Summer School on China Studies Tradition and Innovation

Summer School on China Studies Tradition and Innovation

Summer School on China Studies Trandition and Innovation
As Confucius pointed out, the age of 40 is the age of maturity and doubtless. China, after 40 years of Policy of Reform and Opening-up, is trying to develop its own identity by looking at its tradition and by addressing the challenges of the future. On one side we have the Confucian values, on the other side we have the needs of the digital society. Current Chinese trends are analyzed within the frame of economical, legal and cultural phenomenon and by emphasizing their traditional/historical and modern elements. The summer school will provide participants with an opportunity to better understanding current trends in China and to develop the necessary methodological skills to address China’s issues.

Period
from 7 to 20 July 2019

Contents
The selected topics are: the new E-Commerce Law, the draft of the future Civil Law Code to be adopted in 2020, the Supreme People’s Court Case Guidance System, the Fundamental Characters of Chinese Culture Today, the Experience of Modernization and Reform, the Importance and Role of Chinese Language, Sharing Economy, Artificial Intelligence, Law and Virtue, China in a Global Context.

Leading experts on China Studies and representatives of Chinese political, economic and cultural spheres (the list of Guest Speaker is available here Guest speakers) will analyse current Chinese trends within the frame of economical, legal and cultural phenomenon and by emphasizing their traditional/historical and modern elements, providing participants with an opportunity to develop the necessary methodological skills to address China’s issues.

Each presentation, beside the fundamental theoretical knowledge, will analyse concrete cases and practices. Guest Speakers are hopefully going to contribute to strengthening a proper and friendly academic atmosphere and promote further collaborations.
Participants will be introduced to some of the successful business stories in Trentino. These meetings will open discussion about how to adapt local realities to Chinese challenges.

Aim
The aim is to analyze current trends in China’s developments. China is striving to create an alternative social, economic and legal model, which seeks to be not the mere emulation of Western models but the inheritance and enhancement of Chinese outstanding tradition’s values. This is the main task of Chinese government and Communist Party’s agenda. The first attempt occurred during the last decades of the Qing dynasty and led to the perish of the empire and the refusal of the tradition. Today, after 40 years since the Policy of Reform and Opening-up, characterized by the study and importation of Western ideas models goods, and by a rapid growth, China is trying to stand as a mature country and to define its identity. As Confucius pointed out, the age of 40 is the age of maturity and doubtless. China is trying to develop its own identity by looking at its tradition and by addressing the challenges of the future. On one side we have the Confucian values, on the other side we have the needs of the digital society.

Trentino-Alto Adige has become one of the richest regions in natural and geographic wonderland. The leisure part of the Summer School will bring participants to explore the amazing landscapes of this mountain region, where Italian and German language and culture live side by side.

Moreover, Trento is the birthplace of Martino Martini, acclaimed as the father of Chinese geographical science, and hosts the homonymous Centre aiming at developing cultural relations between Europe, China and East Asia (https://www.martinomartinicenter.org/).

Participants’ background
Admissions reserved to up to 25 senior Undergraduate and Graduate international students with the following background:

Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, International Business, Law, Economics, Contemporary History, Sinology.

A good level of English is needed (B2).

Students coming from partner universities are selected and nominated by partner universities.

External students are selected by UniTrento.

All students are asked to upload a CV and a motivation letter when applying (the on line application form will be available from February in the section “Useful links”).

Workload and credits
The School, in English language, consists of 8 hours/day of organized activities (debates, worshops, seminars, visits to local companies/institutions, Centro Martino Martini, excursion), plus preparation hours.

The teaching methodology consists of: frontal lectures, roundtables, case studies.

At the end of the School participants will receive an official UniTrento transcript of records certifying 6 ECTS (+ 2 ECTS for paper submission by 15 September 2019).

All details on the assessment tasks.

Location
Faculty of Law (located right in the city centre) (how to get to Trento).

Accommodation
All participants will be accommodated in single rooms at the UniTrento San Bartolameo Campus (10 minutes ride by bus, 5 minutes by bike from the city centre. See how to reach s.bartolameo campus). The cost of local transportation will be covered by UniTrento.

Bikes available on request.

Participation costs
Students from partners universities: 450 Euros

External students: 1.000 Euros

Beside the didactic activity, participation costs are inclusive of: accommodation in single room, meals in the university restaurant (except for breakfast), entrance to main museums, bus pass and social program.

Travel costs are to be covered individually by participants.

Deadlines
Nominations by partner Universities: by 15 March 2019.

Students from partner universities and external students are asked to finalize the on line application by 31 March 2019 and to upload a CV and a motivation letter.

The on line application form will be available starting from February in the section “Useful links”.

The School will be activated with a minimum number of 10 participants.

Academic Coordinators
Prof. Ivan Cardillo (Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Law School, China, visiting professor Faculty of Law, Trento)

Prof. Gianni Santucci (Faculty of Law, UniTrento)

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