Department of Demography

Fall 2017 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 88
2 units

Immigration: What do the data tell us? This course will cover the small but important part of the rich history human migration that deals with the population of the United States--focusing on the 20th and 21st Centuries. We will use the tools of DS8 to answer specific questions that relate to the themes of this course: (1) Why do people migrate? (2) Is immigration good or bad for receiving (and sending) countries? (3) How do immigrants adapt and how do societies change in response? In addition to scientific questions, this course will also address the demographic and political history of immigration in the US -- an understanding  of which is crucial for understanding  both the broad contours of US history and the particular situation in which we find ourselves today. Carl Mason, Tuesdays 10am-12pm, 105 Cory.

**Corequisite or Prerequisite: Foundations of Data Science (COMPSCI C8 / INFO C8 / STAT C8). This course is a Data Science connector course and is meant to be taken concurrent with or after COMPSCI C8/ INFO C8 / STAT C8. Students may take more than one Data Science connector course if they wish, concurrent with or after having taken the C8 course.

Demography 110

Demog 110 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, TTh 3:30-5pm, Moffitt 145

Demography/ Sociology C126

C126 Syllabus 2017
4 units

Sex, Death and Data. Introduction to population issues and the field of demography, with emphasis on historical patterns of population growth and change during the industrial era. Topics covered include the demographic transition, resource issues, economic development, the environment, population control, family planning, birth control, family and gender, aging, intergenerational transfers, and international migration. Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, MWF 11:00 am-12:00 pm, 2 LeConte.


Demog 160 Syllabus

2 units

Doing your own quantitative social science research project.

This class is ideal for students considering graduate school or policy work. You will learn how to identify an academic research topic that is meaningful and interesting to you.  Acceptable projects will be interdisciplinary topics in the area of demography, family, labor, health, aging, and related topics. In this course, students will engage with the material by identifying the topic, formulating a question, conducting a literature review, selecting a data source, learning how to analyze the data, interpret and present the results, and discuss the implications of the findings. Students will present their research at the end of the semester. Students are encouraged to 'pair' this course with another substantive course such as Demog/Sociol C126 (Sex, Death, and Data),  Family Sociology (Soc 111AC), and many others. This class can also be preparation for an honors thesis or mentored research with faculty. Leora Lawton. Wednesdays, 2-4pm, 102 Barrows.

Prerequisites: Introduction to statistics, Intro to sociology or economics, upper division status.

Demography 210

Demog 210 Syllabus
4 units

Demographic Methods: Rates, Structures and Models. An advanced course in basic demographic methods. It presents training in life tables, hazard models including Cox Proportional Hazards, frailty and unobserved heterogeneity, population projection with Leslie Matrices, the concept of a synthetic cohort, the fundamentals of stable population theory, and other topics as time permits.

Demography 210 involves use of the R statistical language and some reliance on basic calculus. Demography 210 parallels the topics in Demography 110 but at a faster and deeper level. Demography 110 is not necessary as a prerequisite, but prior or concurrent enrollment can be helpful. Robert Chung, TTh 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.