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This course is intended as a first step for learners who seek to become producers of social science research. It is organized as an introduction to the design and execution of a research study. It introduces the key elements of a proposal for a research study, and explains the role of each. It reviews the major types of qualitative and quantitative data used in social science research, and then introduces some of the most important sources of existing data available freely or by application, worldwide and for China. The course offers an overview of basic principles in the design of surveys, including a brief introduction to sampling. Basic techniques for quantitative analysis are also introduced, along with a review of common challenges that arise in the interpretation of results. Professional and ethical issues that often arise in the conduct of research are also discussed. The course concludes with an introduction to the options for further study available to the interested student, and an overview of the key steps involved in selecting postgraduate programs and applying for admission. Learners who complete the course will be able to make an informed decision about whether to pursue advanced studies, and should be adequately prepared to write an application for postgraduate study that exhibits basic understanding of key aspects of social science research paradigms and methodologies. Explore the big questions in social science and learn how you can be a producer of social science research. Course Overview video: https://youtu.be/QuMOAlwhpvU Part 1 should be completed before taking this course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/social-science-study-chinese-society
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Beginner Level

Nivel principiante

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Aprox. 16 horas para completar

Sugerido: 1-2 hours per week
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Globe

Curso 100 % en línea

Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.
Beginner Level

Nivel principiante

Clock

Aprox. 16 horas para completar

Sugerido: 1-2 hours per week
Comment Dots

English

Subtítulos: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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2 hours to complete

Designing a Study

Welcome to Social Science Approaches to the Study of Chinese Society Part 2! Part 2 focuses on being a PRODUCER of Social Science Research. Take some time to review the course overview, assignments for this course and say hello in the discussion forum. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 84 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
1.1 Designing a Study3m
1.2 The Research Proposal8m
1.3 Aims13m
1.4 Impact and Significance16m
1.5 Background-Literature Review11m
1.6 Methodology11m
1.7 Data14m
1.8 Summary3m
Reading4 readings
Assignments and grading10m
Suggested Reading List (Optional)10m
Week 1 General Reading List10m
Week 1 Designing a study10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 1 Designing a study14m

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2 hours to complete

Evidence

Week 2 will discuss the kind sources social scientists use for research. By the end of this week, you should be able to identify some of these major sources and perhaps pinpoint some sources that can be used in your own study....
Reading
10 videos (Total 98 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
2.2 Survey data12m
2.3 Public data10m
2.4. Administrative and archival microdata12m
2.5. Multi-generational microdata11m
2.6 Aggregated data12m
2.7 Sources of aggregated data7m
2.8 Qualitative sources13m
2.9 New sources11m
2.10 Summary2m
Reading1 readings
Week 2 Evidence10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 2 Evidence14m

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2 hours to complete

Sampling

By the end of Week 3, you should be able to understand why RANDOM SAMPLING is important in a survey, outline the most common approaches to sampling and discuss key considerations when choosing a sampling strategy for your study....
Reading
10 videos (Total 97 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
3.2. Surveys and sampling13m
3.3. Probability sampling12m
3.4. Clustered sampling17m
3.5. Stratification, oversampling13m
3.6. Respondent-driven sampling7m
3.7(a) Conducting a survey - Preparation10m
3.7(b) Conducting a survey - Designing a Questionnaire9m
3.8. Response rates and follow-up7m
3.9. Summary2m
Reading1 readings
Week 3 Sampling10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 3 Sampling14m

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1 hour to complete

Public Data for China

Week 4 discusses major sources of public data available to you. By the end of this week you should be able to describe the opportunities as well as the challenges associated with using publicly available survey data. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 42 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
4.2. China General Social Survey7m
4.3. China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Survey5m
4.4. China Family Panel Studies2m
4.5. China Health and Nutrition Survey3m
4.6. The China Multigenerational Panel Datasets (CMGPD)14m
4.7. Other major datasets4m
4.8. Summary2m
Reading1 readings
Week 4 Public Data for China10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 4 Public Data for China14m

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2 hours to complete

Quantitative Analysis

Week 5 will give you a taste of the basic methods for quantitative analysis. From there you should be able to identify key issues when interpreting results and discuss implications for research....
Reading
9 videos (Total 84 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
5.2 Tabulations10m
5.3a Correlation and regression I12m
5.3b Correlation and regression II6m
5.4 Regression to the mean18m
5.5 Statistical significance12m
5.6 Type I errors9m
5.7 Type II errors7m
5.8 Summary Quantitative Analysis3m
Reading1 readings
Week 5 Quantitative Analysis10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 5 Study Designs Quiz16m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Research and Professional Ethics

By the end of this week you should be able to describe major ethical and professional concerns in social science research....
Reading
9 videos (Total 84 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
6.2 The protection of subjects11m
6.3 Consent11m
6.4 Confidentiality9m
6.5 International research13m
6.6 Research funding and publication10m
6.7 Data sharing11m
6.8 Mentor/student relationship8m
6.9 Summary: Research and professional ethics2m
Reading1 readings
Week 6 Research and professional ethics10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 6 Research and professional ethics14m

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1 hour to complete

Where to go from here

Welcome to the last week of Part 2! By the end of this week you should be able to be aware of the options you have for further study in social science research and know the steps to move forward in the application process for advanced training....
Reading
7 videos (Total 58 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
7.2 Options for advanced study in social science11m
7.3 Choosing a PG program14m
7.4 Writing the personal statement8m
7.5 Research proposals and writing samples10m
7.6 Recommendation letters9m
7.7 Summary - where to go from here1m
Reading1 readings
Week 7 Where to go from here10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 7 Where to go from here14m

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2 hours to complete

Final exam

You've reached the final exam week! Complete the final exam and the post-course survey. Your feedback can help us improve the course. Thank you for being a part of this course and good luck for your pursuit of advanced studies in social science research!...
Reading
1 video (Total 5 min), 2 quizzes
Quiz2 practice exercises
Final Exam0m
Post-course survey40m

Instructor

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Cameron Campbell

Professor of Social Science

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