SOC 389K • General Approaches to the Study of Population
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the field of demography. We cover the basic processes of the field--mortality, fertility, migration, and population distribution, along with several sub-fields. The two main goals of this course are to 1) introduce students to both classic and current literature in the field of social demography, 2) teach students to critically assess the major theories associated with population change. By the end of the semester, students should also know general trends in global population development and have an appreciation of the inter-related nature of migration, fertility, mortality, and age structure. Note that, for those of you who plan a career in social demography, this course provides only a starting point. Students should keep abreast of developments in the literature by reading the leading journals (Demography, Population and Development Review, Population Studies, Population Bulletin, Demographic Research).
The course meets once a week and attendance is expected. I also expect that you will have read the assigned reading for that week and will actively participate in class discussions. There will be a mid-term exam administered in class and a take home, cumulative final. Grades are calculated by the following formula: an in class midterm exam - 35 percent; class participation - 30 percent; take-home cumulative final 35 - percent.