During the summer school, Tsinghua offered the opportunity to work with distinguished professionals in varies fields. Lectures and courses helped the diverse student group to understand contemporary Chinese issues through these seven project teams.
The courses grouped in different directions to study and practice, including Architecture, Creative City, Education, Environment, Industry frontiers, Urbanization, Women and other different modules.
Understanding Chinese Society and history from the angle of the built Environment
The focus of the instruction was placed on an overall introduction of the physical built environment. Tsinghua also have investigated the social and historical backdrops in which the buildings were embedded, and what the stylistic evolution can tell us more about Chinese people, Chinese history and the Chinese way of life. As architecture is not isolated from the broader context of the city, Beijing, were used as a typical example for both the lectures and the field sites.
The city as a living lab
With the increasingly diversity of the urban space, city is no longer a single space, but a multi-dimensional space composed of historical and cultural elements, especially Beijing. From the perspective of human perception and the actual life of the city, a city is considered as a living lab. And students have experienced the urban space as meaningful subjects and carriers in summer school.
Exploring the Country of Confucius
Beijing is a fantastic living lab for multicultural learning. We have explored the Confucius heritages in both ancient and modern forms; also, we have learned how diverse cultures are promoted through formal, informal and non-formal learning in a distinctive Chinese urban place. In this project, students were engaged in theoretical explorations in international education, intercultural communication and visual anthropology.
Understanding China’s Environmental Challenges
China has now the world’s second largest economy. China is also the world’s largest consumer of coal, the second largest consumer of oil, and the world’s largest emitter of CO2. The themes of environment have covered clean energy, air pollution, wastewater management as well as climate change. And Tsinghua have offered special chance to explore solutions to China’s environment challenges through innovative and creative thinking.
The Centers of Digital Capabilities in China
China’s economic and social dynamics are being accelerated by digital infrastructures. We have taken students to visit some of the centers of digital capabilities in Beijing. Our module was focus on the digital capability aspect and helped students explore China, both by visiting relevant enterprises, government institutions, and experienced using these computational and telecommunication tools, in ways that are only practical here in China.
Stepping into the Urban and Rural Communities
China is now experiencing the largest and rapidest process of urbanization, which is accompanied with industrialization, informatization and modernization agriculture. This has brought tremendous socio-spatial transition in both urban and rural area. We stepped into China’s urban communities, experiencing and reflection on the real life, prospect expectations together with severe challenges.
Gender studies and Chinese Women’s Development
As an important field of the social sciences and humanities internationality, Gender Studies introduces a unique critical perspective for innovative thinking in the context of cross-cultures and cross-disciplines. The course discussed some fundamental theories and methodologies of Gender Studies.