New Course and Paid Internship – Philanthropy in China

E350/E505/PHST-P 530

Instructors: Scott Kennedy, Associate Professor, Departments of Political Science and EALC, and Director, Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business.  Angela Bies, Associate Professor and Director of International Programs,
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Time: Fridays, 9:00-11:30 am

Location (IUB students): Wendell W. Wright Building (Education), Room 1002

In the Spring 2014 semester, we are offering the country’s only class on China’s emerging philanthropic sector.  Topics will include global philanthropy trends, Chinese philanthropy in historical perspective, China’s contemporary civil society, transnational philanthropy in China, the regulatory environment, foundations and NGOs, corporate philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility.  These issues will be addressed through broad overviews and case studies using scholarly studies, industry reports, primary materials, and documentaries.  Requirements include consistent attendance, an average of 100 pages of weekly reading, several short papers, a group project, and a longer research paper.  There are no prerequisites for this course, but students are encouraged to have had a previous course on philanthropy, modern Chinese history, or contemporary Chinese society.  Graduate students and advanced undergraduates are welcome to enroll in this course.  IU-Bloomington students should enroll in E350/E505 as appropriate, and IUPUI students should enroll in PHST-P 530.

Students enrolled in the course are eligible to participate in a paid internship program in China for the 2014 summer.  Students will be placed with a Chinese NGO or foundation for 6-8 weeks.  Interns’ travel and living costs will be fully covered, and they will also receive a stipend.

The course and internship program are part of IU’s Initiative on Philanthropy in China, which is being carried out by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business.  The broader initiative is supported by funding from the Henry Luce Foundation and Ford Foundation.  For further information, contact Professor Kennedy ( or Professor Bies (


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