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Population Studies and Demography Syllabus

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College of Population Studies Syllabus - Chulalongkorn University Program in Demography (M.A.)

Social Demography Syllabus - Department of Sociology - University of Oregon

Population and Development Syllabus - University of Chicago

Demography 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 and composition;

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 problems.

Required Texts:
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.

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.

1. Introduction
A. Types of Population Data
B. Perspectives for Understanding Population Change
C. Overview of World Population
II. Elements of Population Change
A. Fertility
B. Mortality
C. Migration
III. Population Composition
A. Age and Sex
B. Education, Occupation, and Income
C. Race and Ethnicity
D. Religion
IV. Impact of Demography on Current Social Concerns
A. Marriage and Family
B. Aging
C. Urbanization
D. Economic Development
E. Food and Environmental Resources

Demography at Southwest Texas State University

Course Outline
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 infectious diseases?
Why do people move from regionally and nationally? What are the motivating factors?
Course Objectives
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 society.
Text and Readings
Required: Weeks, John, R. Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues. Eight Edition.
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: 1-17.
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.
Population Structure
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. Europe’s 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, 6: 1492-1512
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.
Life Tables
Readings: TBA
Family Demography
Weeks: Chapter 10
Bumpass, L. (1990). What’s 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.

Population and Development - University of Chicago
This course is a broad overview of the inter-relationships between demographic growth and socio-economic development.
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
empirical evidence.

Livi-Bacci, Massimo. 1997 [1989]. A Concise History of World Population, 2nd Edition. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. [Thereafter L-B]
National Academy of Sciences. 2000. Beyond Six Billion: Forecasting the World’s 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. [Thereafter Cohen]
Browse the journals and look for the journal title under the “Population Studies” or “Sociology” headings.

A. Introduction
Coale, Ansley. 1974. "The history of the human population," Scientific American 231(3):
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 Stacks R702.M19]
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 University Press.
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 5:217-245. (JSTOR)
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 20: 203-233.
Heuveline, Patrick. 1999. “The global and regional impact of mortality and fertility transitions (1950-2000),” Population and Development Review 25(4): 681-702. (ProQuest)
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 University Press.
Galloway, Patrick R. 1988. "Basic patterns in annual variations in fertility, nuptiality, mortality, and prices in pre-industrial Europe." Population Studies 42:275-302. (JSTOR)
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

D. Futures
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)

SOCIAL 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 population’s 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.

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, and migration.

Race/ethnic composition of the USA - Hispanic-Americans: Focus on immigration policy and demographic diversity associated with language and geography.

Race/ethnic composition of the USA - Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders: Focus on immigration patterns, cohort effects, stereotypes, and socioeconomic achievement.

Race/ethnic composition of the USA - American Indians: Focus on population growth and descent vs. race. Catchup on previous lectures as needed.

College of 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. 
Course Description:

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 environment. 

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 population. 

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 health. 

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 child health. 

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 estimation. 

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 writing.

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 resource. 

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.