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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Summer 2007

SOC f369L • Analytical Demography

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
89280 MTWThF
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
NOA 1.110

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the field of demography. It will provide a very general background of the field of demography, as well as the basics of fertility, mortality and migration, with an additional focus on the demographic issues facing racial or ethnic minorities in the US. Another important goal of this course is to develop an understanding of how to interpret, analyze, and process demographic data. This will be accomplished through exercises that focus on demographic techniques and on data analysis using a statistical analysis package.

Grading Policy

You will be evaluated through exams, homework assignments and participation/written responses. Each is equally weighted at 25% of your grade.
1. Two in-class exams: The essay exams will cover readings and lectures (but NOT homework assignments).
2. Five homework assignments: The five homework assignments will each consist of two parts:
(1) computation and/or analysis of demographic data, using basic demographic techniques; and
(2) basic data analysis using the statistical analysis software package StataQuest.
3. Participation and Written Commentary: Participation is an integral aspect of this course. Therefore, daily attendance is expected. You should come to class prepared to ask insightful questions and provide thoughtful analysis of the readings assigned for that class. I ask that you respond in writing to the reading(s) on five class days throughout the course.


Palmore, James A. and Robert W. Gardner, Measuring Fertility, Mortality, and Natural Increase, 1996, Honolulu: East-West Center
Anagnoson, J. Theodore and Richard E. DeLeon, StataQuest4, 1997, Duxbury Press
A packet of photocopied readings


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