STU CORE COURSE SYLLABUS
Course Title:Shantou, China as an Urban Planning Laboratory: Toward Sustainable Design (Short Title: Sustainable Design in Shantou)
Course Group:Science and Scientific Methods 3-2 (or Citizen and Society)
Contact Hours:24 (Seminar Format)
Time:May 13 – June 12, 2015. Mondays & Wednesdays, 14:00-17:00
* PLEASE NOTE: STU recently signed faculty and student exchange agreements with the University of Kentucky (UK). Professor Ernie Yanarella (Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Kentucky) will bring 8-12 students from the University of Kentucky to STU for one month (May 13 – June 12, 2015) and will teach a course on Sustainable Urban Design. Professor Yanarella’s course works together with Dean Bodenhorn’s course on China’s Environment and the World to give students a broad understanding of major environmental challenges and responsible, sustainable urban design in China. In other words, the two courses together form a six-credit module on environmental challenges and sustainable urban development. The two courses are intended to serve both STU and UK students, and students should enroll in both courses.
We are requesting 3 credits for each of these two courses for the following reasons:
- Professor Yanarella’s course will have three field trips – day trips to Shantou and Chaozhou, and a 3-day, 2-night trip to Shenzhen – which will bring total contact time to 48+ hours. Students from both courses will participate in these field trips.
- Student teams will also conduct field research.
- Terry Bodenhorn’s course will require extensive reading in English, which will impose a heavy workload on the students.
- The contents of Dean Bodenhorn’s course will provide the terminology and inform the analytical framework for the research in Professor Yanarella’s course.
Course Enrollment Restrictions:
Up to 24 STU students and up to 12 University of Kentucky students. The course will be taught in English, so students must have adequate English-language skills. STU students must also enroll inChina’s Environment and the World, taught by Professor Terry Bodenhorn, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Shantou University (to be taught May 13 - June 12, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 14:00-17:00).
Instructor: Dr. Ernest J. Yanarella, Chair, Political Science Department, University of Kentucky
Office Hours: by appointment
Description, Goals, & Teaching Methods
This a four-week summer 2015 course on urban planning and sustainable design will explore the city of Shantou in southern China as a living urban and social laboratory. It will combine sustainable urban planning approaches taught in the classroom with locally-grounded research projects pairing UK and Shantou students on specific topics. Among the courses key theme addressed in the course are: Shantou’s urban morphology and social demographics; its governing structure and urban planning regime; its provincial role and evolution into a Special Economic Zone; its urban morphology and social demographics; and its access points and possible domains for promoting urban sustainable design.
Student teams will have opportunities to investigate: Shantou’s undeveloped urban areas as sites for sustainable building design; the city’s transportation and traffic problems; the region’s food security and agricultural sustainability needs; city-university policy synergies; local-global economic dynamics; building up vs. building out for a growing population; and ways to reinvigorate its Special Economic Zone designation; and more. UK students need no advanced language facility or preparation. Videos and field trips will supplement lectures, active learning and research assignment. UK students will earn three credit-hours for this course and three credit-hours from a parallel course on the evolution of environmental policy in China taught in English.
Qizhi, Mao et al. Better City, Better Life:The State of China’s Cities, 2010/2011. Foreign
Languages Press, 2012. English: http://unhabitat.org/publications/state-of-china-cities-20102011-better-city-better-life/ or Chinese: http://unhabitat.org/publications/state-of-china-cities-20102011-chinese-better-city-better-life/
Baglione, Lisa. Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: a Practical Guide to Inquiry,
Structure and Methods, thousand Oaks, CA: CQ College Press, 2011.
Assessment Methods: Course Assignments and Grading
Students will graded on the basis of: a research paper and PowerPoint presentation on their research project accounting for 75% of the final grade and testing Learning Outcome 2 (see below); and a final examination, accounting for 25% of their grade, which will test their knowledge in Learning Outcomes 1 and 3. Regarding the research project, students will be divided into teams (one American and one Chinese student) and will be asked to choose an acceptable sustainability/planning topic, which must be approved. The range of acceptable topics is wide. Students will find representative topics above in the syllabus introduction and in the instruction sheet for the team research paper.
80 - 89%= B
70 – 79%=C
60 – 69%=D
1. Students will learn about the unique governmental structure, planning regime, and local-regional economy of Shantou and Guangdong Province and the potential of the city and region to become more sustainable.
2. Students will be able to apply appropriate social science research techniques to investigate discrete policy areas and urban sites and recognize their relevance for study other cities.
3. Students will gain greater understanding and sensitivity to other societies and cultures and how they inform social behavior and their impact on human-nature relationships.
Final Exam Information:
June 10, 2015; 2:00-4:00 TBA
Submission of Assignments:
The research team will present their research on June 8 or 9 and their research
papers are due on June 10
Students are expected to attend all of the class meetings and participate in the field trip to Shenzhen. More than two absences will lead to a 5 points reduction in final grade for each additional unexcused absence.
Excused Absences (boilerplate required by the University of Kentucky):
Students need to notify the professor of absences prior to class when possible.S.R.
22.214.171.124 defines the following as acceptable reasons for excused absences:(a)serious illness,(b) illnessor death of family member, (c)University-related trips,(d)major religious holidays, and(e) othercircumstances found to fit “reasonable cause for non attendance” by the professor.
Course Outline and Readings
I. Introduction (Week 1)
A. What is sustainability? How does it differ from environmentalism?
B. The scale of sustainability: building, neighborhood, city, region, nation, or globe?
C. Sustainable cities and sustainable communities—the new imperative
D. Indicators, ecological footprints or fair Earth-shares (or Sustainable Area Budgets)?
Yanarella, Sustainability 301 with Chinese Characters-- PowerPoint
Yanarella, Levine, and Lancaster, “Green versus Sustainability: From Semantics to Enlightenment,” Sustainability: the Journal of Record, 2 (October 2009): 296-302.
Yanarella and Levine, The City as Fulcrum of Global Sustainability, chs. 5 and 6.
Ticket to Ride: Bus trip to downtown Shantou and guided tour. SPECIFIC TIME TO BE ARRANGED. (See Filipe deSouza’s blog advice-- http://filipedesouza.com/2013/04/08/living-and-teaching-at-shantou-university-part-1/)
II. Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences (Week 1 cont’d.)
A. Combining rigor and substance in social research
B. Research design: research focus and research question
C. Political ethnographies
D. The technique and art of interviewing
E. Case studies and fieldwork: small n but theoretically grounded
F. Focus groups
G. Sustainable urban design as futurism
LisaBaglione, Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: a Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure and Methods, chs. 2, 4, and 5.
Raymond Madden, Being Ethnographic: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Ethnography, Introduction and chs. 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Robert K. Yin, Case Study Research: Design and Methods, chs. 1 and 5.
III. Shantou and Guangdong Province (Week 2)
A. Shantou’s urban morphology and social demographics
B. Guangdong Province: its social, economic and cultural place in China’s mosaic
C. Shantou’s evolution as a Special Economic Zone
D. Shantou and its population trends
Shantou City Government Webpage: English--http://english.shantou.gov.cn/
Guangdong Province—Wikipedia: English--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangdong
Ticket to Ride: Bus trip to Chaozhouand guided tour. SPECIFIC TIME TO BE ARRANGED.
IV. Government and Politics of Planning in Shantou (Week 2 cont’d.)
A. Shantou’s dual governmental structure
B. Its urban planning regime
C. The urban-transportation nexus
D. Water and food planning
E. The city and the university
Institute of Urban Planning a d Design, Nanjing University and Shantou Planning Bureau, Shantou City/Regional and Guangdong Provincial Maps
Mao Qizhi et al, Better City, Better Life: The State of China’s Cities, 2010/2011, UN-Habitat, 2012, “Executive Summary,” “Urban Planning and Management in China” (Ch. 6), and “Future Challenges of Urban Development” (Ch. 7), pp. 2-5, 68-85, and 86-89, respectively—English:http://unhabitat.org/publications/state-of-china-cities-20102011-better-city-better-life/or Chinese:http://unhabitat.org/publications/state-of-china-cities-20102011-chinese-better-city-better-life/[download book after clicking link on webpage]
Institute of Urban Planning and Design, Nanjing University and Shantou City Urban and Rural Planning Bureau, “Shantou Strategic Development Plan, China,” June 30. 2012--http://www.isocarp.org/fileadmin/user_upload/activities/pdf/AfE_2012_InstUrbPlannDesignNanjingUnv.pdf
Hongyang Wang and Martin Dubbeling, “The Big Jump Forwards: An Example of China’s Pursuit Towards a New Pattern of Growth,” ISOCARP Review, No. 09--http://www.connectingcities.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/DOWNLOAD-603_ISOCARP-REVIEW-09_The-big-jump-forward_large.pdf
Contact Information: 4/F, Investment Building, No.32, HuangshanRoad , Shantou City, tele. 88787900
V. Shantou’s Local-Regional Economy in the Era of Globalization (Week 3)
A. The city in the nation, the city in the province, the world in the city
B. What Shantou sells to the world
C. What Shantou buys from the nation and the world
D. What Shantou buys from the world
E. Shantou and Shenzhen: a tale of two cities
“Shantou Manufacturing & Investment Information,” Understand China—
City of Shantou, “Shantou High-Tech Zone,” Shantou Government Website—English and Chinese--http://english.shantou.gov.cn/News.aspx?tid=45&nid=1303
Tian Guang, “Soft Power and Shantou Economic Special Zone Construction: A New Breakthrough Point for Development,”Journal of Applied Business and Economics, Vol.12, No. 6 (2011): 121-131. Recommended.
MeeKam Ng and Wing-Shing Tang, “The Role of Planning in the Development of Shenzhen,
China: Rhetoric and Realities,” Eurasian Geography and Economics, Vol. 45, No. 3 (2004): pp. 190-211.
Basel Action Network, “China: The Story of Guiyu [in Shantou Prefecture],” Exporting Harm: the High-Tech Trashing of Asia, February 25, 2002, pp. 15-22
Janet Kit Yan Chanand Ming H. Wong, “A review of environmental fate, body burdens, and human health risk assessment of PCDD/Fs at two typical electronic waste recycling sites in China,” Science of the Total Environment, 463-464 (2013), pp. 1111-1123. Recommended.
Ticket to Ride: 3-day field trip to Shenzhen and guided tour. SPECIFIC TIME TO BE ARRANGED.
V. Sustainable Shantou: a Vision for the Future (Week 4)
A. Planning Visions of Shantou’s Future
B.Closing thoughts on resources, obstacles, and needs to realize a Sustainable Shantou
C. Students PowerPoint presentation on research projects
nbbj, “Rising Seas, Delta City” [“One Shantou: Now, Tomorrow and the Future” vision plan]--http://www.nbbj.com/work/shantou-new-east-coastal-area/
Martin Dubbeling, “Shantou Revisited—Organic Regeneration of the Historic Downtown,” Connecting Cities:Research, Consultancy, Design and Communication in Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning--http://www.connectingcities.eu/?p=135
ISOCARP, Organic Regeneration of the Historic Downtown of Shantou, China: UPAT Workshop Report--http://www.connectingcities.eu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/DOWNLOAD-207_Shantou-Down-Town-UPAT-Report.pdf
ISOCARP, New East Coast Area Urban Design Competition: Jury Report--http://www.connectingcities.eu/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/DOWNLOAD-210_Shantou-New-East-Coastal-Area-Jury-Report.pdf
Other Recommended Material
Mao Qizhi et al, “Urban Development in the Last Sixty Years,” Better City, Better Life:The State of China’s Cities, 2010/2011, Foreign Languages Press, 2012, chapter 1 (pp. 6-23)—English:http://unhabitat.org/publications/state-of-china-cities-20102011-better-city-better-life/ or Chinese:http://unhabitat.org/publications/state-of-china-cities-20102011-chinese-better-city-better-life/
Administrative Committee of Shantou’s Free Trade Zone: Investment Attraction”—“Main Strengths,” “Surroundings,” “Natural Conditions,” “Infrastructure”—http://www.stftz.gov.cn/en/investment/index.asp
“Special Supplement: Shantou’s Economic Promise and Geographical Potential,” China Daily, May 16, 2006, p. S50—http://app1.chinadaily.com.cn/fortune2005/ft050516p50n.pdf
ISOCARP Jury, “New East Coastal Area Urban Design Competition Jury Report”—http://www.connectingcities.eu/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/DOWNLOAD-210_Shantou-New-East-Coastal-Area-Jury-Report.pdf
MeeKam Ng, “City Profile: Shenzhen,” Cities,Vol. 20/No. 6 (2003), pp. 429–441.
Michael Leaf, “Learning from Shenzhen,” Cities, Vol. 13/No. 3 (1996). Pp. 195-197.
“Strategy for Shan Nan Region (Shantou),” Connecting Cities--http://www.connectingcities.eu/?p=99
Each student is expected to work in Shantou-UK teams. (This will overcome language issues in researching the team’s project.) Topics must be determined during the first week of classes. Among the topics appropriate to the assignment are the following:
--Shantou’s underdeveloped or deteriorating urban areas as sites for sustainable building design
--the city’s transportation and traffic problems: sustainability-oriented solutions
--Shantou’s food needs for a growing population: the possibilities and promise of sustainable agricultural security
--city-university relations and real or possible policy synergies for promoting urban sustainability in Shantou
--overhauling Shantou’s water system and flood control in the context of advancing regional water sustainability
--native social and cultural resources for advancing sustainable Shantou
--local-global economic dynamics: building a sustainable economic infrastructure
--urban density or urban sprawl: building up vs. building out for a growing population
--policy options for reinvigoratingShantou’s Special Economic Zone status
--strategic plans and vistas for the future: an urban sustainability assessment
--Guiyu and the problem of e-wastes: policyfor sustainability-oriented alternatives to hazardous waste dumping and recycling
During the course of your research, you may need to undertake some combination of: interviewing, archival work, fieldwork, political ethnography, Internet research, and—less likely—focus groups. During the first week, the instructor will provide an overview and reading materials (book chapters and handouts) on qualitative research methods in the social sciences and policy studies. By the end of the week, it is expected that teams will have been formed and chosen their individual topics. Over the course of the rest of the session, teams will be expected to conduct their research and during the last two days of the course, teams will present PowerPoint summaries of their research and findings. A short paper reviewing each team’s research project is also expected.