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Department of Demography

Spring 2014 Courses

The following courses will be offered during the spring semester. 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 145AC
Cross listed with History 139B
4 units
The American Immigrant Experience.This course will try to present a survey of American History emphasizing the role of
immigrants and of immigration. We define immigrant broadly enough to include the enslaved and at times those who walked across a land bridge from Asia 20,000 years ago. However, our main focus will be on Africans and Europeans during the 19th Century and Asians and Latin Americans during the 20th and 21st Centuries. We will include three lab assignments which will be done in small groups. The labs will require the use of a spreadsheet program, groups may choose to use other software tools as well. The data for the labs are drawn from the US Census; each lab will require effort both in performing the required analysis and in interpreting the results. No computing experience -- other than with a spreadsheet program -- is expected. Labs are largely but not entirely group projects.

This course satisfies that American Cultures Requirement.

Carl Mason, Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4pm, 110 Barrows.
Demography/Econ C175
spring 2014 syllabus (pdf)
spring 2009 webcast
3 units
Introduction to Economic Demography. How do economic changes affect marriage, divorce, and child-bearing decisions? How does immigration to the US affect the ethnic composition of the population, the earnings of native workers, taxes on natives, and the macro-economy? What causes the aging of populations, and how will population aging affect the economies of industrial nations, and in particular, pension programs like Social Security? What accounts for the rise in women's participation in the wage labor force over the past century? How are family composition and poverty interrelated? Does rapid population growth slow economic development in Third World countries? Ronald Lee, Tues/Thur 2-3:30 pm in F295 Haas.
Demography 211
4 units
Advanced Demographic Analysis. Prerequisites: 210, 110, or consent of instructor. This course provides an overview of statistical methods commonly used in demography. Topics covered include linear, logistic and Poisson regression, Bayesian inference, survival analysis, multilevel modeling and case studies on estimation and projection of demographic indicators, including estimation procedures when dealing with limited data or with data quality issues, and probabilistic projection methods. The focus is on understanding and applying statistical concepts and methods, including model interpretation and model checking. The class includes a project, in which students carry out a substantial data analysis/modelling exercise (on a topic and dataset of their choice) using the methods discussed in class. Leontine Alkema, time Tue/Thurs, 11 am to 12:30 pm, 2232 Piedmont Avenue, room 100 (seminar room).
Demography 260
1-4 units
Special Topics in Demography. Topics to vary according to student need and demand. Ken Wachter, time Wed, 9:30-11:30 am and 1:30-2:30 pm, 2232 Piedmont Avenue, room 100 (seminar room).
Demography C275A/Econ C275A
3 units
Economic Demography. Economic Demography teaches economic consequences of demographic change in developed and developing countries, for savings and capital formation, labor markets and intergenerational transfers. It also considers economic influences on family, fertility, migration, health and mortality. Ronald Lee, Wed 4-6 pm, 2232 Piedmont Avenue, room 100 (seminar room).