Course Code

CHES3500/ CCSS3110/ CCSS3111

Course Name

Chinese Studies Research Methods






Dr. Pierre Miege

Teaching Assistant

Yang Yiwei

Course Description

This course prepares advanced CCS major undergraduate students on the social science stream to research for their final year capstone research projects. The main product of the course will be a research proposal that will be ideally followed through to develop the final year paper to be submitted at the end of Term II. There are three aims to the course: 1) to gain familiarity with research methods of the various disciplines in the humanities; 2) to explore several styles of scholarship; 3) to learn how to undertake an advanced university-level research project and produce an interesting, productive research proposal.

This workshop-style class will guide students to reach this objective step by step. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts in qualitative and quantitative research methods and designs in the social sciences. These concepts will be discussed practically, by making students begin thinking about their own research topic, and by conducting data collection and analysis exercises. The mode of instruction is highly interactive and require students to actively participate in class discussions, complete research exercises, make presentation, conduct peer review, and continuous work on their own projects. In the end of this course, students are required to present a revised research proposal, identifying interesting topics, compiling references, making bibliographies, formulating research questions, choosing appropriate research methods, and writing up research plans and goals.

Course Outline

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

Week 1: (Sep. 6) Introduction: Research on China

Week 2: (Sep. 13) Research Matters

Week 3: (Sep. 20) Academic Writing

Week 4: (Sep. 27) Designing a Research Project

Week 5: (Oct. 11) Literature Review and Finding Sources

Week 6: (Oct. 18) Survey Research

Week 7: (Oct. 25) Interview

Week 8: (Nov. 1) Research Week

Week 9: (Nov. 8) Individual Consultation I

Week 10: (Nov. 15) Data Analysis

Week 11: (Nov. 22) Individual Consultation II

Week 12: (Nov. 29) Proposal Presentation & Feedback I

Week 13: (Dec. 6) Proposal Presentation & Feedback II

Assessment & Assignments

Class attendance & participation 20%

Research Assignments 30%

Presentation on Academic Writing 5%

Project Presentation and Peer Review 10%

Research Proposal  35%

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at