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School of Marxism

Date:2021-06-22    Author:     Source:    ClickTimes:

The School of Marxism (School of Humanities)


The School of Marxism (School of Humanities)founded in 1978can trace it origin back to the Marxism-Leninism Theory Teaching Section in 1978. In 1986, it was named Department of Social Sciences. In 1999, it changed its name again into Department of Social Sciences and Humanities. Six years later, the undergraduate program of Law was launched. Then in June, 2013, it changed its name into the School of Marxism. As time goes by, it grows into a school with three departments, including the Department of Ideological and Political Theory, the Department of Law and the Department of Liberal Arts Education. In September 2018, it started to enroll students majoring in Intellectual Property.


Currently, we have 35 faculty members, including 6 professors, 13 associate professors. Among them, five have acquired Doctors’ Degree and two are Ph.D. candidates. A number of teachers have been granted special government allowance and selected for New Century Talents Project by the government of Hubei Province. Some teachers have been honored as Outstanding Teacher of Party Construction and Ideological Education, Young and Middle-aged Marxism Theorist, Shiyan Experts with Outstanding Contribution, and Young and Middle-aged Top Talents of Shiyan City.

Over the past five years, we have been working relentlessly to improve our standard of teaching and research. In August 2018, we are accredited as the Model Base for Ideological and Political Theory Pedagogy by the Education Department of Hubei Province. In April 2021, the Mingde Research Center for Ideological and Political Education was established and identified as a model base. In August 2021, the discipline cluster “Wudang Culture and Tourism” initiated by us was selected as the 14th  Five-Year Key Discipline Cluster by the Education Department of Hubei Province.

Teaching and Learning

We uphold the principle of student-centered education and intends to provide our students with a high-standard learning environment. Over the past few years, we have conducted a series of teaching reform, including adopting the new teaching mode of PAD class (i.e. the teaching mode of Presentation-Assimilation-Discussion), and training-oriented curriculum. We have also promoted the ideological and morality education reform, as well as taken Wudang Culture as a part of our curriculum.

Our practice and research on teaching reform proved to be fruitful. In the past five years, we have completed more than 10 provincial research projects on teaching reform. The course of Introduction to Wudang Culture has been listed as one of the High-quality Online Open Course of Hubei Province. Our research on “New Mode of Ideological and Moral Education of College Students in the Age of We-media” won a Third-prize in The 8th Teaching Achievement Award of Hubei Province. In 2020, Two of our courses have been listed as “First-class Course of Hubei Province”.

Academic Achievements and Social Service

In recent years, we have made great breakthrough in academic research. We have established two Provincial four reginal research centers, including the Wudang Culture Research and Communication Center of Hubei Province, the  Hubei Intellectual Property Training Center (Shiyan City), the Local Legislation Research Center, the Intangible Cultural Heritage Center, the Procuratorial Theory and Practice Research Center. We also established the Wudang Taoism Culture Research Institute and Intellectual Property Research Institute.

Over the past five years, we have completed more than 200 research projects. Among them, ten are funded by the provincial and central government, two are funded by the National Social Science Fund of China. And our research fund has reached 100, 000 Yuan. We published over 20 monographs, and 200 journal articles, including 40 core journal articles. We have also won more than 100 research awards.

To provide the community with social service we have established several organizations, including the Shiyan-HUAT Joint Legal Aid Center, Hubei Association of Wudang Culture Research, People's Mediation Committee for Intellectual Property Rights of Shiyan.

Mission and Goal

The School of Marxism is grounded in the principles of the liberal arts and committed to developing ethically centered, intellectually versatile and globally fluent citizens who create innovative solutions to social, and legal challenges. We demonstrate social responsibility in meeting the educational and professional needs of our community, our nation and the world.

Department of Law

The Department of Law currently has 10 full-time teachers, including 5 senior professors, and 5 visiting professors. To facilitate teaching and research, we have set up a Moot Court, and a Library with a collection of 20,000 books and more than 30 academic journals.  

By working closely with local law firms and judicial branches, we established a series of training bases for internship. For years, we have been exploring better and more effective modes of teaching, and have achieved remarkable progress.

We encourage our students to participate in various competitions. Our students have won more than 10 state and provincial level awards in competitions, such as “Challenge Cup”, Summer Social Work Practice in Rural Settings, the “Miji Lawyer Cup” Legal Practice Competition.

At the same time, we strive to improve the students’ comprehensive ability and awareness of social responsibility by setting up several Legal Aid Workstation and Legal Service Center, etc. Our students have engaged in various forms of dissemination of legal knowledge and legal service.

In 2016, Our legal aid workstation won the award of Outstanding National Legal Aid Workstation, and was praised by the Ministry of Law.

Ever since its establishment, the Department of Law have delivered more than 1000 legal workers. Most of our alumni are employed by legal departments of the government, and many of our students are admitted to renowned universities for graduate programs. With their solid professional knowledge, strong practical ability, and hard-working spirit, they are highly praised and recommended by the labor market.

Hubei Intellectual Property Training Base (Shiyan)

Founded in April 2015, the Hubei Intellectual Property Training Base (Shiyan) is the first provincial base approved by Intellectual Property Bureau of Hubei Province.

As an institution aiming at proving various social service related to intellectual property, we have undertaken a series of research and training projects committed by the provincial and local government. At the same time, we have established five divisions in Zhangwan District, Yunyang District, Maojiang District, Fangxian County, and Wuhan Economic Development Zone. For the past several years, we have organized over 50 training sessions, provided legal consultation service for 24 high-tech enterprises, and trained over 6000 people.  

Our work and social service have been widely acknowledged. In 2016, we are honored as “Outstanding National Intellectual Property Talent Training Institution”. In 2017, we are recognized as A-Level” in the first round of construction assessment of the provincial base. In 2018, Dong Wenbo, Executive Deputy Director of the Base, was awarded the title of “Outstanding National Individual in Intellectual Property Talent Training”.

Center for Wudang Culture Research and Communication

The Center for Wudang Culture Research and Communication can trace its history to 1999, when the Wudang Culture Research Institute was established and have published a series of research works, such as General Histroy of Shiyan. In 2015, based on its academic heritage, the Center for Wudang Culture Research and Communication was established. In October 2016, the Center was accredited as Key Research Center for Humanities by the Government of Hubei Province. Currently, the Center has a collection of 10,000 books and covers an area of 200 m2.

We have more than 20 full-time and part-time researchers and have employed more than 10 renowned professors to work as visiting scholars and for academic lectures and exchange.

In the past five years, we have undertaken more than 30 projects such as the National Social Science Fund, the Ministry of Education Humanities and Social Science Fund, and the Provincial Social Science Fund. Our researchers have published more than 10 academic monographs, and over 10 papers in important core journals such as World Religion Studies, Religion Studies, Chinese Taoism, etc. Professor Yang Lizhi, researcher and Director of the Center, has published several monographs and more than 100 papers, including A Brief History of Wudang Daoism, Basics of Wudang Culture. His research has great impact on the academia both home and abroad.

We have been working closely with the local governemtn and Wudang Daoism Association for the research and communication of Wudang Culture. The research and promotion of Wudang culture has been carried out in cooperation with many units inside and outside the city for academic research, decision-making consultation, cultural creativity and publicity. Our work in the 4th International Taoist Forum was highly recognized by the municipal party committee and the municipal government. The center was awarded the title of “Outstanding Contributors”. Professor Yang Lizhi, the Director of the Center, was award with Merit Citation Class Ⅱ.