Population Studies and Demography Syllabus
Studies, Population Demography, Demographic transition
College of Population
Studies Syllabus - Chulalongkorn University Program in Demography (M.A.)
Demography Syllabus - Department of Sociology - University of Oregon
and Development Syllabus - University of Chicago
Syllabus at Southwest Texas State University
Population and Ecology - University of Missouri -
Syllabus and Class Information
Instructor: Theresa Goedeke, Assistant Instructor: Ann D. Breidenbach
Course Goals: In this course we will identify and discuss changing population patterns and
develop an understanding of how those changes relate to some of the central environmental
issues debated today. To achieve these goals we will
1) explore the dynamics of population size, distribution
2) examine the affects that populations patterns, as well
as cultural and social patterns, have on the environment;
3) discuss the social, cultural, and environmental
implications of strategies and policies developed to address population and environmental
Hohm, Charles, Lori Jones and Shoon Lio, Eds. 2000. Opposing Viewpoints: Population. San
Diego: Greenhaven Press.
Livernash, Robert and Eric Rodenburg. 1998. Population Change, Resources, and the
Environment. Washington, D.C.: Population Reference Bureau.
McFalls, Joseph A. 1998. Population: A Lively Introduction, 3rd Edition. Washington, D.C.:
Population Reference Bureau.
POPULATION STUDIES - University of North Alabama - COURSE SYLLABUS
Course Description and Objectives:
The course is designed to be an introduction to the study of population. Major objectives
are to introduce basic population concepts and to explain variations in population growth
and decline. Attention will be given to world and national population composition and
distribution, and to major population processes (fertility, mortality, migration) and to
the social, cultural, psychological, economic, political, and biological factors involved
in changes in these. As consequences of population changes are examined, an awareness will
develop that there is a demographic foundation for many current social issues and problems
such as those relating to aging, crime, marriage and family, economic development and
opportunity, environmental quality, and food and energy resources. Major theories of
population change will be introduced and will be evaluated throughout the course so that
the student can develop his/her own demographic perspective for understanding a future
that will be shared with billions more people than there are today. The objectives of the
course will be accomplished by means of lectures, discussion, exercises, reading in text
and other sources, films, guest speakers, and miscellaneous assignments.
COURSE OUTLINE: SO 324 POPULATION STUDIES
A. Types of Population Data
B. Perspectives for Understanding Population Change
C. Overview of World Population
II. Elements of Population Change
III. Population Composition
A. Age and Sex
B. Education, Occupation, and Income
C. Race and Ethnicity
IV. Impact of Demography on Current Social Concerns
A. Marriage and Family
D. Economic Development
E. Food and Environmental Resources
Demography at Southwest
Texas State University - www.swt.edu/~dm28/sylldem.htm
This course will introduce you to the changing nature of population around the globe. Some
of the questions we are going to address in this course are:
Why do some countries continue to experience population increase whereas some countries
experience population decline?
How has the pattern of diseases changed over time? Is there a new increasing trend in
Why do people move from regionally and nationally? What are the motivating factors?
Gain a clear understanding of demographic theories and concepts.
Get familiarized with demographic data sources, e.g. Census, vital statistics.
Appreciate the utility of demography to better understand the changing nature of our
Text and Readings
Required: Weeks, John, R. Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues. Eight
Palmore, James, A., Robert W. Gardner. 1994. Measuring Mortality, Fertility, and Natural
Increase: A Self-teaching Guide to Elementary Measures. Honolulu: East-west Center.
Newell, Colin. 1988. Methods and Models in Demography. New York: Guilford Press.
Introduction to Demography
Weeks: Chapter 1
Data Sources, Demographic Variables
Weeks: Chapter 2
Iversen, R, Furstenberg, F., Beizer Alisa. 1999. How much do we count? Interpretation and
error making in the decennial census. Demography, 36: 121-34.
Theories of Demography
Weeks: Chapter 3
Caldwell, John C. 1976. Toward a restatement of modern demography theory. Population and
Development Review, 2 (3-4): 321-366.
Freedman, Ronald. 1979. Theories of Fertility Decline: a reappraisal. Social Forces, 58:
Knodel, John, and Etienne van de Walle. 1979. Lessons from the past: policy implications
of historical fertility studies. Population and Development Review, 5: 217-245.
Weeks: Chapter 8
Weeks: Chapter 4
McKeown, T. 1976. The Modern Rise in Population. New York: Academic Press
Olshansky, S.J., Ault, B. 1986. The Fourth Stage of Epidemiological Transition: The Age of
Delayed Degenerative Diseases
Elo, I., Preston, S. Educational Differences in Mortality: United States, 1979-85
Weeks: Chapters 5, 6
Van de Kaa, Dirk. 1987. Europes second demographic transition. Population Bulletin
42, 1 (March).
Becker, G. S. 1981. A Treatise on the Family. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Davis, Kingsley. 1963. The theory of demographic change and response in modern demographic
history. Population Index 29, 4: 345-66.
Davis, Kingsley, and Judith Blake. 1956. Social structure and fertility: An analytic
framework. Economic Development and Cultural Change 4, 2: 112-35.
Easterlin, R.A., and Eileen M. Crimmins. 1985. The Fertility Revolution: A Supply and
Demand Analysis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Weeks: Chapter 7
Lee, Everett S. 1966. A Theory of Migration. Demography 1: 47-57.
Massey, Douglas S., Luin Golding, and Jorge Durand. 1994. Continuities in Transnational
Migration: An Analysis of Nineteen Mexican Communities. American Journal of Sociology 99,
Massey, Douglas S. 1988. Economic Development and International Migration in Comparative
Perspective. Population and Development Review 14, 3: 383-402.
Todaro, Michael P. 1976. Internal migration in developing countries: a review of theory,
evidence, methodology and research priorities. Geneva : International Labor Organization.
Weeks: Chapter 10
Bumpass, L. (1990). Whats happening to the family? Interactions between demographic
and institutional change. Demography 27: 483-43
Cherlin, A.J. (1992). Demographic Trends. In Marriage, Divorce, Remariage (p;: 1-30).
Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.
Glick, P.C. (1988) Fifty years of family demography: A record of social change. Journal of
Marriage and the Family 50: 861-873.
Manning, W., P. Smock. Why marry? Race and transition to marriage among cohabitators.
Demography 32: 509-520
Waite, L.J. 1995. Does marriage matter? Demography 32: 483-520.
Development - University of Chicago
This course is a broad overview of the inter-relationships between demographic growth and
This course is a broad overview of the inter-relationships between demographic growth and
socio-economic development. We will study the causes of modern population growth and the
role of development in past and contemporary mortality and fertility
transitions. We will then study the impact of population growth on long term development,
food production, natural resources and the environment. We will also discuss how
demographic thought and policies have evolved on these issues in light of the
Livi-Bacci, Massimo. 1997 . A Concise History of World Population, 2nd Edition.
Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. [Thereafter L-B]
National Academy of Sciences. 2000. Beyond Six Billion: Forecasting the Worlds
Population. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. [Thereafter N.A.S.]
Demeny, Paul and Geoffrey McNicoll (eds.) 1998. The Reader in Population and
Development.New York: St. Martin's Press. [Thereafter D&M]
Cohen, Joel E. 1995. How many people can the earth support? New York: Norton.
Most required readings are articles now available from the internet. The most
common source there is JSTOR. The address is: www.jstor.org/jstor/
Browse the journals and look for the journal title under the Population
Sociology headings. Then go by volume and issue number.
Coale, Ansley. 1974. "The history of the human population," Scientific American
Notestein, Frank. 1953. Economic problems of population change, Pp.13-31 in
Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference of Agricultural Economists. London:
Oxford University Press.
Caldwell, John. 1976. Toward a restatement of demographic transition theory,
Population and Development Review 2:321-359. (JSTOR)
Bongaarts, John. 1978. Why are high birth rates so low, PDR 1:289-296. (JSTOR)
Lee, Ronald D. 1987. Population dynamics of humans and other animals,
Demography 24(4): 443-465. (JSTOR)
B. The determinants of population growth
B.1. Mortality Change
McKeown, Thomas. 1976. The Modern Rise of Population. London: Edward Arnold. [Crerar Lib
Fogel, Robert W. 1994. Economic growth, population theory, and physiology: The
bearing of long-term processes on the making of economic policy, American Economic
Review 84(3): 369-395. (ProQuest)
Preston, Samuel H. and Michael R. Haines. 1991. Chapter V, Pp.177-210 in Fatal
Years: Child Mortality in Late Nineteenth-Century America. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton
Preston, Samuel H. 1975. "The changing relation between mortality and level of
economic development," Population Studies 29(2): 231-248. (JSTOR)
Caldwell, John. 1986. "Routes to low mortality in poor countries," Population
and Development Review 12(2): 171-220. (JSTOR)
B.2. Fertility Change
Coale, Ansley. 1973. The demographic transition reconsidered, Pp.53-72 in
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population: International. Population
Conference, 1973. Liege: IUSSP.
Knodel, John and Etienne van de Walle. 1979. Lessons from the past: Policy
implications of historical fertility declines, Population and Development Review
Santow, Gigi. 1995. Coitus interruptus and the control of natural fertility,
Population Studies 49:19-44. (JSTOR)
Van de Walle, Etienne. 1992. Fertility Transition, Conscious Choice, and
Numeracy, Demography 29(4): 487-502. (JSTOR)
Hodgson, Dennis. 1988. "Orthodoxy and revisionism in American demography,
Population and Development Review 14(4): 541-569. (JSTOR)
Bongaarts John, W. Parker Mauldin, and James F. Philips. 1990. The demographic
impact of family planning programs, Studies in Family Planning 21: 299-310. (JSTOR)
Hirschman, Charles. 1994. "Why fertility changes," Annual Review of Sociology
Heuveline, Patrick. 1999. The global and regional impact of mortality and fertility
transitions (1950-2000), Population and Development Review 25(4): 681-702.
Cohen, Barney and Mark R. Montgomery. 1998. Introduction, pp.1-38 in Mark R.
Montgomery and Barney Cohen (eds.) From Deaths to Birth: Mortality Decline and
Reproductive Change. Washington: National Academy Press.
B.3 The regulation of population growth
Thornton, Russell. 1997. Aboriginal North American population and rates of decline,
ca. A.D. 1500-1900, Current Anthropology 38(2):310-315. (ProQuest)
Charbonneau, Hubert, Bertrand Desjardins, Jacques Légaré, and Hubert Denis. 2000.
The population of the St. Lawrence Valley, 1608-1760, Pp.99-142 in Michael R.
Haines and Richard H. Steckel (Eds.) A Population History of North America. New York:
Cambridge University Press.
Schofield, Roger. 1989. Family structure, demographic behaviour, and economic
growth, Pp.279-304 in John Walter and Roger Schofield (Eds.) Famine, Disease and the
Social Order in Early Modern Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lesthaeghe, Ron. 1980. On the social control of human reproduction, Population
and Development Review 6:527-548. (JSTOR)
Lee, James Z. and Wang Feng. 1999. Fertility, Pp.83-99 in One Quarter of
Humanity: Malthusian Myths and Chinese Realities. Cambridge, Mass. and London, England:
Harvard University Press.
C. Population growth and development
C.1 Population growth and human development
United Nations Development Program. 1997. "Poverty in the human development index:
Concept and measurement, Pp.15-23 in Human Development Report. New York: Oxford
Galloway, Patrick R. 1988. "Basic patterns in annual variations in fertility,
nuptiality, mortality, and prices in pre-industrial Europe." Population Studies
Simon, Julian L. 1981. Chapters 1 to 3, Pp. 15-53 in The Ultimate Resource.
Princeton: Princeton University Press. [HB871.S5730]
National Academy of Science. 1986. Introduction, and Conclusion,
Pp.1-10 & 85-93 in Population Growth and Economic Development: Policy Questions.
Washington, D.C. [HB884.P66550 1986]
C.2 Population growth and the environment
Carnes, Bruce A. and S. Jay Olshansky. 1993. Evolutionary perspectives on human
senescence, Population and Development Review 19(4): 793-806 (JSTOR)
Vaupel, James W., James R Carey, Kaare Christensen, Thomas E Johnson et al. 1998.
Biodemographic Trajectories of Longevity, Science 280: 855-860. (ProQuest)
Lesthaeghe, Ron and Paul Willems. 1999. Is low fertility a temporary phenomenon in
the European Union, Population and Development Review 25(2): 211-228. (ProQuest)
DEMOGRAPHY - Department of Sociology - University of Oregon - Fall Term, 2003
Prof. P. Gwartney - Professor: Patricia A. Gwartney
This course is appropriate for students with data analysis skills and some prior
background in the study of population. I recommend Soc 303 and a minimum of 12 credits in
Sociology or related fields.
Course Description: Demography is the scientific study of population, emphasizing the
size, composition, distribution, and change in human populations. Demography is
distinguished from other social sciences by the data, tools, methods, and theory that
demographers use. Social demography is an area of inquiry which seeks to
understand the causes and consequences of population and demographic change by examining
sociological and economic variables. In this course, we will focus on the United States
populations age, sex, and racial/ethnic composition, and to a lesser extent world
and Oregon populations). We will examine how these aspects of population composition
relate to social and economic variables, such as education, income, poverty, occupation,
fertility, mortality, health, immigration, and household composition. Since few students
who take this course typically have a solid foundation in demography, I devote the first
part of class to an overview.
Required Readings: All required readings are online and posted to the class website:
All readings are articles and pamphlets, mostly from the U.S. Census Bureau
(www.census.gov) and Population Reference Bureau (www.prb.org).
The assignments are:
Assignment 1: Rates, Population Change; Population Growth in Oregon.
Assignment 2: Sex Ratios and Dependency Ratios
Assignment 3: Age, Period & Cohort Effects.
Assignment 4: Using the Index of Dissimilarity
Assignment 5: Population Autobiography
Assignment 6: Analyzing Vital Statistics Data: Obituaries
Assignment 7: Direct and Indirect Standardization (for graduate students)
Social Demography Course Outline
Introduction to the course. What is demography? Why is it important? Overview of
population processes: How populations grow and change over time - fertility, mortality,
Race/ethnic composition of the USA - Hispanic-Americans: Focus on immigration policy and
associated with language and geography.
The Hispanic Population: 2000
The Two or More Races Population: 2000
Race/ethnic composition of the USA - Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders: Focus on
cohort effects, stereotypes, and socioeconomic achievement.
The Asian Population: 2000
The Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population: 2000
Facts & Features for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2002.
We, the Americans: Asians.
Summary of 1990 Census findings.
We, the Americans: Pacific Islanders.
Summary of 1990 Census findings.
Race/ethnic composition of the USA - American Indians: Focus on population growth and
descent vs. race. Catchup
on previous lectures as needed.
The American Indian and Alaska Native Population: 2000
American Indian Heritage Month: November 2000
Facts about American Indians:
Federally Recognized Indian Tribes
Federally Recognized Native Entities of Alaska
Native American Indian Population Studies
Population Studies - Chulalongkorn University
Master of Arts Program in Demography (M.A.) -
To produce highly qualified academic personnel who can transfer their knowledge in
Demography to the general public. The program graduates shall be highly competent in
conducting both basic and applied research including the interdisciplinary analyses of
relationship between population changes and socio-economic and cultural factors and its
impacts both at national and international levels.
5100 601 Population Studies Course Syllabus (Thai)
Interactions between population size, population composition, spatial distribution,
mortality, fertility and migration; interactions between demographic phenomena and
socio-economic and environmental factors.
5100 602 Nuptiality and Fertility
Levels, patterns and trends of nuptiality and fertility; interactions between nuptiality,
fertility and other factors.
5100 603 Population Distribution and Migration
Levels, patterns and trends of population distribution and migration; interactions between
population distribution, migration and other factors.
5100 604 Morbidity and Mortality
Levels, patterns, causes and trends of morbidity and mortality; interactions with other
internal and external factors of demographic systems.
5100 605 Demographic and Social Concepts and Theories
Important demographic concepts and theories of fertility, mortality migration and
population transition; sociological concepts and theories of both macro and micro levels;
linkages of sociological theories and demography.
5100 606 Population Information, Education, and Communication
Communication concepts, theories, and methods in providing population information and
other related issues, especially on public health.
5100 607 Family and Demographic Change
Relations of demographic change, family size and structure; relationships of family
members; lifestyles; role differentials of family members by gender and age.
5100 608 Gender Roles and Development
Gender status and roles in contemporary societies, analyzed by thories and concepts at
both macro and micro levels, with emphasis on interactions with demographic transition and
socio-economic development in both developed and developing countries.
5100 621 Urban Studies
Concepts, theories and evolution of urban structures and functions; policies and measures
in urban problem solving.
5100 622 Human Ecology
Structure, composition and ecological process of human communities; interrelationships of
population, environment, technology and social organizations; impacts of ecological
transition on quality of life.
5100 623 Population and Environment
Direct and indirect interrelations of population, natural resources and environment;
policies for solving problems with environmental impacts at both macro and micro levels;
mechanisms for sustainable development of quality of life, natural resources and
5100 630 Social Epidemiology
Social, cultural and psychological determinants of risk behaviors and the occurrence of
diseases; relations between population characteristics and morbidity and mortality in that
5100 631 Measurement and Evaluation of Health Behavior
Cross-sectional and longitudinal measurements of health-related behaviors in a population;
operation, processes and effective evaluation of health behavior interventions.
5100 632 Current Issues on Demography and Public Health
Issues of current interest as well as emerging topics in demography and public
5100 633 Population and Reproductive Health
Process of entering into reproductive age and relations to biological changes, and changes
in reproductive and health care behavior; their effects on the health of the population in
reproductive ages; focus on sexual transmitted diseases, family planning, and maternal and
5100 634* Population and Environmental Health
Impacts of environment factors on the physical and mental health of a population; the
diseases associated with environmental factors such as health prevention and promotion
through environmental sanitation.
5100 640 Economic Demography
Interactions between economic and demographic factors emphasizing utilization of economic
concepts in explanning demographic phenomena.
5100 642 Laws and Population
Study of existing laws and regulations related to population dimensions including
policies, structure, compositions and problems.
5100 643* Current Issues in Demography and the Environment
Issues of current interest and emerging topics in demography and the environment.
5100 644* Environmental Impact Analysis
Concepts in maintaining environmental quality; regulations and methods of environmental
impact assessment; methodology obstacles; reliability of results.
5100 650 Statistics for Social Science Research Course Syllabus (Thai)
Probability theory, variable measurement, frequency distribution, sampling, chi-squared
distribution, t-distribution, F-distribution, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance,
regression analysis, path analysis and multiple classification analysis.
5100 652 Basic Demographic Analysis
Sources of population data; the measurement of population composition, spatial
distribution, mortality, fertility, nuptiality, population change, population
5100 653 Social Science Research Methodology Course Syllabus (Thai)
Selection and formulation of research problems; stating purposes and hypotheses; research
design; sampling; methods of data collection; data processing; data analysis and report
5100 656* Pacticum in Population Research
Research-skills training: Research-plan development; questionnaire design; data collection
and processing; statistical analysis and interpretation; report writing.
5100 701 Demography of Aging
Macro and micro levels of the aging process; related theories and concepts; status of the
elderly in developed and developing countries; policies and strategies for improving the
elderly's quality of life.
5100 702 Seminar in Population and Development
Interrelations between population change and socio-economic development at both macro and
micro levels, emphasizing multidisciplinary synthesis.
5100 704 Seminar in Economic Development and Human Resources
Analysis of economic policies and situations in the past, present, and future; comparing
developed and developing countries; concepts and methods of human resource development;
relations between population structure change, economic development and human
5100 711* Individual Study in Social and Economic Demography I
Specific individual topic of study in social and economic demography to be determined
under the supervision of an instructor
5100 712* Individual Study in Social and Economic Demography II
In-depth study of an approved topic in social and economic demography to be determined
under the supervision of an instructor.
5100 731* Individual Study in Demography and Public Health I
Specific individual topic of study in demography and public health to be determined under
the supervision of an instructor.
5100 732* Individual Study in Demography and Public Health II
In-depth study of an approved topic in demography and public health to be determined under
the supervision of an instructor.
5100 741* Individual Study in Demography and the Environment I
Specific individual topic of study in demography and the environment to be determined
under the supervision of an instructor.
5100 742* Individual Study in Demography and the Environment II
In-depth study of an approved topic in demography and the environment to be determined
under the supervision of a structure.