Science, Technology, and Society in China I: Basic Concepts

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Science, Technology, and Society in China I: Basic Concepts

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What are science, technology, and innovation? How do science, technology, and innovation inform our understanding of developments in the social sphere? How have these domains evolved in the Chinese context? In this course, we will examine these issues and attempt answering these and many other questions!
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 16 reviews
  • 16 completed
6 years, 6 months ago
This course is about Innovation System (IS) studies and their relation to China. The first week introduces Science & Technology (S&T;) paths, the second week Research & Development (R&D;) processes, and the third ISs. The course begins with a historical look at things, then moves closer to contemporary studies of government policies, firms, and economies, and how all these things are interrelated with ISs and China. It's a short course, 3-weeks. However, material is dense. I feel it should have been expanded to at least a 5-week course. The course rests of three, short peer review assignments. I would have liked some quizzes too, because without them I don't feel like I was really challenged to understand the material as much as I would have liked (or been expected) to. The videos usually include one in-video quiz question at the end. But let me reemphasize that: one question...for an entire video. It's not adequate. Esp. for an enti... This course is about Innovation System (IS) studies and their relation to China. The first week introduces Science & Technology (S&T;) paths, the second week Research & Development (R&D;) processes, and the third ISs. The course begins with a historical look at things, then moves closer to contemporary studies of government policies, firms, and economies, and how all these things are interrelated with ISs and China. It's a short course, 3-weeks. However, material is dense. I feel it should have been expanded to at least a 5-week course. The course rests of three, short peer review assignments. I would have liked some quizzes too, because without them I don't feel like I was really challenged to understand the material as much as I would have liked (or been expected) to. The videos usually include one in-video quiz question at the end. But let me reemphasize that: one question...for an entire video. It's not adequate. Esp. for an entire 25-30 minute video where half-a-dozen new concepts or ideas are introduced. However, most bothersome is that the lecture notes are BEHIND the lecturer. Accompanied with the fact that the lecturer is always moving around, often you can't even see the lecture notes! How could they make such a blunder?! Here's to hoping that they fix this major oversight in the follow-up courses. Another problem is the audio. It's not normalized. So when the lecturer tilts his head to look at his iPad his voice becomes dramatically louder as it gets closer to his shirt mic. You have been warned. Finally, thelectureroftenspeakstooquickly. I hope he slows down a bit for his audience. There seem to be parts II and III of this course coming up. We'll have to see how those go.
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5/10 starsCompleted
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  • 27 completed
6 years ago
Fair introduction to the subject, with a focus on innovation and processes rather than China proper. Some technical difficulties during the first version of this course, and peer assessments are far from ideal. Nevertheless, the professor, teaching assistants and production crew are very open to suggestions to improve the course, so i have the second part of this series on my watchlist.
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