Computer Science 239: Technology and Culture in the Year of the Dragon INSTRUCTOR: David Ranum (Computer Science)
Course Description: This travel course to China will explore the influence that the technology sector is having on one of the world’s oldest cultures as it becomes one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Students will participate in corporate site visits (in Beijing and Shanghai) to some of the most important businesses in China. They will meet with representatives of companies with local as well as global economic influence in order to study the role that technology and business are playing in this transformation. In order to gain an understanding of the interplay between new and old, students will also visit important sites such as Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Yuyuan Garden (Old City), the Bund, and the Great Wall. A weekend home stay in Beijing is planned to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Students will experience the traditions of Chinese culture while seeing first-hand the impact of technology, modernization, and rapid economic growth on that culture.