Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016 MAIS Thesis Defense Topics

At the end of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s academic year, MAIS students defended their theses to their chosen thesis adviser, as well as other HNC faculty members. While at the HNC, MAIS students declare a concentration area from among the five different areas of study offered: Chinese Studies; International Politics; International Economics; International and Comparative Law; and Energy, Resources and Environment. At the end of their two years of study, international MAIS students are required to write and orally defend a thesis in Chinese which relates to their chosen concentration area, while Chinese MAIS students complete their thesis in English. To help prepare for the thesis writing process, international MAIS students choose a thesis adviser from among the Chinese faculty members. In addition, MAIS students participate in thesis prep courses to learn about different research techniques, and to discover how their thesis topic might relate to a wider range of Sino-global relations.

Below are some examples of different thesis topics, which cover a diverse selection of research areas, presented by MAIS '16 students:
  • US-China Trade Disputes in the WTO
  • Development of American Football in China
  • Sub-Sexualities in Rural China
  • Chinese Attitudes on the Modern Medicine Approach of “Whole Person Care”
  • Factor Decomposition of China’s Wine Import Growth
  • Analysis of the PostSunflower Movement Social Thought
  • Political Hurdles to Photovoltaic Electricity  Generation in China

To learn more about the HNC MAIS thesis, check out this post to hear from MAIS alumni about the challenges and successes they encountered throughout the process.