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MODULE 2: Culture, Society and Population (SCP) - China

Contents and topics of the course


For the past decade, China has caught the world’s attention with its economic growth and rapid changes. China's growth is indeed eye-catching. Nevertheless, China's long civilization and rich culture is something China and the Chinese are proud of. Many attribute China's modern development and growth to its unique culture.

In this course, students will get some basic knowledge of China's population, the variety of its society (Han and other ethnic groups) as well as related (sometimes political) issues such as "one Child policy". This forms important background knowledge for the students who will deal with China one way or another (be it Chinese market, Chinese products or Chinese people).

In addition, this course covers topics such as relationships (Guanxi) and families, food (and drink), Chinese etiquette which also serve as practical tips. The course will also cover some of the prominent cultural aspects, the origins of cultures such a Confucius/Confucianism as they are essential, along with other influences that form the so-called "national psychological characteristics", or the "national mentality".

Knowledge and skills gained in this course will be an integral part of the international business environment and will be particularly useful to students wanting to operate in China.

If you would like to experience a sample class prior to your enrolment, you can contact the lecturer concerned to arrange a visit to sit in in one of the lessons.

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