he Chinese Politics, Law and Culture Project of the Shanghai Summer School (3S for short) is a scholarship project funded by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and carried out by our school. Since 2016, it has been held on Changning campus, lasting four weeks from June to July every year, and is mainly oriented towards students from countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative. The 3S class is centered around Chinese legal political thought and legal political culture, combining lectures, discussions, and student exhibitions with cultural tours and visits. This enables students to learn and analyse the comparisons between different institutions and cultures.
In 2019, our school enrolled 22 3S students who came from 10 schools and 1 organization (the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) across 10 countries.
The Chinese Political and Legal Culture Summer Program is a summer practice program targeted at overseas college students. The program’s main objective is to "seek the source of Chinese cultural thought, and practice contemporary political and legal culture." The project is taught in English, and its goal is to promote neighboring countries, through sharing Chinese culture and thought with foreign students for them to follow. In particular, it also seeks out elite young people from countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative to inspire confidence in China's democratic society, and its fair and safe trading environment. This comes in the context of China’s increasingly frequent foreign economic and trade exchanges, and the lack of a proper understanding of China’s democratic rule of law among the international community.
From the origins of pictographic characters to the dispute between Confucianists and Legalists, from marriage traditions to dramatic literature, the cultural thoughts formed in China since ancient times exhibit the rule of law and the spirit of contract, passed down the generations by the Chinese nation. Today, China has made continuous efforts in state governance and in its society under rule of law. These efforts, alongside the rich results they have achieved, did not appear out of thin air, but are in fact a result of the inheritance of Chinese cultural thought.
The program provides an introduction to, and practical application of, Chinese cultural thought, which international students have found both enjoyable and interesting. This is accompanied with the opportunity to personally experience democratic politics and legal practice in contemporary Shanghai. The program attempts to demonstrate to these overseas students the real results achieved by the implementation of the current Chinese social governance and legal system, and establish a positive image of China’s society under the rule of law.
(1) Classroom teaching modules:
1. The tradition and historical origin of the Chinese legal system
2. Discussing the written word: Exploring the "rule of morality and law and the spirit of contract" in Chinese characters
3. Viewing Chinese political and legal civilization from the perspective of the family and marriage etiquette system
4. Analysis of Politics, Law and Culture in Drama
5. Overview of China's contemporary legal system
6. Overview of China's contemporary rule of law
(2) Practical and investigation modules:
1. Trip to the Shanghai Museum
2. Calligraphy experience class
3. Trip to the Museum of Traditional Wedding Customs
4. Watching a theatrical performance
5. Court visit
6. Visits to top law firms in Shanghai
(3) Team work module:
Graduate students majoring in political science and law have volunteered to join each team on the program to form small working groups with the international students. Each group will have to show their results from the program, combining the project curriculum with the practical classes, by giving presentations and sitting exams. After returning to their home schools, students from cooperating colleges and universities are encouraged to give a talk to their school teachers and students discussing the results of the project.