Sociology | Methods of Population Analysis and Applications
G591 | 27932 | Stewart

Formal demography is characterized by itís focus on the enduring
collectivity of population and careful study of the processes
responsible for changes in population size and composition.  Of
particular interest to the demographer, are the processes of
fertility, mortality, and migration.  In addition to these three
basic areas of research, demographers are also interested in a number
of related issues within the broad social science and health research
spectrum including marriage, retirement, segregation, disability and
land use.  At the heart of all of these empirical analyses of
populations and related issues is a particular way of looking at the
world and related set of methodological techniques.

This course aims to introduce students to the principal
methodological tools used by demographers for studying changes in
population size and composition.  The course covers basic measures of
mortality, fertility, and migration; life table construction;
multiple decrement life tables; stable populations; population
projections; and age patterns of vital events.  Time permitting, we
will also discuss the basic form of event history analysis and the
life course perspective.  Students will learn to apply these and
other demographic methods through a series of weekly problem sets.