Week 1 (Jan 17, 19):

Tuesday Texts, Data, Images

Thursday Two Digital Approaches to Historical and Literary Texts

Module 1: Spatial Thinking and the Medieval Economic Revolution

Week 2 (Jan 24, 26):

Tuesday Introduction to the Geographical Information System (GIS)

Thursday Creating Thematic Maps in ArcGIS: I

Week 3 (Jan 31, Feb 2):

Tuesday Creating Thematic Maps in Desktop ArcGIS: II

  • Learning Objectives:

    • Use joins, calculations, and other features in ArcGIS
    • Understand the issue of “rhetorical honesty”
    • Preparing maps for publication
  • Readings:

Thursday The Medieval Economic Revolution in China

Week 4 (Feb 7, 9):

Tuesday ArcGIS Skills Development and Review

Thursday Think Spatially: Why Does Space Matter?

Quiz 1: vLookup & ArcGIS Basics

Module 2: Spatial Thinking and the Chinese Political Elite

Week 5 (Feb 14, 16):

Tuesday Education, Examination, and the Ruling Elite

Thursday The Changing Geography of Power

  • Learning Objectives:

    • Explain the social and political consequences of the Tang-Song transition
    • Use modularized queries in CBDB, project them in ArcGIS, and interpret the maps
  • Readings:

Week 6 (Feb 21, 23):

Tuesday From Spreadsheets to Relational Databases

  • Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the concept, strengths, and structure of relational databases
  • Readings:

Thursday Exploring Change: Time-Enabled GIS

Week 7 (Feb 28, Mar 2):

Tuesday Biography and Prosopography

  • Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the traditions of Chinese biographical writing
    • Understand “prosopography” as an approach of historical research
  • Readings:

  • Further Readings:

    • K. S. B. Keats-Rohan, ed. Prosopography Approaches and Applications: A Handbook (Oxford: Unit for Prosopographical Research University of Oxford, 2007): “Abstracts of Papers” (pp.xi-xix) and “Introduction” (pp.1-32).

Thursday XML, RegEx and Data Mining

Week 8 (Mar 7, 9):

Tuesday Project 1 Tutorial

Thursday Project 1 Presentations

Project # 1 and Short Paper #1 due at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 26.

Week 9 (Mar 14, 16): Spring Break — No Class

Module 3: Space and Structure of Elite Networks

Week 10 (Mar 21, 23):

Tuesday The “Localist Turn”

Thursday Mapping Migration and Marriage

Week 11 (Mar 28, 30):

Tuesday Think Relationally: Introduction to Network Visualization

  • Learning Objectives:

    • Understand basic concepts in network analysis, such as nodes, and edges / ties
    • Use Gephi to create a simple network graph
    • Understand the basics of data formats for Gephi
    • Understand the strengths and limits of network graphs for addressing research questions
  • Readings:

Thursday Introduction to Gephi

  • Learning Objectives:

    • Prepare network data in proper formats for visualization and analysis
    • Understand the basics of Gephi

Week 12 (Apr 4, 6):
Tuesday     Ideology and Politics at the Eleventh-Century Court

Thursday   Network Analysis in the Study of Elite Politics

Week 13 (Apr 11, 13):

Tuesday   The Neo-Confucian Movement

Thursday  Network Analysis in Intellectual History

  • Learning Objectives:

    • Explore how network analysis may be employed in studying intellectual and social movements
  • Readings:

  • Further Readings:
    • Roger V. Gould, “Uses of Network Tools in Comparative Historical Research.” Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences, pp.241-269.
    • Wetherhall, Charles. “Historical Social Network Analysis.” In New methods for social history (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998), pp. 125-44.

Week 14 (Apr 18, 20):

Tuesday Project 2 Tutorial

Quiz 2: Gephi Quiz in class

Thursday Project 2 Presentations

Project #2 and Short Paper #2 due at 5 p.m., Sunday, April 23.



Week 15 (Apr 25, 27):

Tuesday Reflections on the Tang-Song Transition

Thursday Reflections on the Data-Driven Approach


Final Paper (Short Paper #3) due on Final Exam day.