Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Management, Education and Social Science (ICMESS 2017)

A Comparison of the Chinese and American Undergraduate Syllabi in Regard to Their Content and Style

Authors
Zhencong Liu, Tong Jia
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Zhencong Liu
Available Online June 2017.
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Keywords
syllabus components; syllabus style; course syllabus; undergraduate syllabus; comparison of syllabi
Abstract
This paper aims to compare the Chinese and American syllabi for undergraduates in regard to their content and style. 36 syllabi of various majors in different universities were collected and compared. It was found that the common components in both Chinese and American syllabi are heading, course introduction, course aim, course requirements, textbook, course plan, teaching methods, homework and assessment, etc. The special components for American syllabi are academic integrity and course evaluation. As for style, the American syllabi are more self-contained and resourceful than their counterparts. With higher standards, they are also more specific, operational and practical. Their teaching methods are more flexible and interactive. Their assessments are various, evenly distributing through the whole semester while the Chinese syllabi depend more on the final exam. The American undergraduate syllabi are more morality-oriented while their Chinese counterparts are more skill-driven.
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Proceedings
2017 International Conference on Management, Education and Social Science (ICMESS 2017)
Part of series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
June 2017
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978-94-6252-348-7
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icmess-17.2017.55How to use a DOI?
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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