Sociology | Methods of Population Analysis
G591 | 27152 | Stewart

3:35PM-5:30PM	M S7100

Formal demography is characterized by its 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; age
patterns of vital events; and event history analysis.  Students will
learn to apply these and other demographic methods through a series
of weekly problem sets.