Department of Demography

Fall 2016 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 3:30-5pm, 3108 Etcheverry.

Social Networks

L&S 88-4
2 Units

Social Networks. This course is meant to be taken concurrently with Computer Science C8/Statistics C8/Information C8. Students may take more than one data science connector course if they wish, ideally concurrent with or after having taken the C8 course. Connector courses are intended to connect the Foundations of Data Science (COMPSCI C8/INFO C8/STAT C8) course with particular fields of study. They will apply the concepts and techniques of the foundation course to topics of interest in a particular discipline in order for students to develop critical thinking in data in subject areas that most interest them; these courses also provide a more nuanced understanding of the context in which the data comes into existence.
Dennis Feehan Evans 458 Mo 2:00PM - 3:59PM 08/24/2016 - 12/09/2016

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. Staff, Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-2:00 pm, 60 Barrows.

2 units
Applying to Graduate School/Applying for Grants. Students preparing for careers in research, policy or related fields will likely at some point need to apply to graduate school, and also write proposals for grants and contracts. Both require training to do so effectively, although this training is not typically provided in the classroom. This class is designed to fill that need.

Leora Lawton. TH, 10-11am, Room 100 at 2232 Piedmont Avenue.

Class Number 31746
Prerequisites: None.
*This course is intended for Demography minors, Cal-ADAR students (Advancing Diversity in Aging Research), and juniors and seniors in the Social Sciences.

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 11am-12:30pm, 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.
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 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.