Part II of my Coursera course Social Science Approaches to the Study of Chinese Society will launch June 26:
The emphasis is on providing a basic understanding of key elements in the process of designing and conducting a social science research study, with an emphasis on examples related to China. It is not China-specific, and should be accessible to anyone with a general interest in acquiring some understanding of how research is conducted. The intended audience is laypersons who have not previously had a systematic introduction to social science research methods, but would like one in order to better understand research results reported elsewhere, or because they are contemplating a transition into doing social science research.
The course complements topical courses offered by HKUST which focus on China, which emphasize the presentation of important results relevant to specific subjects. Examples include courses on Chinese politics by David Zweig, Chinese history, population, and society by James Lee, and Chinese economic development by Albert Park. This course would provide insight into how the results presented in these other courses were derived.
Part I is available here:
The review of multi-generational microdata for social science research that Xi Song and I wrote for the Annual Review of Sociology is now available as a preview, with publication scheduled for this summer:
This comprehensive review introduces the major sources of multi-generational, longitudinal data that can be analyzed in the study of demographic and stratification processes. The emphasis is on data that are already available publicly, or by application. The review also surveys major research questions in the study of multi-generational processes, and the methods used for analyzing these data.
We recently had the opportunity to visit Kyushu. We visited Fukuoka, Yufuin, Kitsuki, and Kurokawa. We also made brief side trips to Aso and Dazaifu. I uploaded pictures to separate galleries. Below are links, with some samples.
Fukuoka is a relaxed and pleasant city, with great food at reasonable prices. We enjoyed our time there, and had some fantastic meals. Fukuoka photo gallery
Yufuin is a cute hot springs (onsen) town not far from Beppu. We spent one night at a ryokan. We were lucky enough to catch the tail end of the cherry blossom season. Yufuin photo gallery
Kitsuki is a lovely seaside town with nicely preserved samurai homes on hills on either side of a commercial street. Kitsuki photo gallery
Kurokawa is a mountain hot springs town near Aso. The weather wasn’t that great on the days we were there, so I am not as happy with the pictures. But it is a lovely town. We spent time in the town, and also drove over to Aso to see the shrine, and the area around the volcano. There is no access to the Aso crater, unfortunately. Kurokawa and Aso photo gallery
I sorted and reprocessed some old photos from our visits to the Kelso Dunes in the Mojave Desert back when we lived in LA. The results are up in a gallery in my Smugmug site. As time permits, I hope to continue sorting my old photos and uploading them to share.
Below are some sample pictures from the Kelso Dunes.
Our new undergraduate program, Quantitative Social Analysis, has a new web page. Check it out! We’re admitting our first students for the fall 2017 intake.
The promo video for my Coursera course Social Science Approaches to the Study of Chinese Society is now up. Enjoy!
We spent a day hiking around Arthur’s Seat while we were in Edinburgh. The weather was lovely. The pictures from our hike around Arthur’s Seat are here.
Here are some highlights:
Over Christmas break, we were in Edinburgh. We made a side trip to beautiful Pitlochry up in the highlands. The highlight was a hike up the Bealach trail, then a diversion to the base of Ben Vrackie trail and around Loch a’Choire, down to Killiecrankie, and then along the river back to Pitlochry. The photos from this Pitlochry hike are here.
Here are some highlights: