LSe-PKU Summer school
In addition to my primary teaching responsibilities in London, I also teach a course on Chinese social organisations in Beijing at the LSE-Peking University Summer School. Over two intensive weeks each August, students learn about the context within which NGOs have emerged in China, and how they adapt to changing political, economic and legal environments.
The course exemplifies the best of my research-led teaching: lectures draw directly from my extensive research and published works on the topic. The course also demonstrates the high value I place on teaching-led research: with the study of Chinese NGOs still relatively new, there remain many unasked, and unanswered, questions. The extended, creative, and thought-provoking conversations I have with students during the summer school have helped inform many of my current research projects.
While the course is designed for advanced undergraduates and postgrads, we invite all to apply. In the past, the class has included students who recently completed their bachelors degrees, those beginning master's studies, doctoral students, and mid-career professionals in government, law, and business.
In Beijing I am assisted by my incredibly talented PhD student Jessica Ng who is currently engaged in comparative research on NGO development and organisational evolution. Jessica consistently receives some of the highest teaching assistant evaluations in the summer school and is a favourite of our students.
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Previous students have shared their impressions of the course:
"As a professional working with NGOs and social enterprises, I would highly recommend this course to anyone including other professionals seeking to gain an understanding of the economic and political context in which these organisations work in China. Dr Hildebrandt was an expert facilitator and his cross-cultural and first-hand experience really brought out the fascinating different perspectives in the classroom. Being with classmates from around the world was a real highlight and enhanced the immersive experience of the course." Jon Cheung, Principal Prolegis Lawyers, Australia
“From NGOs to Social Enterprises: Chinese Social Organizations in Local and Global Governance surpassed all my expectations for a short summer course on such a complex topic and prepared me for my subsequent master’s degree in the field of public administration. The breadth and depth of work covered by both Professor Hildebrandt and our tremendously talented TA, was astounding given the compressed time frame. Professor Hildebrandt’s interactive seminar style of teaching was most conducive to the pace of the program and promoted inter-student learning, which was particularly beneficial given the diversity of perspectives and experiences of students in the program. His subject matter expertise in the field of social organizations in the Chinese context also cannot be understated, and it was truly a tremendous privilege to learn from him on this ever-evolving topic. Moreover, the ability of both Professor and TA to convey complex theories to a class with varying levels of knowledge about the topic and associated literature was remarkable. Regardless of your academic and professional background, students can expect to leave the class with a strong understanding of theories and literature from many disciplines including sociology, international relations, and political science; as they relate to the workings of NGOs and social enterprises in the Chinese context. I would highly recommend this class to anyone remotely interested in learning more about NGOs, the Chinese economic and political context, or LGBT rights; you will not be disappointed. Like most exceptional classes, be prepared to leave with more unanswered questions and to truly broaden the scope of your thinking in relation to the topic and China!” Jadey Huray, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, USA
"This course was specifically designed for satisfying students’ needs to explore the function of NGOs including but not limited to the Chinese perspective. It discovered the roles of NGOs in the development of civil society, which fascinated students by providing a complete outline of recent scholarship in this field. It personally expanded my horizons to understand the state of the Chinese polity not only from the view of NGOs, but also from some of the unusual issues in China such as LGBT. I think the unique methodology and a comparative global perspective from this course prepare me well to connect my own research in social history and Dr Hildebrandt’s research. Both the lectures from Dr Hildebrandt and the Teaching Assistant were inspiring and interacting. ." Junyi Zhang (Simon), Nankai University, China