The School of Marxism of Sanda University, formerly known as the Department of Social Sciences, was established in September 2017, and currently has 37 full-time and part-time faculty members including 6 full professors, 18 associate professors, 16 doctoral degree holders, and 15 master degree holders. The School has 5 departments of Principles of Marxism , An Introduction to Mao Zedong Thought and the Theoretical System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics , An Outline of Modern and Contemporary Chinese History , Ideological and Moral Cultivation and Legal Foundation, and Situation and Policy, 2 research institutes of “China's Fine Traditional Culture” and “Confucianism”, and Yujunzhi Studio, a studio of Shanghai Higher Education Institution Famous Teacher of Ideological and Political Courses. Dr. Longbao Shao, professor and Dean of the Department was selected and awarded as a Famous Teacher of Ideological and Political Education in Shanghai in 2019.
The School of Marxism, as a key program construction unit, is devoted to constantly promote the reform of teaching methods of ideological and political theory courses, explores the approaches of reform for the enhancement of teaching effectiveness concept, content system and methods, and build an excellent teaching team that combines teaching with scientific research, and with full-time and part-time faculty members cooperating and complementing each other tacitly. The characteristic of the discipline construction of the School of Marxism is to focus on the combination of the latest achievements of the Sinicization of Marxism and the excellent traditional Chinese culture. The School, taking curriculum construction and teaching reform as the leading factors, is committed to combining teaching reform and curriculum construction with teaching academic research and theoretical academic research. The Department has determined the research direction of the 4 courses offered and already made some achievements in terms of a series of academic papers and others, such as the Ideological Value of Confucianism in the Construction of Human Destiny Community, Chinese Citizen Personality Education: Seven-level Framework Structure and its Construction Path, the Connotation, Characteristics and Inheritance Development of Cultural Self-Confidence, the Goal, Essence and Method of Xunzi's Educational Thought. The teaching reform of Ideological and political education has achieved remarkable results, Ideological and Moral Cultivation and Legal Fundamentals is a Shanghai Municipal Excellent Course in Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning, and Introduction to Mao Zedong Thought and Theoretical System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics is a Key Course of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission. The School faculty members, while strengthening classroom teaching and learning, have led students to visit Mao Zedong's Former Residence and Memorial Hall, Eighteen-Cavern Village - Typical Example of Targeted Poverty Alleviation, Jinggang Mountain, Jiaxing Nanhu, and other places to conduct ideological and political theory course of social practice study and investigation activities, expanded new ways of ideological and political teaching and learning, and produced a good number of social practice achievements combined with ideological and political course. In recent years, the School faculty members have made remarkable achievements such as having published more than 20 papers, presided over more than 10 research projects on moral practical education in Shanghai education institutions, won 4 awards for excellent papers, and published 5 books (including textbooks). Professor Shao Longbao's Chinese and Western Wisdom and Personality Construction was published by People's Publishing House in 2020, and was selected by the Chinese Ministry of Education into the “Research Library of Ideological and Political Works for Institutions of Higher Learning.” The course construction of Hongyi China (strong and tenacious), a Chinese series of ideological and political selective courses and 4 courses of Marxist Theory (except the course of Situation and Policy) have been already completed, and the theoretical and practical research on online and offline hybrid teaching mode is currently well under way. The School encourages its faculty members to constantly improve the ability of teaching and scientific research through a series of academic seminars such as Marxism Sinicization and Chinese Excellent Traditional Culture, Chinese Excellent Traditional Culture and the Humanistic Quality Cultivation of University Students', and Personality Education of College Students from the Perspective of Ideological and Political Curriculum, and a series of activities such as the invitation to well-known scholars and experts of Marxism, philosophical ethics, international politics, international relations, Party history, Party building, law, sociology, and education from the United States, Russia, Fudan University, Jiaotong University, East China Normal University, Shanghai Municipal Party School and others to come to Sanda University to give lectures, reports and presentations to the students and faculty members so as to broaden the teaching and research information channels and develop the enlightenment of thinking.
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