À propos de ce cours
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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Recommandé : 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
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Sous-titres : English
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Cours en ligne à 100 %

Commencez dès maintenant et apprenez aux horaires qui vous conviennent.
Clock

Approx. 8 heures pour terminer

Recommandé : 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Sous-titres : English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Orientation and Module 1: Social Structure and Education in Late Imperial China

Before you start with the content for Module 1, please watch the Course Overview, review the Assignments and Grading page, and introduce yourself to other learners who will be studying this course with you....
Reading
5 videos (Total 56 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
1.1: Introduction15m
1.2: Who Gets What and Why?3m
1.3: Social Mobility and the Examination System in Late Imperial China20m
1.4: Cultural Reproduction and Education in Late Imperial and Contemporary China14m
Reading2 readings
Assignments and Grading10m
Module 1 Suggested Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 110m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Module 2: Education and Social Mobility in Contemporary China

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Reading
3 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
2.2: Student Diversity at Peking University 1950-1999 and Suzhou University 1950-200319m
2.3: China’s Silent Revolution’s Ladder of Success14m
Reading1 readings
Module 2 Suggested Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 210m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Module 3: Social Mobility and Wealth Distribution in Late Imperial and Contemporary China

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Reading
5 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
3.2: Population Categories and Wealth Entitlements in China13m
3.3: Land Distribution in Shuangcheng, 1870-19066m
3.4: Property Distribution in Contemporary China11m
3.5: Comparative Wealth Distribution: Past/Present and East/West6m
Reading1 readings
Module 3 Suggested Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 310m

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Module 4: Wealth Distribution and Regime Change in Twentieth Century China

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Reading
5 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
4.2: Wealth Distribution in Pre-Revolutionary China15m
4.3: Political Processes and Institutions of Regime Change in Shuangcheng, 1946-194812m
4.4: Revolutionary Victims in Shuangcheng and Elsewhere9m
4.5: Course Conclusion4m
Reading1 readings
Module 4 Suggested Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 410m

5

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Final Exam and Farewell

Now is time to test your understanding on the entire course. Take the final exam and complete the post-course survey. Your valuable feedback will certainly help us improve future iterations of the course....
Reading
2 readings, 2 quizzes
Reading2 readings
A Farewell Message from Professor James Lee10m
Rate this course10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Final Exam40m
Post-course Survey38m
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Top Reviews

By AAMay 25th 2017

I loved the course. It gave me a totally different view of pre-revolution China. Even though I am not into\n\nquantitative data, I still learned from the conclusions and interpretations of the data.

By MMOct 19th 2017

Informative, relevant, and unique. The focus on recent discoveries unearthed through original research is refreshing.

Instructor

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James Z. Lee

Dean and Chair Professor of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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