CCS 580 - Graduate Seminar in Chinese Studies
Winter 2017, Section 001 - Reading Applied Statistics in Studies of Contemporary China: A Social Science Perspective
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Subject: Chinese Studies (CCS)
Department: LSA II: KLRR Center for Chinese Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This is a graduate-level seminar to introduce concepts of statistical analysis commonly employed in social science studies of contemporary China. Empirical social science studies require an evidence-based analytical approach that involves collecting and analyzing data to describe patterns and/or test research hypotheses. The evidence-based analytical approach can be qualitative or quantitative, or both. This course will focus on the quantitative approach that usually relies on modern statistical methods. However, the goal of this course is NOT to teach students how to conduct statistical analysis. Instead, this course aims to provide essential training for students with limited statistical background to understand the intuition and rationale, the strength and the weakness behind the statistical analysis employed in social science research. Through this course, students will learn the following skills: (1) how to understand (and maybe appreciate) the intuition behind a quantitative research design; (2) how to read statistical tables and figures published in journal articles; (3) how to detect and avoid common pitfalls in statistical analysis; and (4) how to design a statistical analysis for an empirical example.

Some prior experience with empirical (qualitative or quantitative) social science research in general or specific to the Chinese context will be extremely useful but not required.

Course Requirements:

  • Student led discussions (20%)
  • Discussion participation (10%)
  • Midterm (15%)
  • Research proposal (40%)
  • Class presentation of research proposal (15%)

Class Format:

Combination of lecture and student-led discussion of required readings.


CCS 580 - Graduate Seminar in Chinese Studies
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