Department of Demography

Fall 2015 Courses

The following courses will be offered this fall. 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
last year's syllabus
3 units
Demographic Methods: Introduction to Population Analysis. 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 life course processes. There are weekly exercises. Robert Chung, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-11:00 am, 110 Barrows Hall.
Demography/ Sociology C126
last year's syllabus
4 units
Social Consequences of Population Dynamics. An 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. Leora Lawton, Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-12:30 pm, 56 Barrows.
Demography 200
4 units
Fundamentals of Population Thought.This course offers an intensive introduction to the history of population thought in Europe and the United States through the close reading and contextualization of selected classic texts, including Graunt, Malthus and Quetelet. Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-12:30 pm, Seminar Room (Room 100), 2232 Piedmont Avenue.
Demography 210
last year's syllabus
4 units
Demographic Methods: Rates and Structures. An advanced course in basic demographic methods. It presents training in life tables, including multiple-decrement life tables, 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, Tuesday and Thursday 2-3:30 pm, Seminar Room (Room 100), 2232 Piedmont Avenue.
Demography 213
2 units S/U
Computer Applications for Demographic Analysis: 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 1-2 pm in the seminar room at 2232 Piedmont Ave. AND Wednesdays 1-3 pm in the computer lab at 2232 Piedmont Ave.
Demography 260
1-4 units
Special Topics in Demography Seminar: Social Demography - Population, Culture, Society. Joshua Goldstein and guest lecturers, Monday 11-1 pm, 2232 Piedmont Avenue, seminar room (Room 100).
Demography 296
4 units
Advanced Research Techniques. Problems in data acquisition, analysis, and presentation of technical demographic research. Special research topics in advanced areas, by lecture or seminar conferences on foci to be announced. Required of graduate students in the Ph.D. program in Demography. Josh Goldstein, Wednesday 2-4 pm, room 100 (seminar room), 2232 Piedmont Avenue.