Business and Culture Along the Silk Roads
Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 quarters
Good training in business management and cultural competence are essential requirements for the development of successful and sustainable enterprises. This program will focus on the interconnections between business, economy, and culture, with a specific application to trade, cultural exchange, and community development along the Silk Roads.
For centuries, the ancient Silk Roads moved ideas and goods between the great civilizations of Asia, Pacific Rim, the Middle East, and the New World. From the time of Marco Polo and Genghis Khan to Yo Yo Ma, the Silk Roads have connected empires and fostered the development of music, art, religion, and commerce. In this program we will study contemporary and historical Silk Roads to envision sustainable commerce of Silk Roads in the future. We will develop learning, skills, and practical knowledge that are necessary to provide a strong foundation and vision for understanding the business and economic development potential of selected cultures along the Silk Roads. We will examine how developing commerce of Pacific Rim can impact the economic future of Washington State. We will learn about international trade, socially responsible enterprises, and intercultural communication. We will learn about the use of money and alternative business financing models. The program will be foundational for forming business pathways to move toward greater cultural, economic, and environmental sustainability.
In fall quarter, we will learn the skills necessary for understanding the historical, cultural, and economic significance of Silk Roads and for creating a sustainable business plan. Our study in fall quarter will include learning about community resources, business economics, and social/business enterprises along the Silk Roads. In winter quarter we will learn about intercultural communication, alternative business financing models, leadership, and application of business skills in non-profit and corporate enterprises. Winter quarter will also provide an opportunity for selected students to travel on Silk Roads to China and Vietnam with faculty members Thuy Vu and Hirsh Diamant to study business, economy, culture, and education there. (Students traveling abroad can earn 12 credits.) In spring quarter we will work on practical application of acquired skills in intercultural leadership, international trade, marketing, and developing sustainable applications of students’ business plans.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Evening and Weekend
Advertised schedule: 5:30-9p Wed; 9a-5p Sat (fall: TBA, winter: TBA); plus a two day field trip to LaPush on Sat/Sun, Nov 15, 16; plus the Lunar Year Year/Tai Ji celebration Fri/Sat/Sun, Feb 20 (6-9p), Feb 21, 22 (10a-5p)