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HIST 183

Off-Campus Extended Studies Course

May or Winter Term off-campus study project on a historical theme.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits

Winter Term information

Yung-chen Chiang

183A: China and Hong Kong: Tradition and Change (off-campus)

Through study and site visits in China, this course brings to sharp relief a Chinese paradox. While the nation boasts to have an ancient culture of traditions, it goes all the way out to jettison the old to embrace the new; while it holds on to communism, it latches on to a capitalistic economic regime; while it garners the reputation as a rising economic superpower, it delivers low living standards to the majority of its people.

The objective of the course is to enable students to appreciate how history continues to matter and how the dramatic economic transformation in China is reshaping the landscape, skyscape, and, most importantly, the lives of the people.

This is an 18-day historical and socio-economic study tour. The six cities featured in this study project are:

  • Beijing: the capital that showcases an extraordinary juxtaposition of tradition and modernity
  • Xi'an: the capital for 12 ancient dynasties, home of the famed Terra Cotta Army of the First Emperor
  • Guilin and Yangshuo: a backpackers' paradise famous for its unique geological (Karst) formation
  • Shanghai: a showcase of China's postmodern cityscape
  • Hong Kong: the last jewel in the British colonial crown and a success story of cultural fusion

Additional Notes:

This course can count towards a History major or minor. Recommended courses for participation are History 107A Introduction to China & Japan, Chinese 161 Elementary Chinese and Chinese 261 Intermediate Chinese language.

For more information about this course, including costs, please visit the Horizons off campus study system at then select "Search Programs" and enter "DePauw University Extended Studies" in the provider dropdown. To apply to participate in this course, select the "Welcome" tab in Horizons and login.

Barbara Whitehead

183B: French Revolution (off-campus)

This three-week class will study the course of events that make up the French Revolution. Beginning with the 1787 Assembly of Notables and ending with the crowning of Napoleon Bonaparte as first emperor of France, we will trace the path of this landmark event in world history as it played out in the streets of Paris. After a week of intensive study on campus consisting of lectures, discussions, movies, and student presentations, the class will relocate to Paris where we will spend approximately eleven days walking in the footsteps of the revolutionaries. Sites visited will include: Versailles, Les Halles, Place de la Bastille, the Palace of the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens, Musee Carnavelet (City Museum of Paris), Hotel de Ville, La Conciergerie, Place de la Concorde, Notre Dame, Cluny Museum, L'Arc de Triomphe, Place Vendome, and Malmaison.

Recommended courses: History 111, 112, 338 and any French classes.

For more information about this course, including costs, and to apply to enroll, please visit then select the "Search Programs" tab and enter "DePauw University Extended Studies" in the provider dropdown.