Department of Demography

Spring 2016 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, Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-12:30pm, 140 Barrows Hall. CCN 18206 (Demography) and CCN 39488 (History).

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?

Joshua Goldstein, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-3:30pm in F295 Haas. CCN 18209 (Demography) and CCN 22630 (Economics).


Demography 198 Section 002

1 unit

Professionalization in the Social Sciences. Students preparing for careers in research, policy or related fields need to have certain professional and technical skills that are not usually provided within other existing courses. This class is designed to fill that need. Topics covered include: 

*Using Excel and PowerPoint to present statistical results.

*Using PowerPoint effectively in presentations.

*Getting from term papers to reports and articles

*Speaking to groups

*On the job skills and norms: proactivity and respect.

*Understanding structure and purpose in research organizations

*Responsible conduct of research


Leora Lawton. Tuesdays, 10-11am, Room 100 at 2232 Piedmont Avenue. CCN 18227.

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 260 Section 001

2 units

Special Topics in Demography: Basic Mathematical Demography.
This course introduces core topics in mathematical demography
through discussion and in-class computer illustrations and simulations.
Examples of topics include reproductive values, stable states, population
momentum, approach to stability, demographic feedback, and evolutionary
models. The course will carry 1 or 2 units (to be arranged) and will
meet in the first part of the semester, not overlapping with Demography

Ken Wachter. Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30am and 1:30-2:30pm, 2232 Piedmont Avenue, room 100 (seminar room). CCN 18230.

*This course is a half semester beginning on January 20 and ending March 2, 2016.


Demography 260 Section 002

2 units

260 Syllabus


Special Topics in Demography: Topics in Data Science and Demography. This course provides a broad introduction to the empirical and theoretical study of social networks. We will cover classic and contemporary studies, beginning with fundamental definitions and models, and then moving through a range of topics, likely including models of network formation and structure (homophily, foci, communities); dynamic processes on networks (contagion, influence, and disease models); collaborative networks; online networks; and network sampling and data collection.  The course material is intended to be of interest to students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including demography, sociology, statistics, computer science, and related fields.

Dennis Feehan. Mondays, 10am-1pm, 2232 Piedmont Avenue, room 100 (seminar room). CCN 18232.

* This course is a half semester beginning on February 29, 2016 and runs to the end of the spring semester.


Demography 260 Section 003


Historical Demography: The Era of Modern Population Growth Revisited. The year 1800 marks the beginning of the first period in human history of sustained and simultaneous economic and demographic growth. It is a period in which population growth far surpassed anything experienced previously and has led to a very full world, with 7 billion inhabitants at present and possibly as many as 10 billion by the end of this present century. This course examines the factors that allowed humans to break free from the "Malthusian trap" that characterized all pre-modern human societies. We then trace the arc of economic and population growth into our own time. Our focus will be on the often under-appreciated role of the Demographic Transition in the development first of Europe, then Asia and now Africa. Its pervasive implications for social and economic modernization of the developed and the developing worlds are discussed in detail. We also examine some long-term implications of the Demographic Transition for human populations how these may differ in different world regions during the 21st Century.

David Reher. Wednesdays 2-5pm, 2232 Piedmont Avenue, room 100. CCN 18272.