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International Study for Honors Students

June 2013 Term | EH 399: Discovering China

Dr. Teresa Reed, - 256.782-5456


COURSE DESCRIPTION: 3 credit hours.  Prerequisite: EH 102 or EH 104.
REQUIRED TEXTS: Evans, Polly. Fried Eggs with Chopsticks.  NY: Delta, 2005.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will demonstrate the ability to display broad knowledge of cultural and educational differences between the US and China; to have specific recollection of representative texts studied; to display general recollection of the historical and cultural contexts taught; to display general knowledge of blogging techniques.
  • Attendance: The student must attend 75% of all class meetings in order to receive a passing grade for the course.  The student who overcuts the course will receive an "F" grade, regardless of the reason for the absences.
  • Tardy Policy: Because students who arrive late for class are marked absent, they must notify the instructor of their attendance at the end of class by giving the instructor a signed and dated statement at the end of that class session.  If the student fails to do so, the absence will remain in the grade book.
  • Deportment: All students are expected to attend class fully prepared with appropriate materials and all devices that make noise turned to the off position (e.g., cellular telephones, pagers, personal stereos, etc.).  Any student behavior deemed disruptive by the instructor will result in expulsion of the student from the classroom, with an absence for the day and possible disciplinary action.
  • Disability Accommodations Statement: Any individual who qualifies for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 should contact the instructor immediately.

        1. Presentation of assigned chapters from Fried Eggs with Chopsticks: 10% of final grade
        2. Participation in all activities at Taizhou University: 50% of final grade
        3. Blog: 40% of final grade

June 3: Introduction to course
Discussion of chapters 1-2 of Fried Eggs with Chopsticks
Alain de Botton video
June 4: Chapter presentations
Travel literature discussion: Read excerpt from The Art of Travel
June 5: Chapter presentations
Travel literature discussion: Read excerpt from Tourists with Typewriters
June 6: Meeting of all participants for discussion of itinerary & final arrangements for travel
Introduction to China travel
June 10-24: Travel
June 27: Blogs due


This term, you will be required to produce an online blog of your experiences traveling in China.  This will be your final project (to count 40% of your final grade).  This blog will be posted on a blogging site of your choice and then linked to our Facebook group page, available here:  A couple of popular & easy to use blogging sites are Blogger (google "Blogger" to find this one; it's part of google) and Wordpress (  You can use one of these or another site of your choice as long as you are able to not just add text but also include pictures and you must be able to link your blog to the Facebook group.
Each blog post will contain your written journal entry of 450-500 words and photographs that you took on the trip that correlate to the entry.  You must have a minimum of 8 blog posts.  Some topics you may choose are international travel; initial responses to a new culture's education, environment, food, customs, and/or recreation; personal unforgettable experiences.
In order ro create your entries, you may want to remember your reading of Polly Evans's work.  You may also want to find videos or other media already on the internet to include.  The vast majority of the work, words, ideas, and images must be your own, however.  Also, the following websites may be helpful in letting you see some popular Chinese travel blogs:

As we travel, you should keep a written journal.  You may choose to use pen and paper or your own electronic choice.  You should also take pictures at every opportunity to document your experiences.
When we return from China, you will have a couple of days to complete the blog on your own.  The blogs must be posted with a link to our Facebook page no later than Thursday, 27 June, by 4:30 p.m.

International Study for Honors Students

May 2012 Term | EH 399: Discovering China (contingent upon stipend funding)



EH 399 will be offered for the May 2012 term, contingent upon stipend funding. The course is an exciting and innovative international amalgam of American and Chinese culture and academics. JSU students will study the same Western works of literature being taught by Chinese professors to their own students at Taizhou University. JSU students will then travel to Taizhou University for ten days where both classes will be combined into one English-speaking class. While in China, JSU students will provide a cultural and academic bridge for their counterparts at Taizhou University, students who are considering JSU for degree work.

JSU students participating in this program will live in China and will study there in the midst of incomparable academic resources: art works and architecture, museums and libraries, as well as institutions of government, commerce, and learning. There will be two weeks of initial study on the JSU campus, a 12-day trip (including travel days) to China. The remaining days of the May term will be spent in evaluation/study of the experiential aspects of the course.

The course will be taught by

Ms. Gena E. Christopher, Instructor of English. B.S.Ed., Jacksonville State University; M.A.E., University of Alabama at Birmingham. Already a veteran of Chinese travel, especially to Taizhou University, Ms. Christopher, is a popular and respected member of JSU's English Department and currently serves as Director of the English Department's Writing Clinic.

Dr. Steven J. Whitton, Professor of English. B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., University of South Carolina. A member of JSU's English Department, Dr. Whitton is the recipient of the Cleo and Carla Thomas Award for Outstanding Community Education and Community Service and the Anna C. Grace Professorship of English. He is co-recipient for the Faculty Scholar Lecturer Award and currently serves as Director of JSU's Honors Program.

  • STIPENDS--10 academic stipends will be available, contingent upon stipend funding. To qualify, a student must
  • have completed an Honors class at JSU with a final grade of B or better
  • be a member of the JSU Honors Program. Applications for the Honors Program are available here
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA

Stipends (contingent upon funding) will cover 3 hours JSU tuition, airfare, insurance, and room and board while in China.

Stipend application is available here

Deadlines for receipt of application are

  • Elite Honors Scholars ONLY: October 15, 2011
  • All other Honors students: October 31, 2011.
  • STUDENT FINANCIAL OBLIGATION--Students are responsible for passport and visa costs (approximately $350 for both). Spending money of approximately $40 per day while traveling is also recommended (approximately $500). Passports and visa costs must be available to the Director of the Honors Program by December 1, 2011.

Taizhou University is located in Taizhou area, Zhejiang province. Taizhou is one of the sixteen cities in the Yangtze River Delta and is the largest city in Zhejing province.

Taizhou University is located in the city of Linhai, the educational and cultural center of the Taizhou area

as well as a city famous for its history and culture. Taizhou University began in 1907. A new campus of this University, located in Jiaojiang District, is now under construction.

Currently, there are more than 7,000 students. There are more than 700 faculty and 12 departments at the University, including the schools of Humanities and Social Sciences, Economy and Trade Management, Foreign Languages, Information and Electronics Engineering, Bioscience and Medical Chemistry, Physical Education,

Medical, Adult Education, Mathematics, Machine and Electronics, and Architecture. This university has 8 areas of study, including literature, natural science, engineering, management, medical, and education.
There are majors such as secretary, travel management, environmental protection, modern education technology, narcotic medical, machine-electronics project and architecture.

Taizhou University embraces international exchange and cooperation and has maintained friendly relationships with many foreign universities, such as Lincoln University of New Zealand, Chodang University of the Republic of Korea, and Magdeburg-Stendal Applied Science & Technology University of Germany.

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