To support our site, Class Central may be compensated by some course providers.

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

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera

students interested
  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject History
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 5 weeks long

Taken this course? Share your experience with other students. Write review

Overview

Sign up to Coursera courses for free Learn how

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

Taught by

James Lee

Help Center

Most commonly asked questions about Coursera Coursera

Reviews for Coursera's Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data Analytic Approach, Part 1
4.3 Based on 3 reviews

  • 5 star 33%
  • 4 stars 67%
  • 3 star 0%
  • 2 star 0%
  • 1 star 0%

Did you take this course? Share your experience with other students.

Write a review
  • 1
Anonymous
4.0 4 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Good; new perspectives and approach to data; bit chaotic at times with jumping from one subject and era to another but definately helpful in learning about the chinese society
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Tim T
4.0 3 years ago
by Tim completed this course.
1 person found
this review helpful
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
Patrick H
5.0 2 years ago
by Patrick completed this course.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
  • 1

Class Central

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.

Sign up for free

Never stop learning Never Stop Learning!

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.