Department of Political Theory Teaching and Research (DPTTR), Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics (ZUFE), was founded to facilitate the teaching and research of political theory, Marxism and philosophy. The whole staff of the Department is mainly responsible for academic research, administration and teaching, of the political theory courses for postgraduates, undergraduates and adult education. DPTTR, ZUFE develops from the Teaching and Research Section, which was founded in 1983 and became an independent second level management college in April 2013. At present, Prof. Hua Zhengxue is the Dean of the Department, and Prof. He Liyu, is the Deputy Dean and Deputy Secretary of Party General Branch.
The teaching organization of DPTTR, based on the framework of four courses of ideology and political theory issued by the central government, consists of 4 sections, namely Teaching and Research Section of Marxist Basic Principle, Teaching and Research Section of System of Theories of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, Teaching and Research Section of Outline of Chinese Modern History, Situation and Policy, and Teaching and Research Section of Cultivation of Ethic Thought and Basis of Laws. The research organization of DPTTR, based on academic disciplines, consists of 4 research centers, namely Research Center of Ethics, of Marxism Sinicization Study, of Ideology and Political Education, of Mental Health Counseling for College Students. Other Committees of the Department include Administration Committee, Professors’ Committee, Academic Committee and Degree Branch Committee. There are now 32 faculty members, among whom 30 are full-time teachers, including 10 professors, 13 associate professors, 17 doctors and 10 masters. Quite a number of staff members in DPTR are now undertaking Director Positions in Provincial Academic Communities or Communities of Higher Levels.
DPTTR is responsible for all teaching tasks of the political theory courses for undergraduates and public political education for postgraduates. Among these courses, Cultivation of Ethic Thought and Basis of Law is a Provincial Excellent Course, and 3 courses are University Excellent Courses. To provide a better guidance for college students’ development, staff in DPTTR offers a series of optional courses for all students in ZUFE. Courses of DPTTR are always most popular and spoken highly of by all the students for its political orientation, theoretical informativeness, and practical teaching methodology. The average score of Teaching Appraisal by Students in DPTTR has always been one of the highest. DPTTR has well played a role as a major channel and main force for college students’ education.
There are three key academic disciplines in DPTTR, Ethics, Marxism Sinicization Study, Ideology and Political Education. The disciplines of Ethics, Marxism Sinicization Study have been entitled to award the Master degrees. Ethics is the only A Level key discipline in Zhejiang Province. Marxism Sinicization Study, Ideology and Political Education are ZUFE key disciplines. In recent years, teachers from DPTTR have published over 280 articles in authoritative and core journals such as Philosophical Researches, Xinhua Digest, Chinese Social Science Digest, Social Science Front, Morality and Civilization, Guangming Daily: Theory Weekly and Zhejiang Academic Journal. The faculty members also have undertaken over 50 research projects, including 4 National Social Science Planning Projects of China and, 24 Provincial and Ministry Social Science Planning Projects. The staff has won over 20 awards of all levels including the Provincial and Ministerial awards, among which are 1 first prize and 2 second prizes of Outstanding Achievement of Provincial Universities’ Humanities and Social Science. Since the enrollment of masters in 2007, the two MA programs have developed their research orientation with distinctive features and their advantageous research teams.
The master program in Ethics covers three research fields: Public Ethics, Western and Chinese Ethics Thought and Economic Ethics Research. The master program in Marxism Sinicization Study includes Theoretical and Practical Study of Sinicized Marxism Anthroponomy, Study of General Achievements in Marxism Sinicization, and Study of Sinicization of Marxism Political Theory. A series of high quality research and disciplinary construction achievements have been made in the above mentioned research fields. Therefore DPTTR has an increasing impact on the academic fields both in China and abroad.
In the future, DPTTR, in accordance with the overall development and central tasks of ZUFE, will set its objective to develop the School into “the center of College Students’ Ideology and Political Theory Education of ZUFE, Marxism Theory Research center of ZUFE, High Level Marxism Theoretical Researchers Development Center, Mental Health Counseling Center for College Students, and Center for the scholars interested in Marxism Theoretical Study”. DPTTR will focus on the construction of its four teaching groups, three academic disciplines and two master programmes, and will be built into a secondary teaching department with sufficient faculty members, well-structured age, optimized degrees and disciplines, determined political position, excellent teaching quality and academic achievements.