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Chinese Sociologist Emma visiting SCIE students
2017-05-04

[SCIE web news, April 28th, 2017] On 20th April, 2017, a Chinese sociologist Xueshi Li (Emma), who now works for the Social Science and Management Division in Tsinghua University Shenzhen Graduate School, gave a talk about her dissertation research conducted in Beijing and answered questions from SCIE students regarding research methods and humanities majors in American universities. Our sociology teacher, Richard Driscoll, organised this event and invited A-level sociology and history students, G1 Enrichment class and humanities teachers to attend.

 

For starter, Emma introduced her field of study- Sociology of food, on which she conducted her PhD research during her studying in Michigan State University. Based on her experience of doing PhD in the US, the presentation focused on how she conducted her sociological research through a case study on organic food producers in Beijing: from outlining research plan, applying for funding, investigating interests of the source, to deciding on research method and subject, carrying out fieldwork, data analysis and finally publishing the dissertation.

 

Listening to Emmas narrative of difficulties and unexpected situations which occurred during conducting field work for her research on Beijings organic farm and market, students of all grades were absorbed and noted down suggestions for conducting research.

Later in the Q&A session, our students brought up insightful questions, such as why the public seldom reads about sociological research, how to establish rapport with specific respondents of research and how to effectively record and analyse qualitative data. Emma answered with respect to the academia and gave us advice on how to do research in the Chinese context.

 

At last, students of A-level social sciences inquired about majors and career options in the US. As a former international student in the US, Emma explained the uniqueness of everyones situation and hoped that we can make our own decision based on correct information which we gather by applying research skills learned from sociology courses.. Excited by the enthusiasm of SCIE students towards sociology and other social sciences subjects, she expressed the optimism that our generation could contribute to a progressive and humanitarian social atmosphere here in Shenzhen. Mr Driscoll also proposed that we could organise more events for SCIE students who are interested in social sciences. 

Fascinated by the process of how concepts in the textbook turned into application in reality for certain purpose, our students reflected on their own research and left with increasingly profound  understanding of the society. Although this talk was put to an end, a future of social sciences is ignited for SCIE students.

 

Reporter/ Angelina

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