Gender Studies | Seminar in Gender Studies: Gender and Population
G402 | 2608 | Cornell, Laurel


Demography is a discipline which examines the relationship between
biological events such as deaths and births and their social
determinants and consequences. This seminar provides a graduate-
level introduction to the theoretical issues and empirical questions
which dominate the field today. It emphasizes the question: Does
gender make a difference? How? Why? The course surveys all of the
fundamental topics in the literature of demography, from death and
birth rates, through marriage and household formation, to the origin
and quality of data. A topic such as gender relations or the role of
the state is examined through readings about son preference or
population policy in low-fertility advanced industrial societies.
Students will also receive an introduction to the principal methods
of demographic analysis.