (BUS)
  2. Once the instructors confirm that the deposit has been received, you will be granted permission to formally register for the course.
  3. Pay $500 deposit at iue.edu/continuinged before Friday, January 12th, 2018.
  4. Pay $500 deposit at iue.edu/continuinged before Wednesday, January 31st, 2018.
  5. Make final Payment $1450 at iue.edu/continuinged 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 $1500 of HSS/BUSE support for first 12 students from HSS and for first 13 students from BUSE; IU East offers $750 scholarship for qualified students (up to 25 students). Other competitive scholarships available as described below to further defray out of pocket expense.

Note: For the IUE $750 scholarship, you will be contacted by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships about your eligibility.

Name/Source Amount Note
IUE campus $750 For up to 25 qualified students
School of HSS or BUSE $1500 Cover up to the first 12 students from HSS and the first 13 students from BUSE
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.