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Department of Demography

Fall 2009 Courses

The following courses will be offered in fall 2009. This schedule will be updated if any other courses are added to the schedule. Refer to the campus schedule of classes for last minute time and location updates and to verify number of spaces remaining in the class.


Demography 110
current description and syllabus
3 units
Demographic Methods: Introduction to Population Analysis is an introductory course in demographic methods, teaching how demographers measure population growth, mortality, fertility, marriage, and age structure. It provides an opportunity to develop quantitative skills in the context of human lifecourse processes. There are weekly exercises. Robert Chung, Tuesday-Thursday 9:30-11:00, 220 Wheeler.
Demography/ Sociology C126
4 units
Social Consequences of Population Dynamics: n introduction to the causes and consequences of population change from a social and historical perspective. Topics include: the demographic transition, resource scarcity, economic development, the environment, population control, family planning, birth control, aging, intergenerational transfers, and international migration. In addition to 3 hours of lecture, one hour of section per week is required. John Wilmoth, Tuesday-Thursday 2:00-3:30 pm, 210 Wheeler.
Demography 210
current description and syllabus
4 units
Demographic Methods: Rates and Structures is an advanced course in basic demographic methods. It presents training in lifetables, including multiple-decrement lifetables, hazard models including Cox proportional hazards, frailty, and unobserved heterogeneity, population projection with Leslie Matrices, the concept of a synthetic cohort, and the fundamentals of stable population theory. Demography 210 involves use of computer workstations (with the R statistical language), some reliance on basic calculus, and an extended project in demographic projection. Robert Chung, Wednesdays 3-6, 31 Evans.
Demography 213
2 units
Introduction to Computing for Demographers: Introduction to R and SAS for demographic statistics. Basic Unix tricks and idiosyncrasies of the Demography Lab will be covered. Lots and lots of homework. Carl Mason, Mondays 1:00-2:00pm in room 100 2232 Piedmont and Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm in the Lab in the basement of 2232 Piedmont.
Demography 160/260 (pdf)
detailed description
3 units/4 units
Historical Demography: In this course the most salient events of past populations will be discussed in the light of what we know of human population processes today. Subjects covered include the Neolithic Revolution, population dynamics in Roman and medieval societies, the Black Death, the role of epidemic disease in past societies, the unprecedented die-off of Amerindian populations, Malthus and the limits to population growth imposed by available resources, pre-industrial demographic dynamics, the disappearance of major epidemics and the modern growth of human population, the period of mass transoceanic migration, the Demographic Transition in historic Europe and in the developing world, the present and future of human populations. Undergraduate course: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-11:30am; Graduate Seminar: Mondays 3-5pm. Both courses will be taught in the Demography Seminar Room by visiting professor David Reher (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).