Location: SFEBB 5130 (Spencer Fox Eccles Busn Bldg)
Location: SFEBB 110 (Spencer Fox Eccles Busn Bldg)
Courses I Teach
Contemporary Chinese Society.
This course reviews a succinct outline of the Chinese past and surveys the post-1978 Chinese society, focusing on social issues under the market reform and conditions of increasingly globalized economy. China’s transition to a market-oriented society has brought about fundamental changes in the lives of its citizens. We will discuss a range of topics related to the contemporary Chinese society including but not limited to Chinese culture, population, regional economic disparities, rural-to-urban migration, and other social, political and economic issues.
The class is organized around assigned readings, films, lectures, and online discussions. Readings for the class are from book chapters and journal articles. We will also watch two sets of documentary videos and a couple of guest lectures.
Social Statistics .
This four-credit course fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning (QB) and Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement of the University of Utah. It is designed for students to gain a basic understanding of common statistics widely applied in the analysis of social science data. Statistics is a set of tools and techniques researchers use to organize, summarize, and communicate information in the attempt to describe and draw conclusions about human conditions as well as the world around us.
Descriptive statistics and inferential statistics are main components of this course. Descriptive statistics will allow you to summarize and describe data. Inferential statistics will allow you to make estimates about a population (e.g., all students in the U) based on a sample (e.g., 50 or 392 students in the U). The course also covers hypothesis testing and the basics of regression analysis.
Population & Society.
This course is devoted to the study of demographic processes, their causes, and their
consequences. We will explore the major components of demography – mortality, fertility, and
migrations – and how these processes influence the world around us over time and across space.
The focus of this course is the interaction between demographic behaviors, population processes
and social changes. For instance, we will examine how changes in demographic behaviors at the
individual level (i.e. how you plan your own life in terms of education, marriage, fertility, labor
force participation, migration, saving, and preparing for retirement, etc.) affect the macro-level
social structure and how macro-level demographic changes define individual opportunities and
life chances. We will also discuss how population size, composition and structure affect
economic and social conditions and drive policy making regarding resource allocation and
redistribution (i.e. providing more support for the growing body of older population). This course
makes use of global and comparative perspectives to illustrate and analyze the population-society
interaction. All main topics will be addressed and contrasted between developed and developing
societies as well as population subgroups within a society, through a combination of theoretical
understanding, knowledge of empirical evidence, and policy implications.
Why does a disease develop in some people and not in others? What is the burden of a disease in the
community? How does a disease spread quickly from a population to another and even across the
world? Can public policies regarding disease prevention and health promotion make a difference in
controlling or reducing the spread of disease? What kind of influence the ObamaCare would have on
the health outcomes of Americans and on their quality of life? Epidemiology is the study of the
distribution and determinants of health-related outcomes in populations. This course will provide
students with an understanding of the basic principles of epidemiologic study design, analysis and
interpretation. We will examine how epidemiologists measure morbidity, mortality, and life
expectancy across a population. We will discover how to statistically identify the risk factors or
causes of a disease. Also in this course, we will explore social epidemiology as a social science by
reviewing the social causes and consequences of health, especially on how social factors contribute
to the development and distribution of disease and health inequality.