Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data Analytic Approach, Part 1

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Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data Analytic Approach, Part 1

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The purpose of this course is to summarize new directions in Chinese history and social science produced by the creation and analysis of big historical datasets based on newly opened Chinese archival holdings, and to organize this knowledge in a framework that encourages learning about China in comparative perspective.
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6/10 starsCompleted
  • 33 reviews
  • 31 completed
5 years, 11 months ago
Somewhat interesting look at socio-political forces on education and wealth distribution in China based on found data. Also interesting to see how the professor made the point that some of those trends were distributed more fairly in China in comparison to western nation. That, of course generated significant discussion and debate on the board. The quizzes were not so well- conceived.
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4/10 starsCompleted
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  • 27 completed
6 years ago
The research the Professor and his colleagues have undertaken is important and interesting. Nevertheless i felt that the focus was much too narrow for a title like "New History". The Professor does explain his material very clearly indeed, and (towards the end of this initial course) indicates that the second in the series will be broader and deeper and less constrained to a single research thrust. I have this second course on my watchlist.
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1/10 starsCompleted
  • 2 reviews
  • 2 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
This is not very satisfying. All of the questions are about memorizing the figures and the many errors and confusing questions are not made clear. The staff is competent but lack for MOOC professionality.
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1/10 starsTaking Now
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  • 4 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
First, the lectures - overall fairly interesting statistical evaluations of various aspects of life in China since 1700, though I disagree with some of the conclusions drawn from the data. The style of the professor's presentation is actually engaging. Understand, though, that the class provides no chronological history of China. Someone without an understanding of the basics of modern Chinese history will be lost and should not take the class. Second, the quizzes. There was no feedback. Only the final attempt counted. That would have been fine if the quizzes were clearly worded, or if every quiz actually had one unambiguously correct answer. So far I've taken four quizzes (there is still a final exam that will be released tomorrow), each with three questions. One or two questions on all four quizzes have been deeply flawed. Third, since the beginning of the course, well over a hundred comments have been made complaining about the po... First, the lectures - overall fairly interesting statistical evaluations of various aspects of life in China since 1700, though I disagree with some of the conclusions drawn from the data. The style of the professor's presentation is actually engaging. Understand, though, that the class provides no chronological history of China. Someone without an understanding of the basics of modern Chinese history will be lost and should not take the class. Second, the quizzes. There was no feedback. Only the final attempt counted. That would have been fine if the quizzes were clearly worded, or if every quiz actually had one unambiguously correct answer. So far I've taken four quizzes (there is still a final exam that will be released tomorrow), each with three questions. One or two questions on all four quizzes have been deeply flawed. Third, since the beginning of the course, well over a hundred comments have been made complaining about the poor nature of the quizzes. When it came to one question, the professors accepted two right answers. In all other cases, student comments about the confusing nature of the questions were completely ignored. The lack of responsiveness from the professors has been extremely disappointing. In short, I would recommend this course only to people who (A) have a sophisticated understanding of statistics, (B) don't care about earning a certificate, (C) already know a good deal about modern China, and (D) don't mind if questions posed by numerous students in the forums are ignored by the staff and professors. ADDENDUM: I have just seen the final exam for the course. It features 10 questions, all dealing with trivia rather than understanding. And the professors, who have never addressed any of the concerns about the course, just closed down all the forums. This is extremely annoying, given that we were actively told by the professors early on to reach out to classmates in the forums to discuss confusing questions.
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