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Current Curriculum
The program¡¯s core curriculum bridges the natural sciences, health sciences, social sciences and management.
Program Length: 2-year full time
Program Requirements for MID 2011 Class:
 46 credits of course study
   14 core course credits
   9 concentration course credits
   16 elective course credits
    7 credits from additional required components
¡¤ Master¡¯s Thesis
1)      Required Core Courses
Strategic Management of Public Organizations   
Comparative Politics and Government          
Research Design and Thesis Writing/Applied Social Research Method                      
Economic Development: Theory and Practices    
Language: Chinese                            
2)      Courses in Areas of Concentration (No less than 9 credits / 3 credits each)
Population, Health and Development
International / Introductory to Public Health
Agriculture and Rural Development
Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Sociology and Social Policy
Urbanization and Social Development
Environmental Science for Sustainable Development
Environment, Climate and Governance
3) Electives (No less than 16 credits)
Governance and Development                      
International Political Economy                      
Chinese Constitutional and Administrative Law      
Public Ethics and Leadership                        
Globalization and Governance                        
Frontiers of Public Policy                            
Global Classroom: Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development Practice
Comparative Development      Politics and Government in China     
Economic Development in China: Theory and Practice     
China¡¯s Social Policy    
China¡¯s Foreign Strategy and Policy     
Chinese Philosophy         
Comparative Study of Chinese Culture and Society
Intermediate Social Research Methods     
Frontier of Public Administration     
Development Theory and Practice     
4)      Additional Required Components (7 credits)
Master¡¯s Thesis Seminar  (1 credit )
Internship                        (3 credits)
Independent Study            (3 credits)
*For MID 2012 Class¡¯s curriculum and program requirement, please see the announcement during orientation, 2012.
Course Description (partial)
Economic Development: Theory and Practice
This course explores theories and issues of economic development in China, It covers seven parts. A brief introduction on the course and economic growth theory is given in part one. Then evolution of property rights and institutional change is analyzed in part two. In part three, we will turn to theories and issues of urbanization. Part four relates to the entrepreneurship. This course will also discuss financial deepening and financial reforms in part five. Part six presents the discussion on social security. In the final part, reform on the State Owned Enterprises is analyzed.
Frontiers of Public Policy£º World Bank ¨CTsinghua Joint Course on Sustainable Development
Provide students with a broad understanding of sustainable development issues rooted on practical experiences in specific development sector and challenges. Share lessons of experience from World Bank sustainable development specialists. Compare and contrast institutional arrangements and policies for sustainable development in developing and developed countries. Review analytical and policy tools for sustainable development planning.
Governance and Development
This course introduces to the students the evolution of development thinking and experiences since the end of the Second World War. It covers the colonial backgrounds and legacies, the development policies from 1950s to 1970s, the rise of the ¡°Washington Consensus¡± in the late 1980s and the search for its alternatives from the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997 up to now. The current issues of ¡°governance¡± is viewed from a historical perspective and analyzed with the aid of the latest theoretical advancement as exemplified in the World Development Report 2006 ¡°Equity and Development¡±.
Comparative Politics and Government
This course is a general introduction to basic concepts and issues of comparative politics. This course builds a basic foundation for students to understand and analyze politics and governments in major countries, including the United States, China and some developing countries (areas) in East Asia. The course starts with two most important political ideologies, liberalism and Marxism, and their practice in the United States and China through a close look at the political institutions in these two countries. It then examines the important experiences of economic development in developing countries by relying on the two different theoretical perspectives, dependency theory and the model of developmental state. It then moves to the important issues of political development and effects of political culture on political development.
Strategic Management of Public Organizations
This course mainly explores how public organizations can create more public value by improving their strategies and capacities and by wining support. The instructor will apply multiple teaching methods, including lecturing, case discussion, team projects, individual presentations, to deepen students¡¯ understanding of the operation of public organizations.
Global Classroom: Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development Practice
The course ¡°Global Classroom: Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development¡± is prepared for graduate students from the programs of Master in International Development (MID) as well as International Master in Public Administration (IMPA). It includes practical lessons from expert practitioners within the field of sustainable development, literature studies, weekly discussion sections, and relevant investigations. In addition to ¡°live¡± global sessions of communication across the network of partner universities, ¡°live¡± inter-university discussion sessions will also be organized. For each student, a course paper should be submitted after all classed have been completed. Drawing from key concepts within the multi-disciplinary field of ¡°sustainable development,¡± the curriculum is grounded in a practical approach that focuses on the inter-relationship of each of the following core fields of study: Agriculture and Nutrition, Economics, Environment and Climate Science, Management, Policy, Anthropology and Social Studies, Public Health, Technology and Engineering. Students who have successfully accomplished the course study may have the opportunity to acquire the certificates issued by the Columbia University.
International/Introductory to Public Health
Global health development trends, communicable and non-communicable diseases, major public health interventions, health system analytical framework, financing healthcare as a subsystem of health system, major financing options (user fees, community financing, private insurance, social insurance, general revenue financing, international aid), country case studies (representative countries at different economic development levels) .
China's Social Policy
The content of the course is composed of four sections. The first section is an introduction to social policy as a field of study and setting up a framework for understanding. The second section covers major domains of social policy in China. The third section is devoted to a discussion of policy development processes at different levels of the government and resource allocation for policy implementation. The fourth section concludes the course with attempts to analyze some welfare programs as examples of policy analysis.
Applied Social Research Methods
1. Course Introduction: What Can Statistics do? Key Statistical Concepts (Measurement, Variables, and Data) 2. Organizing and Describing Data: Measure of Central Tendency; Measure of Variance 3. Introduction to Probability and Normal Distribution: Rules of Probability; Normal Distribution, Normal Curve; 4. Confidence Interval; Hypothesis Testing: Sampling; Sample and Population; Confidence Interval; Hypothesis Testing 5. Testing Differences between Means: Compare Means; Analysis of Variance; 6. Nonparametric Test of Significance: When to conduct nonparametric test; Chi-Square Test 7. From Decision Making to Association: Correlation Analysis: Strengths and Application of Correlation Analysis; Pearson¡¯s Correlation Coefficient 8. Regression Analysis: From Correlation to Regression; Conducting and Interpreting Regression Analysis: A Quick Introduction; Other Advanced Methods: A Quick Overview; Course Summary
Frontier of Public Management-Risk and Crisis Management in the Public Sector
This course is composed of two parts. The first presents a systematic approach for organizations to identify, assess, and compare the risks they face, analyze risk-management into organization culture and strategy. The second part of the course explores how to prepare for, actively manage, and learn from acute crises. Case studies illustrate the factors that can influence crisis outcome. Principles of good crisis communications are presented and practiced in crisis simulations.
Environment, Climate Change and Governance
Four modules are designed for this course: Module 1: Environmental challenges. Understanding the diversity of environmental challenges, the complex relationship between environment and development, and the characteristics of the environmental challenges in different regions, countries and developmental stages. Analytical tools: ecosystem concept, material and energy flows of ecosystems, ecosystem control and feedback mechanisms, life support system concept, ecological footprint and carbon footprint. Module 2: Causes of environmental problems. Understanding the causes of environmental problems from five perspectives, namely, technological, economic, social, political and institutional. Analytical tools: Environmental Kuznets Curve, comparative advantage theory, the Diamond theory, ecological economic theory; sustainable development theory, MPC-IC model, life cycle analysis (LCA) method. Module 3: Approaches to solutions. This module includes cases that have shown effective for achieving resource conservation, resource productivity, environmental pollution treatment, mitigation of environmental impact, as well as tackling climate change. technological, economic, social, political and institutional approaches are included. Analytical tools: Spectral analysis, multi-dimensional analysis of efficiency, ecological footprint and carbon footprint analysis, externality analysis, Cost-benefit (effectiveness) analysis; (organizational) behavioral analysis. Module 4: Governance challenges and innovation. Three basic mechanisms: hierarchy, market, and communal cooperation. Understanding the roles, conditions, and limitations of each mechanism. The dilemma of global governance without governments, cases of governance innovation. Analytical tools: Mechanisms of Governance (Oliver Williamson); Institutional Analysis and Design (IAD, Elinor Ostrom); Comparative Institutional Analysis (Aoki); the regime theory (Oran Young)
Development: Theory and Practice
The course will present¡±stylized accounts¡± of developmental models noted for their particularity, and their status as benchmarks of success and failure. The competing development models are country specific to reflect the fact that public policy is decided within a national context and that developmental strategies¡± emerge¡± as much as they are ¡° chose¡± and that they do so in national contexts which determine what emerges, what can be chosen and how it works in practice. Developmental models may overlap, deal with common problems and draw upon a pool of common solutions but they are chosen and adopted within a particular country. How problems present themselves and whether solutions will work depends upon a cluster of country specific factors which will be explored on the course. The question ¡°what went wrong? ¡° is as revealing as the question ¡°what went right? ¡° Accordingly the course will also examine models of failed development.
Urbanization and Social Development
The course ¡°Urbanization and Social Development¡± is prepared for graduate students from the programs of Maser in International Development (MID) as a course in areas of concentration. Based on the theory and practice of Chinese urbanization, the curriculum will be implemented by practical lessons, literature studies, comparisons, case analysis, discussion sections, and field study, in order to deepen students¡¯ understanding of Chinese urbanization and social development issues, and enable them to define issues of management and policy under the condition of rapid urbanization in developing countries. Moreover, students will be trained to make use of effective planning means to solve these related issues.
Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Technological innovation is a key driver of change in several increasingly inter-connected industries. This module will seek to familiarize the students with basic concepts in innovation management, entrepreneurship strategy, and how firms seek to build their competitive advantage on technology. We will focus in particular on the dynamics of technological evolution, entrepreneurial competition, and technology/industrial policy around the innovations in the New Economy. The module will help students understand how firms such as Microsoft, Nuctech or some Chinese university spin-offs are able to develop sustainable competitive advantages based on their technologies, while other, equally innovative firms fail to capitalize on their innovations. In addition, this module will also help students to understand how entrepreneurial firms strategize their incubation and growth. Further, this module introduces what innovation policies are required for innovation.
Public Organization and Management
This course aims to introduce to the students the major concepts, theories and practices of contemporary public management. It will also help students access and understand the practices of Chinese public administration in the reform era. To achieve this end, instructor will adopt various teaching methods, including lecturing, case discussion, group presentations and on-site visits. Students are expected to actively participate in the teaching process and contribute to the classroom discussion.
Research Design and Thesis Writing
This course introduces to students major concepts and techniques for research design of social science. Although scholars and practitioners in the field of public administration might still have different views on whether we should have a unified methodological system, here we focus primarily on how to conduct feasible, reliable, and empirically falsifiable research. We will discuss the philosophy, the craft and the technology of social science research. Practically, this course aims to help students finish their thesis proposals step by step. Written assignments and student presentations are intentionally designed as practice for thesis writing and defense. Beyond this, students are also expected to develop a scientific thinking towards policy issues and to know how to search for other analytical methods not covered in this course in the future.
Elementary Chinese
The points we will study are emphasize the words and drills used in daily life.
Intermediate Chinese
Mainly focus on special spoken sentence patterns and words, discuss complicated issues related to life, study, social culture, etc. such as the parents-kids relationship, respect life and so on, in order to possess the students with the communication abilities to speak Chinese.
Advanced Chinese
First£¬the course focus on training students to develop the ability of orally expressing long paragraphs in a step by step way. Secondly, the daily communication skills together with the Chinese culture, traditions and the underlying psychology are systemically introduced to students. This course is different from the previous ones in that it requires the students to understand the unfamiliar underlying cultural connotations associated with the communications in Chinese. In the teaching process, the teacher will guide students to analyze and understand the cultural phenomena embodied in the texts. Students will be asked to analyze the cultural differences.