The School of Arts & Law is one of the first and largest teaching departments of the Open University of China (OUC). The Arts Department, which was founded in 1979 with the establishment of OUC, was the predecessor of the present School of Arts & Law. In 1995, the Arts Department was renamed the Department of Arts and Law, and in August 2007, the School of Arts & Law.
The School officers are Vice Deans Ye Zhihong and Gu Xiaohua.
The School of Arts & Law consists of three departments and two sections, which are the Department of Law, the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, the Department of Public Management, the Teaching and Research Division of Communication and the Teaching and Research Division of Marxism-Leninism. Chairs of the departments and sections are Wang Xiaomin, Li Ping, Zhao Juqiang, Yan Shuoqin, and Wang Daojun.
There are 28 full-time staff members in the School of Arts & Law, including 5 professors and 12 associate professors. In addition to the full-time staff, there is one part-time professor and 4 part-time associate professors who are full-time elsewhere in other departments of the University. They work together with hundreds of chief editors and course presenters recruited from conventional universities and other institutions, and tens of thousands of full-time and part-time tutors in the open universities in China to implement the teaching and learning support task.
Since the start of the "Pilot Programme for Reform on Talent Cultivation Mode and Open Education" in 1999, the School of Arts & Law has, independently or respectively, maintained collaboration with other universities and institutions in the development of degree and diploma programmes in accordance with the needs of social development. The collaborators include China University of Political Science, Peking University, Wuhan University, Communication University of China, Xinjiang University, the Supreme People's Procuratorate of the People's Republic of China, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People's Republic of China, and the People's Liberation Army General Staff Headquarters. There are 5 jointly-created open entrance degree programmes, which are Law (Administrative Law, Uighur-Mandarin Bilingual Law), Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese Language, Administration and Advertising. The 5 diploma programmes are Law (Military Law, Prosecution, Uighur-Mandarin Bilingual Law), Administration, Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese Language, Advertising (Advertising Design and Production, Advertising Marketing).
Over the three decades of teaching and research, the School of Arts & Law has invited a considerable number of senior professors and scholars from conventional universities who are rich in teaching experience to work as chief editors and course presenters, among whom are: the well-known jurist Sun Guohua, constitutional law scholars Xu Chongde and Wu Jialin, civil jurists Jiang Ping and Wang Liming, criminal law experts Gao Mingxuan and Zhao Bingzhi, marriage and family law jurist Wu Changzhen, litigation law expert Fan Chongyi, civil and commercial law expert Wang Weiguo, legal history experts Pu Jian and Zhang Jinfan, administrative law expert Luo Haocai; the famous linguist Wang Li, scholar and artist Qi Gong, expert in comparative literature Le Daiyun, ancient literature expert Yuan Xingpei, film director Zheng Dongtian; the well-known political scientist Xu Datong, political science and administration experts Wang Puqu, Zhang Chenfu and Qi Mingshan, sociology expert Zhou Xiaozheng; leading ethicist Luo Guojie, expert of Marxist theory Chen Zhan'an, as well as well-known experts in the advertising field Chen Peiai, Ma Mouchao, Ding Junjie, Lu Shengzhang, Ni Ning, Zhang Jinhai, Dong Lijin, Peng Jixiang, Lin Hua, and others.
The School of Arts & Law has produced a large number of excellent learning resources, including the History of the Chinese Legal System, Labor Law, and International Law, which are the top-rank National Excellent Courses, and Contract Law, Commercial Law, International Economic Law, and Private International Law, which are quality courses in the open universities system. The text materials, audio-visual materials, and web-based material of a number of courses have won awards at various levels. The History of Chinese Legal System, which is a National Quality Course and honored as an "arts curriculum model" for course design, has won the Asia Digital Teaching Achievement Award and the National Electronic Publication Award given by the General Administration of Press and Publication of the People's Republic of China. The Art of Calligraphy and Calligraphy Lectures for Senior Citizens have won the National Award for Outstanding Audio-Visual Programmes. In 2002, the coursebooks of Contract Law and of Mass Communications won the second prize in the National Award for Outstanding Teaching Materials given by the Ministry of Education. These resources not only provide considerable help to the open universities' students but also have been used in many conventional colleges and universities.
While laying emphasis on teaching, the School of Arts & Law also attaches great importance to research. Equal attention is paid both to distance education research and academic research, and our efforts have produced fruitful results. In the past two decades, the teachers of the Faculty of Arts & Law have had hundreds of papers published at home and abroad, and a number of widely influential academic works published. Zuo Commentary and the Chinese Classical Novel by Professor Sun Luyi has been regarded as one of the macro study classics of Zuo Commentary. A Complete Collection of Imperial Seals in Ancient China, edited by Professor Wu Hongqing, is the first chronologically-compiled reference book on imperial seals.
Over the past three decades, the School of Arts & Law has educated and trained tens of thousands of professionals for China. Since autumn 1999 to autumn 2008, a total of 446,640 undergraduate students and 319,159 diploma students have graduated from its open education programmes. A total of 402,834 undergraduate students and 594,562 diploma students are currently enrolled. A large number of graduates from the Faculty of Arts & Law have become outstanding talents in various sectors of society, among whom are Jiang Zhanlin, the Fourth of China's Ten Most Outstanding Young People, the first grade hero in national public security, Chief of the Public Security Bureau of Ministry of Railways; Wang Jinping, Vice President of "Prosecution Daily"; Jiang Kun, a well-known comic performer; Bi Shumin, a famous writer; and Tian Er, who won the Lu Xun Literature Award. They have made outstanding achievements in their respective fields and made great contributions to the economic and cultural development of the country, and have received a wide range of social recognition and acclaim.
Add: 75 Fuxing Road, School of Arts & Law, The Open University of China,
Beijing, 100039, P.R.China
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