Dr. P.V. Viswanath
|Courses / FIN 396T-ECO 375|
Assignments, Spring 2014
Watch the Ted Talks segment of Martin Jacques's Understanding the Rise of China and write one or two pages on your impressions. First explain what he is saying, then tell me whether you agree or disagree and why? Is it necessary to apply different standards to understanding different cultures? Even if there are differences between cultures, is it necessary to conclude that there are different moral yardsticks in understanding different cultures? Do people from different cultures behave differently in the same economic circumstances? Explain.
In a May 2007 interview to Caijing magazine, CBRC Chairman Liu Mingkang highlighted six aspects of systematic reform:
Write a page explaining the importance of these six ideas.
Students will write a brief summary of and present in class, one of the following papers/book chapters, as explained below.
The list of assigned texts are:
We will be reading the entire book during the term. I have divided it into eight sections. Each of these sections will be summarized and a student will make a brief presentation of each of these parts. The student will submit a brief write-up on his section, at least a few days before the presentation, and preferably a week before the presentation. The write-up will first lay out a summary of what the section discusses. The main part of the write-up, though, will be a discussion of what one can learn from the section about the Chinese economy and the Chinese financial system. (We will be discussing what a financial system is, on February 6th, but if you wish, you can go ahead and look over the slides for February 6th, which you can find at http://webpage.pace.edu/pviswanath/class/eco375/eco375.html (click on Course Outline).
Students will sign up for one of the 13 "assigned texts," above and present them according to the schedule in the Course Outline. There are ten students registered for the course and thirteen assigned texts, so in addition to the eight portions from Peter Hessler's book two of the remaining five assigned texts can also be chosen. I would you to email me your choice of one of the assigned texts as soon as possible. Even though you may feel an urge to postpone your presentation date, I would suggest that you don't do so. The Peter Hessler book is easy reading and the early chapters are more narrative than the later ones. As the term progresses, I will, of course, expect more of you in terms of your write-up and your presentation. (We will all read and discuss in class, the three assigned texts that are not chosen by a student.)
The presentation,which should be no more than 15 minutes, will be based on your write-up. The first presentation will be during the second class meeting, so please buy the book as soon as you can. For the student choosing to make the first presentation, if you don't have time to acquire the book and read your portion, you can borrow the book from the library -- I have put it on reserve. The written report and powerpoint slides are due one week before the actual presentation (except for the first presentation, which will be due on the day of the presentation).
You should have two parts to the written report, which should be about 2-5 pages (double-spaced; this is an estimate -- the length is not important, but rather the content):
Make sure that you read and revise your paper after writing it. Provide a layout of the paper and a roadmap for the reader. Make sure your paper flows properly. Make sure the paragraphs relate to each other. Run your paper through a spelling and grammar check. Use the editors at the Writing Center, if necessary.
Students will form a group of from three to five students (in consultation with the instructor) on a finance topic to be selected by the students in consultation with the instructor; they will read a couple of papers, and write a brief paper of no more than five pages (double sided) and make a presentation in class on the topic.
Students will watch this movie and write a brief report of no more than two pages on what they have learnt from the film about the Chinese economy and about the implications for the Chinese financial system. We will discuss this movie in class, as well. Students may want to read an analysis of the film, which can be found online.