University of Oregon

Art, Culture and Heritage: A Shanghai Based Field School

Program Overview

Art, Culture and Heritage: A Shanghai Based Field School participants will: 

Be oriented to Shanghai’s arts and cultural heritage and the ways in which this heritage is being preserved, sustained, and interpreted as facilitated by national and regional planning efforts overseen by government entities

Be introduced to a folkloristic method for cultural research and interpretation.

Be oriented to ChinaVine.org’s mission and orientation to interpretation.

Discover how people living in Shanghai are shaping and expressing their cultural heritage.

Learn and apply multiple media oriented strategies for interpreting China's cultural heritage.

Learn about the emerging public sector in China and how that compares with the public sector that supports the arts and culture in the United States. 

All of us associated with the field school will share in gathering, synthesizing and building meaning. Your instructors are responsible for giving you as much control as possible over your own learning experience within the boundaries of the course purpose and expected outcomes, clarifying expectations and helping you establish quality criteria for your work, and helping you achieve success in this field school, demonstrating the value of this field school, helping you access quality resources and clarifying concepts, guiding you in the completion of tasks to demonstrate your achievement.

Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning by openly sharing your work and asking for feedback, relating concepts and skills to your real world experiences, gathering and synthesizing information from a variety of sources, making us aware of your individual learning needs.

The field school is designed to encourage the understanding and appreciation of content by facilitating critical thinking and transmedia dialogue. Emphasis is placed on thought rather than memorization. Participation in the field school will encourage the critical understanding of a topic and the controversies associated with it; generating multiple responses and perspectives on issues of common concern; discovery; and promoting provocative discussion through multi-media. 

Academic Details

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Faculty and Staff

Doug Blandy, recipient of a UO faculty excellence award, is a co-PI for ChinaVine.org. In this capacity he has traveled extensively in China to do fieldwork. His work associated with ChinaVine has been the focus of several scholarly book chapters, articles, and conference presentations. Doug’s faculty appointment is in the Arts and Administration Program. He is also core faculty within the Folklore Program.

John Fenn, has previously done fieldwork in China associated with ChinaVine. John teaches courses in public sector folklore as well as applied multi-media. John’s faculty appointment is in the Arts and Administration Program. He is also core faculty within the UO Folklore Program. 

Housing Description

Participants will be housed in standard double rooms in the International Exchange Service Center on East China Normal University’s (ECNU) Putuo District centrally located campus. ECNU is described as a “garden university” because of the beauty of its campus.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority Deadline
Summer2016Program not offered 2016

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.