The purpose of this course is to enhance students’ professional knowledge and analytical skills in Chinese culture, history and society through a 28-day or above field trips, on-site teaching and learning. Students are expected to make use of the historical perspective as the starting point and take place in the 4-week field trip to explore various aspects of Chinese culture. A variety of topics in Chinese studies will be involved, such as ancient Chinese documentary, archaeology, art, religion, cities, architecture, literature, historical figures, literature, cultural heritage, the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (B&R).
This course is conducted under experiential learning module. It comprises two components: experiential learning and professional onsite teaching. For experiential learning, students have the opportunity to come into direct contact with the relics and cultural heritages at the historical sites. The 4-week field investigation provides them with an appropriate learning environment to absorb the significance of cultural connotation and cultural exchange which are related to their learning. Where possible, they can have the opportunity to experience the cultural activities such as ancient arts performance, ancient pottery making, archaeological excavations, etc. For professional onsite teaching, the instructors will guide the students and discuss the theme of the course during the field trip which will help further strengthen our teaching concepts. Instructors will coordinate with the students to set the objectives, methods and expectations of the field trip and reflect on how the results of the investigation can be used effectively in the group project. The onsite teaching enables students to have a more holistic understanding on the relationships between the historical and present aspects of cultural development. This course also allows students to examine cultural interactions between China and the global world from the Han dynasty to present, so as to explore the development and interactions of world cultures and its cultural exchange through discovery learning.