Second Project and Paper

In the second project, you will demonstrate your holistic understanding of network analysis and prosopography by conducting a small research project that employs network visualization/analysis in your work. You have freedom to choose a favorite topic as long as it meets the following two requirements:

  1. Your project must have a network dimension in its analysis.
  2. Your project must be China-related. You are strongly encouraged–but not required–to develop a project on topics we have discussed so far on middle-period Chinese history, because a) the background readings and discussions we have had in the past weeks have provided you with the necessary context to ask meaningful questions and b) the China Biographical Database gives you access to a wealth of data for answering your questions. A project on other periods and aspects of Chinese studies is acceptable only after prior consultation with me. Given the feedback you have received, you are advised to continue developing one or more of the exploratory projects you have started in the past two weeks.

You will share your findings with the class in a short presentation and report them in a short essay. The presentation should be about 7 to 10 minutes long. The essay is expected to be 3 to 5 pages in length, typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and proofread for errors of grammar and spelling. Submit your essay as a Microsoft Word document. Include citations in Chicago/Turabian format.

Important Dates:

  • April 20 (Thursday): Project Presentation due. You will give a 7- to 10-minute presentation to report the findings of your project. Your presentation should be enriched by PowerPoint slides. Submit your slides before class to the Moodle dropbox: Second Project Slides. Your presentation must include the following components:
    • What is the question you are asking? How does it fit into the broader scholarly context on China/Chinese history?
    • What data do you use for answering this question?
    • What is your answer to the question?
  • April 23 (Sunday): Second Paper due. You will feedback from me and your classmates on your project during the presentation. After the presentation, you will make necessary revisions to your project and write up a short 3- to 5-page essay discussing your findings. Submit your essay by 5 p.m., April 23 to the Moodle dropbox: Second Paper. Also compress all your supporting documents into one zipped file and submit it here: Second Paper: Supporting FilesThese supporting files include, for example, your data files (such as those in .tab, .xlsx, or other formats) and gephi files. You may include–as necessary per the nature of your project–other supporting files of your choice.