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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

What is social science?

Welcome to Social Science Approaches to the Study of Chinese Society Part 1! Part 1 focuses on being a CONSUMER of social science research. Take some time to review the Course Overview video and the assignments for this course. In Week 1, we will explore What is Social Science. By the end of this week, you will be able to understand the differences between social science from humanities, natural and life sciences, outline the origins of social science and have a grasp of key definitions and terms....
8 videos (Total 36 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
1.1 Overview2m
1.2 Why social science is a science6m
1.3 Theory and evidence in social science7m
1.4 The origins of social science4m
1.5 Social science as a new way to study society3m
1.6 Differences between social science and other disciplines7m
1.7 Summary1m
4 readings
Assignments & Grading3m
Suggested Reading List (Optional)10m
Week 1 General Reading List10m
Week 1 Classics Reading List10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 - What is social science?14m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

The Big Questions

In Week 2, we will focus on The Big Questions. By the end of this week, you should have some sense of the range of questions that are the focus of much social science research. The next week, Week 3, will expand on China specific research....
7 videos (Total 39 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
2.2 Inequality5m
2.3 Family7m
2.4 Social context and individual outcomes9m
2.5 Divergence7m
2.6 Political and social change3m
2.7 Summary2m
1 reading
Week 2 The Big Questions Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 - The Big Questions14m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Social Science Research on China

In Week 3, we will focus on Social Science Research on China. By the end of this week, you should have some sense of major topics in current social science research on China....
7 videos (Total 44 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
3.2 Change and continuity7m
3.3 Family8m
3.4 Population aging5m
3.5 Migration4m
3.6 Education, Health, and Wellbeing11m
3.7 Summary3m
1 reading
Week 3 Social Science Research on China Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 - Social science research on China14m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

The Social Science Disciplines

In Week 4, we will focus on The Social Science Disciplines. By the end of this week, you should have a better understanding of the emphases of each of the major social science disciplines, and the differences between the disciplines....
7 videos (Total 59 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
4.2 Sociology15m
4.3 Political Science14m
4.4 Economics13m
4.5 Anthropology6m
4.6 Other disciplines5m
4.7 Summary1m
1 reading
Week 4 Social Science Disciplines Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 - Social science disciplines14m
Week
5
1 hour to complete

Study Designs

In Week 5, we will focus on Study Designs. By the end of this week, you should understand the differences between the most common types of study, and have some sense of the settings in which each is most relevant....
8 videos (Total 59 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
5.2 What is a study?9m
5.3 Experimental and observational studies5m
5.4 Cross-sectional studies7m
5.4 Longitudinal studies15m
5.6 Qualitative and quantitative studies10m
5.7 Macro and micro studies6m
5.8 Summary2m
1 reading
Week 5 Study Designs Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Week 5 Study Designs14m
Week
6
1 hour to complete

Challenges

In Week 6, we will focus on Challenges. By the end of this week, you should be able to have a better understanding of key challenges to interpreting results from social science research, and be able to reflect on potential problems with study design....
8 videos (Total 61 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
6.2 Representativeness9m
6.3 Selection bias12m
6.4 Omitted variables8m
6.5 Reverse causality2m
6.6 The ecological fallacy9m
6.7 Validity of measures10m
6.8 Summary2m
1 reading
Week 6 Causation vs Correlation10m
1 practice exercise
Week 6 - Challenges14m
Week
7
2 hours to complete

Cause and Effect

In Week 7, we will focus on Cause and Effect. By the end of this week, you should understand the basic approaches that social scientists follow in trying to establish that an observed relationship reflects cause and effect....
8 videos (Total 71 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
7.2 Experimental designs14m
7.3 Cause and effect in observational studies7m
7.4 Control variables12m
7.5 Natural/quasi experiments14m
7.6 Instrumental variables7m
7.7 Matching approaches9m
7.8 Summary1m
1 reading
Week 7 Measuring Causal Relationships10m
1 practice exercise
Week 7 - Cause and effect14m
Week
8
2 hours to complete

Final Exam

You've reached the final exam week! Complete the final exam and post-course survey. Your feedback can help us improve future iterations of the course. Good luck on the exam and hope to see you in Social Science Approaches Part 2. https://www.coursera.org/learn/social-science-research-chinese-society...
1 video (Total 6 min), 2 quizzes
1 video
2 practice exercises
Final Exams
Post-course survey42m
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By EEFeb 25th 2019

Great course for laying foundations, but part 1 does not really have much to do with Chinese society. Actually can start from part 2 directly if you already know the methods.

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Cameron Campbell

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

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