Sociology | Methods of Population Analysis
G591 | 0256 | Stewart


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; and age patterns of vital events. Students will learn
to apply demographic methods through a series of weekly problem sets.