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. Our course demonstrates how a new scholarship of discovery is redefining what is singular about modern China and modern Chinese history. Current understandings of human history and social theory are based largely on Western experience or on non-Western experience seen through a Western lens. This course offers alternative perspectives derived from Chinese experience over the last three centuries. We present specific case studies of this new scholarship of discovery divided into two stand-alone parts, which means that students can take any part without prior or subsequent attendance of the other part. Part 1 (this cou... 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. Our course demonstrates how a new scholarship of discovery is redefining what is singular about modern China and modern Chinese history. Current understandings of human history and social theory are based largely on Western experience or on non-Western experience seen through a Western lens. This course offers alternative perspectives derived from Chinese experience over the last three centuries. We present specific case studies of this new scholarship of discovery divided into two stand-alone parts, which means that students can take any part without prior or subsequent attendance of the other part. Part 1 (this course) focuses on comparative inequality and opportunity and addresses two related questions ‘Who rises to the top?’ and ‘Who gets what?’. Part 2 (https://www.coursera.org/learn/understanding-china-history-part-2) turns to an arguably even more important question ‘Who are we?’ as seen through the framework of comparative population behavior - mortality, marriage, and reproduction – and their interaction with economic conditions and human values. We do so because mortality and reproduction are fundamental and universal, because they differ historically just as radically between China and the West as patterns of inequality and opportunity, and because these differences demonstrate the mutability of human behavior and values. Course Overview video: https://youtu.be/dzUPRyJ4ETk
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10/10 starsCompleted
10 months, 3 weeks ago
This is a different approach, discussing China from the numbers, from actual data, rather than just telling the history. Tells you exactly what is going on because there is evidence.
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1 year, 4 months ago
Fantastic course! Social science done right, with a lot of data, data analysis, reached conclusion in a convincing way. Highly recommend. I like the course structure, all materials are prepared carefully, I basically finished it in 2 night cause the course is very interesting. Overall, very good quality, and if u are interested in Chinese culture, history, revolution, it's past today and possible tomorrow, this will give you a lot of insights.
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1 year, 7 months ago
This course is an excellent introduction to the study of Chinese history and culture using big data derived from archival documents. The conclusions highlight the difference between Chinese and Western perspectives and to the socio-economic conditions in China today. Past theories are tested against new research. A great learning experience.
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