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Department of Demography

Fall 2012 Courses

The following courses will be offered in fall 2012. 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
current description and syllabus
3 units
Demographic Methods: Introduction to Population Analysis is 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. Ken Wachter, Tuesday-Thursday 9:30-11:00, 110 Wheeler.
Demography/ Sociology C126
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. John Wilmoth, Tuesday-Thursday 2:00-3:30 pm, 56 Barrows.
Demography 210
current description and syllabus
4 units
Demographic Methods: Rates and Structures is 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. Ken Wachter, Wednesdays 3-6, 55 Evans.
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 1-2pm in the seminar room at 2232 Piedmont Ave. AND Wednesdays 1-3pm in the computer lab at 2232 Piedmont Ave.
Demography 260
3 units
Special Topics in Demography: The Politics of Population Policies
Controversies about population trends have been with us since ancient times. Whether it is a question of population growth, high or low fertility, population aging, or international migration, there have been diverse opinions about whether current trends are desirable and, if not, about how to alter their trajectories. Such opinions have influenced events and discussions in the political arena, often leading to government policies with effects (intentional or not) on various population processes. More details can be found in the class flier. Ruth Dixon-Mueller and John Wilmoth, Mondays 3:30-6pm, seminar room (room 100), 2232 Piedmont Ave.