Summer Global Seminars

The Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU) Summer Institute for Extended Flipped Education

Transformative Learning, Globalized Classroom

The annual Summer Global Seminars (SGS) program is the signature program of the School of Humanities and Social Science.

SGS will offer you

  • An opportunity to embrace a diversity of disciplines and global thematic emphases in a global-scale living academic community
  • An opportunity to incubate deep intellectual sharing on global issues and to build relationships with peers from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • An exposure to develop a global frame of reference that will set you apart in the future

Summer Global Seminars ’18 Course information


SHSS3001/HIEA/GSGS Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data-Analytic Approach (3 credits)

This course summarizes some of the new directions in Chinese history and social science produced by the creation and analysis of big historical datasets based on newly opened Chinese archival holdings, and organizes this knowledge in a framework that encourages learning about China in comparative perspective.

Instructor Prof. James LEE, Chair Professor, School of Humanities & Social Science, HKUST

HUMA4000I/ANTH3340/GSGS3559 Ecology and Society (3 credits)

This course is a special edition of a course designed to 1) mediate the divide between the Arts and the Sciences; 2) introduce students new to anthropology aspects of culture theory and contemporary ecological/environmental anthropology; 3) forge a synthesis between culture theory and historical ecology; and 4) provide new insights on how human both fashion and are fashioned by their environments.

Instructor Prof. Frederick DAMON, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UVa

SOSC2140/SOC/GSGS3559 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of research methods in the social sciences. It is intended to provide a foundation for an understanding of the major approaches in the social sciences to the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, and the specification and testing of theories. The course covers the logic of scientific inquiry and various research techniques such as experimentation, scientific sampling, survey research, field methods, archival data, and quantitative analysis that are commonly used by researchers in economics, education, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Instructor Prof. Cameron CAMPBELL, Professor, Division of Social Science, HKUST

SOSC4000H/SOC/GSGS3559 Max Weber, China, and the West (3 credits)

This course examines what might be called “the Weber question”, namely, how, why, when, and to what extent did the West steal a march on the rest of the world and establish what has come to be seen as the foundations of modernity? This was Max Weber’s question, posed most powerfully and succinctly in his classic work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. We will engage in a close reading of the Protestant Ethic and related texts to discern Weber’s argument. We will then evaluate his findings in the light of recent scholarship.

Instructor Prof. Krishan KUMAR, Professor, Department of Sociology, UVa

SOSC4000G/EAST/SOC3559 Hong Kong in the World (2 credits)

This course is intended as an introduction to contemporary Hong Kong. We will consider the city as a laboratory of social change: economic, political, social and cultural developments all have visible manifestations in the built environment and lived experience of the city. Hong Kong, as linked both to China and the world more generally, is a particularly good window on the complexities and contradictions of our current global moment.

Instructor Prof. Ekaterina MAKAROVA, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, UVa

Study Location


HKUST Clear Water Bay Campus, Hong Kong
(For the class(s) with field trip, students may need to travel around Hong Kong)

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