Courses

 Cutting-edge courses such as “Multimedia Business Reporting,” “Data Mining,” “Economics and Accounting for Journalists” and “Corporate Strategies” make full use of the school's premier facilities.

Students get practical training in writing about Chinese and international companies and financial instruments such as stocks, bonds and collateralized debt obligations. They learn how macroeconomic concepts such as fiscal and monetary policy affect businesses and individuals.

They create videos, slideshows with sound and graphics that help them tell business stories in multiple dimensions. They do presentations that compare coverage of news events by Chinese and foreign media. They learn to analyze balance sheets and income statements to produce stories that go beneath the surface and explain the meaning of events.

A survey of GBJ alumni found that they placed highest value on their courses in writing and coverage of business and economic issues.

Thesis

Students may elect to complete either a formal academic thesis or a professional journalism portfolio.

Students who choose to write a thesis are required to conduct an independent research project under supervision of a faculty member and produce a paper of no less than 20,000 words.

As an alternative to the thesis, students may submit a portfolio of journalistic work. The portfolio should demonstrate the student’s ability to research and produce a substantial work of news reporting totaling at least 5,000 words along with a description of the development and research involved totaling at least 5,000 words.

Course requirements

This two-year program, taught fully in English, has a minimum requirement of 30 credits for international students.

1. Basic Courses(6 credits required for graduation, 2 credits required for Basic Chinese Language)

Introduction to Mass Communications and
Society in Contemporary China
3 credits
Media Research Methods
2 credits
Intercultural Communication
2 credits
Chinese (compulsory)
2 credits 
Chinese Culture and Society
2 credits
Chinese Philosophy
2 credits
A Comparative Study of Chinese Culture and Society
2 credits

2. Core Courses (12 credits required for graduation)

Business News Writing and Editing
3 credits
Economics and Accounting Basics for Journalists
3 credits
Business News Data Mining and Analysis
3 credits
Multi-media Business Reporting
3 credits

3. Elective Courses (6 credits required for graduation)

Corporate Strategies, Case Studies of Chinese and Global Companies
2 credits
Corporate Communication
2 credits
Workshop on Film and TV Production
2 credits
Hot Topics in the Global Economy
2 credits
Public Speaking
2 credits
Business of Media
2 credits
Public Relations: An Introduction
2 credits
Feature Writing in English
2 credits
Opinion and News Commentary
2 credits
Television News Reporting
 

4. Required Courses(4 credits)

Pro-Seminar for Master Candidates in
Global Business Journalism
1 credit
Thesis Writing Workshops
1 credit
Academic Activity
1 credit
GBJ Internship
1 credit

Courses for 2012-2013 Fall Semester

Course Name Credits Instructor
Workshop on Film and TV Production (E) 2 Jianjun Lei
Economics and Accounting Basics for Journalists (B) 3 Min Hang
Corporate Strategies, Case Studies of Chinese and Global Companies (E) 2 Lee Miller
Business News Writing and Editing (C) 3 Leslie Wayne
Introduction to Mass Communications and Society in Contemporary China (B) 2 Guanpeng Dong
Corporate Communication (E) 2 Hong Fan
Multimedia  Business Reporting (C) 3 James Breiner

Courses for 2012-2013 Spring Semester

Course Name Credits Instructor
Multi-media Business Reporting (C) 3 James Breiner
Business News Data Mining and Analysis (C) 3 Lee J.miller
Hot Topics in the Global Economy (E) 2 Kiyul Chung
Feature Writing in English (E) 2 James Breiner, Yan Huang
Media Research Methods (B) 2 Jia Lu
Business of Media (E) 2 Phil Willet
Intercultural Communication (B) 2 Hong Fan

(B)-- Basic Course
(C)-- Core Course
(E)-- Elective Course