This Tsinghua University course (graduate-level) is a part of the Global Hybrid Classroom (GHC) Certificate program.

Dedicated to training talents engaged in China and world studies. This program is an excellent choice for those who would like to understand  China and the world in the new era but have no time and opportunity to get a relevant degree. The program is expected to enable students from overseas and the School of  Social Sciences of Tsinghua University to leverage their own social science knowledge, expand their countries’ and regions’ backgrounds, and enhance their ability to participate in international affairs.

The program is open to students from domestic and overseas who are interested in contemporary China and the world or engaging in Chinese affairs. Specific requirements are as follows.

  • Language competence: IELTS 6.5\ TOEFL 95 or above other qualifications are accepted by Tsinghua.
  • International experience: Participation in exchange programs or international academic conferences, or international internships.

“Contemporary China and the World” certificate is compromised of 4 courses:

Students are required to complete at least 8 credits of specialty course, including 1 commonly required course, 3 core courses, and 1 Sino-foreign policy dialogue.

Reminder: Optional courses related to Chinese affairs offered by the School of Social Sciences or other departments of Tsinghua University can be counted in, the syllabus might be adjusted every semester.

This course is seminar in which provides an introduction to the conceptual and theoretical foundations for public diplomacy programs, news media public diplomacy initiatives, and how media outlets are used by international actors to influence global public opinion. The course covers issues and theories related to soft power, strategic communication, and media-based international relations. It reviews contemporary debates on Chinese public diplomacy, as well as explores cases outside of the China including other nation-states and non-state actors. This is not intended as an overview of Chinese public diplomacy, but a comprehensive inquiry into assumptions that continue to justify and define the evolving range of policies related to “public diplomacy.”

Public Diplomacy syllabus (2022).pdf

Zhao Kejin
Tenured Professor and Deputy Dean, School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University

Ph.D. in Law (International Relations) at Fudan University.
Deputy Dean of the School of Social Sciences; Deputy Dean of the Institute for Global Industry, Tsinghua University, and Tenured Professor, Tsinghua University.
Member of the Expert Committee of the  Base for Regional and Country-Specific Studies of the Ministry of Education of China; Board Member of the Association for Research on International Politics of Universities in China; Member of the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament; Visiting Professor of the School of International and Public Affairs of Jilin University; Senior Research Fellow of the Center for Public Diplomacy Studies of Beijing Foreign Studies University; Senior Research Fellow of Charhar Institute.
Main research areas: diplomatic theories, Chinese diplomacy, Sino-US relations.
Zhao has published 18 monographs and more than 80 SSCI and CSSCI papers. He has won five provincial and ministerial awards, and been selected into programs including the Ministry of Education’s New Century Excellent Talents and Beijing’s Program for Outstanding Talents in Four Areas.

Globalization is an unprecedented phenomenon in our times. As various regions in the world are becoming more and more connected with each other politically, economically, and culturally, they often differ from each other regarding moral values. Consequently, conflict and convergence of these moral views are an important part of the globalization process. Based on an in-depth analysis of the dynamism of globalization, this course is going to investigate some related ethical disputes. The selected topics focus on the impact of globalization on traditional moral values in different regions, and the emergence of new ethical values out of globalization. Topics include capitalistic ethics, social equality, universal value, religion, ideology, nationalism, environmental protection, philanthropy and foreign aid, and intellectual property among others. The course is to combine the reading of ethics classics with current international practice. It lays emphasis on critical thinking, disruptive research, and open discussion.

Ethics in the Era of Globalization syllabus (2022).pdf

Tang Xiaoyang
Dean, Tenured Professor, Department of International Relations, Tsinghua University

PhD, Dean of the Department of International Relations, Tenured Professor. Main research areas: political philosophy, African studies, and international development.

This course explores selected topics in European politics and international relations, including the rise of modern states, revolutions, international orders, alliance politics, geopolitics, military strategies, strategic competition, reforms, integrations, democratization, foreign policy, and sovereignty. Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions. Through their oral and written presentations, they are expected to be able to understand broad themes in European politics/international relations. 

European Studies syllabus (Spring 2021).pdf

Huang Yuxing
Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Tsinghua University

PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of International Relations, School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Coordinator of the “New Knowledge Forum” of the Institute for International Relations of Tsinghua University; Advisor of the Tsinghua University Library; Secretary of the Degree Sub-committee of Humanities of Social Sciences of Tsinghua University.
Main research areas: international relations theories, Chinese diplomacy, European and American diplomacy. Lectures: “Contemporary Sino-US Relations”, “Summer Vacation Foreign Language Training” (taught in English), and “International Relations Thesis Writing” for undergraduates; “European Studies” (taught in English), “International Relations in Asia, 1945-1989” (taught in English) for graduate students

Global Hybrid Courses (GHC) is currently open to current students from overseas partner universities of Tsinghua University, and it’s free. If your university (instructor or students) would like to join the program and experience what it is like to teach and learn in a truly global classroom, please contact the Assistant Secretary-General of the Global MOOC Alliance at [email protected] or [email protected].

How to attend our GHC courses?

  • Tsinghua University will send the list of GHC courses to overseas partner universities every semester. These universities will notify students to enroll and priority will be given to students eager to take part
  • Students from overseas partner universities have to complete the courses required by the GHC Certificate within a specified time. After completing each course, they will receive a GHC transcript issued by Tsinghua University.
  • Students from overseas partner universities attending Tsinghua’s postgraduate courses, whose own universities do not allow for credit transfer, can enjoy credit exemption if they study for postgraduate degrees at Tsinghua University in the future.

How to apply for the certificate upon completion of the required courses?

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