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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Chelsea Smith

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Chelsea Smith



Chelsea Smith is pursuing her doctoral degree in the Department of Sociology and is a graduate student trainee with the Population Research Center. Her research interests are in family, children/youth/adolescents, and demography. Specifically, her work focuses on the effects of family instability on various aspects of children's well-being as well as the correlates of family formation during the transition to adulthood. Chelsea's current research is supported by the 2014-2015 National Institute of Child Health and Development Pre-doctoral Traineeship.

Chelsea's dissertation will identify ecological environments that foster and reduce exposure to child maltreatment during critical developmental periods, examining how child maltreatment arises within and across different kinds of families and neighborhoods. Funded by the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, her dissertation will identify the types of neighborhoods that may be most responsive to policy interventions that build off of communities' strengths and assist parents and children whose family lives are in flux.

Before entering graduate school, Chelsea earned a B.A. in Sociology and French Studies from Rice University. She completed her M.A. thesis in the summer of 2013 as part of her current graduate program at UT-Austin.

SOC F319 • Intro To Social Demography

86763 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm CLA 0.118
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Social demography is the study of social causes and consequences of population processes. Social demographers are interested in the social origins of population change and the meaning and implications of population processes for society at large. Typically, demography tends to explore three main areas: 1) Mortality and Health: Why do women live longer than men? 2) Fertility and Family: Why do some people have children earlier than others? 3) Population Distribution: Why do people migrate? Upon completing this course, my learning goals are for you to be able to: 1) Understand historical and recent demographic processes, including their antecedents and implications, from a sociological perspective. 2) Explain differences in these processes between countries and within groups in the US. 3) Use quantitative reasoning to apply demographic techniques and methods as critical consumers of information. This course may be used to fulfill the social and behavioral sciences component of the university core curriculum.

Required Text

Poston, Dudley L., Jr., and Leon F. Bouvier. 2010. Population and Society: An Introduction to Demography. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521872874.

Grading Policy

Attendance and participation       5%

In-class assignments               15%

Exam 1                                   20%

Exam 2                                   20%

Exam 3                                   20%

Exam 4                                   20%



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