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Learning Objectives & Outcomes

All ACM colleges are grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and this educational commitment extends to ACM off-campus study programs. By participating in one of these programs, you’ll benefit from studying in a new location that combines experiential, place-based learning with academic purpose similar to your home campus as you pursue the program's learning goals.

In each program you’ll enjoy small class sizes, allowing you to work closely with faculty and other students. You’ll also live in housing and participate in activities that provide everyday opportunities to connect course-based learning with the local community and culture.

You’ll find that the learning objectives and outcomes of each ACM program reflect these liberal arts educational values.

The Shanghai: Perspectives on Contemporary China program offers you an immersive cultural and academic experience at the internationally-recognized East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, a unique environment in which to examine China’s rapid economic rise as a global power and the widespread impact on the environment and public health, rural migration, rapid urbanization, civil society, and the family-centered culture. An overarching question is how these changes both illustrate and challenge certain Chinese traditions.

Program learning objectives:

  • Deepen your knowledge and understanding of a variety of issues in contemporary China through coursework and independent study that use the program location in Shanghai for field work.
  • Advance your knowledge and use of Chinese language through training that is matched with your background, from basic functional ability for students at the beginning level to overall proficiency for students at the intermediate and advanced levels.
  • Support your development of the intercultural skills needed to establish and conduct daily life at East China Normal University and in Shanghai and to reflect on your own cultural identity.

When you complete the program, you should be able to discuss and analyze questions about the complexity of contemporary Chinese society, demonstrate significant progress in understanding and expressing yourself in Chinese, and apply your intercultural skills to navigating daily life at ECNU and neighborhoods of Shanghai with comfort and confidence.