Social Science Approaches to the Study of Chinese Society Part 1


This course seeks to turn learners into informed consumers of social science research. It introduces concepts, standards, and principles of social science research to the interested non-expert. Learners who complete the course will be able to assess evidence and critically evaluate claims about important social phenomena. It reviews the origins and development of social science, describes the process of discovery in contemporary social science research, and explains how contemporary social science differs from apparently related fields. It describes the goals, basic paradigms, and methodologies of the major social science disciplines. It offers an overview of the major questions that are the focus of much contemporary social science research, overall and for China. Special emphasis is given to explaining the challenges that social scientists face in drawing conclusions about cause and effect from their studies, and offers an overview of the approaches that are used to overcome these challenges. Explanation is non-technical and does not involve mathematics. Statistics and quantitative methods are not covered.

Explore the big questions in social science and learn how you can be a critical, informed consumer of social science research.
Course Overview video:
After you complete Part 1, enroll in Part 2 to learn how to be a PRODUCER of Social science research.
Part 2:

What you will learn

What is social science?

Welcome to Social Science Approaches to the Study of Chinese Society Part 1! Part 1 focuses on being a CONSUMER of social science research. Take some time to review the Course Overview video and the assignments for this course. In Week 1, we will explore What is Social Science. By the end of this week, you will be able to understand the differences between social science from humanities, natural and life sciences, outline the origins of social science and have a grasp of key definitions and terms.

The Big Questions

In Week 2, we will focus on The Big Questions. By the end of this week, you should have some sense of the range of questions that are the focus of much social science research. The next week, Week 3, will expand on China specific research.

Social Science Research on China

In Week 3, we will focus on Social Science Research on China. By the end of this week, you should have some sense of major topics in current social science research on China.

The Social Science Disciplines

In Week 4, we will focus on The Social Science Disciplines. By the end of this week, you should have a better understanding of the emphases of each of the major social science disciplines, and the differences between the disciplines.

How customers rated this product


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lichuangye 6 years ago



Emily 4 years ago

Great course for laying foundations, but part 1 does not really have much to do with Chinese society. Actually can start from part 2 directly if you already know the methods.


PC 4 years ago

Casts a wide net covering a wide range of topics in social science, albeit brief with this being a short course. A particular strength is the use of examples to clearly illustrate the many concepts. Professor Campbell pointed out the traps, pitfalls and controversy in many areas, so there are rich contents worth re-visiting.

wangyizhang clark

wangyizhang clark 4 years ago

The course is very meaningful to learn the basic skills in social science. It is very valuable for students who wanted to study social science in university to take it as a preview

Ruxue Shi

Ruxue Shi 3 years ago

a general introduction with a lot of contents, great course

Yanan WANG

Yanan WANG 3 years ago

Thanks a lot for this very qualitative program. See you later

Achi Daniel Onyeka

Achi Daniel Onyeka 3 years ago

I have a very amazing time in this course . I’m hoping to know more in this topic .

Sam'un Mukramin

Sam’un Mukramin 2 years ago


Winston Anthony Wheelis

Winston Anthony Wheelis 2 years ago

Excellent, thank you.

Smith Vilcatoma Portas

Smith Vilcatoma Portas 2 years ago

Es un curso básico que recomiendo para todas las personas que se interesan en la investigación.




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