About this Course
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This course is intended as a first step for learners who seek to become producers of social science research. It is organized as an introduction to the design and execution of a research study. It introduces the key elements of a proposal for a research study, and explains the role of each. It reviews the major types of qualitative and quantitative data used in social science research, and then introduces some of the most important sources of existing data available freely or by application, worldwide and for China. The course offers an overview of basic principles in the design of surveys, including a brief introduction to sampling. Basic techniques for quantitative analysis are also introduced, along with a review of common challenges that arise in the interpretation of results. Professional and ethical issues that often arise in the conduct of research are also discussed. The course concludes with an introduction to the options for further study available to the interested student, and an overview of the key steps involved in selecting postgraduate programs and applying for admission. Learners who complete the course will be able to make an informed decision about whether to pursue advanced studies, and should be adequately prepared to write an application for postgraduate study that exhibits basic understanding of key aspects of social science research paradigms and methodologies. Explore the big questions in social science and learn how you can be a producer of social science research. Course Overview video: https://youtu.be/QuMOAlwhpvU Part 1 should be completed before taking this course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/social-science-study-chinese-society...
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Designing a Study

Welcome to Social Science Approaches to the Study of Chinese Society Part 2! Part 2 focuses on being a PRODUCER of Social Science Research. Take some time to review the course overview, assignments for this course and say hello in the discussion forum. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 84 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
1.1 Designing a Study3m
1.2 The Research Proposal8m
1.3 Aims13m
1.4 Impact and Significance16m
1.5 Background-Literature Review11m
1.6 Methodology11m
1.7 Data14m
1.8 Summary3m
Reading4 readings
Assignments and grading10m
Suggested Reading List (Optional)10m
Week 1 General Reading List10m
Week 1 Designing a study10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 Designing a study14m

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2 hours to complete

Evidence

Week 2 will discuss the kind sources social scientists use for research. By the end of this week, you should be able to identify some of these major sources and perhaps pinpoint some sources that can be used in your own study....
Reading
10 videos (Total 98 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
2.2 Survey data12m
2.3 Public data10m
2.4. Administrative and archival microdata12m
2.5. Multi-generational microdata11m
2.6 Aggregated data12m
2.7 Sources of aggregated data7m
2.8 Qualitative sources13m
2.9 New sources11m
2.10 Summary2m
Reading1 reading
Week 2 Evidence10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 Evidence14m

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2 hours to complete

Sampling

By the end of Week 3, you should be able to understand why RANDOM SAMPLING is important in a survey, outline the most common approaches to sampling and discuss key considerations when choosing a sampling strategy for your study....
Reading
10 videos (Total 97 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
3.2. Surveys and sampling13m
3.3. Probability sampling12m
3.4. Clustered sampling17m
3.5. Stratification, oversampling13m
3.6. Respondent-driven sampling7m
3.7(a) Conducting a survey - Preparation10m
3.7(b) Conducting a survey - Designing a Questionnaire9m
3.8. Response rates and follow-up7m
3.9. Summary2m
Reading1 reading
Week 3 Sampling10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Sampling14m

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1 hour to complete

Public Data for China

Week 4 discusses major sources of public data available to you. By the end of this week you should be able to describe the opportunities as well as the challenges associated with using publicly available survey data. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 42 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
4.2. China General Social Survey7m
4.3. China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Survey5m
4.4. China Family Panel Studies2m
4.5. China Health and Nutrition Survey3m
4.6. The China Multigenerational Panel Datasets (CMGPD)14m
4.7. Other major datasets4m
4.8. Summary2m
Reading1 reading
Week 4 Public Data for China10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 4 Public Data for China14m

Instructor

Cameron Campbell

Professor of Social Science
Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science

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