Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE SOC2071

 
TITLE Demography 1

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Sociology

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will provide an overview of the evolution of demography from an accounting technique into a science with its own theories (Theory of Demographic Transition for example), its own observation plans in the form of Lexis diagram for cohort and cross-sectional approaches, mortality analysis and life table functions, fertility and reproduction issues, nuptiality and family formation as well as international and internal migration movements. It will at the end summarise the knowledge in the form of hypothesis necessary for population and household projections and their applications.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at providing a better understanding of population processes at micro (individual), mezo (family) and macro (society, community) level to a student who is oriented towards understanding sociological processes and trends. This better understanding will result in student's ability to explain demographic processes such as: why reproductive considerations and decissions varied throughout human history, why people move, why people live and work longer, or why mortality of infants differ from that one of the adults, to mention but a few. These and other processes and how they were embedded in demographic theories will be the aim of this study-unit.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Explain and measure mortality - life table;
- Distinguish between cohort and cross-sectional approaches in demography;
- Explain the differences in age-specific fertility rates and why they change from generation to generation;
- Understand different migratory movements and difficulties in data collection;
- Differentiate between sources of population and household data;
- Explain why populations differ in their development and outcomes.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Apply cohort approach adopted by demographers as a monitoring tool;
- Read and understand without difficulty a life table;
- Measure international migration based on scarce data;
- Make projections of population;
- Create a questionnaire for census or survey data collection purposes.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Poston, Dudley and Bouvier, Leon (2010) "Population and Society: An Introduction to Demography", Cambridge University Press (main textbook)

Supplementary textbooks:

- Rowland T. Donald (2009) "Demographic Methods and Concepts", Oxford University Press.
- Hinde, Andrew (1998) "Demographic Methods", Arnold.
- Palmore and Gardner (1989) "Measuring Mortality, Fertility and Natural Increase", East-West Population Institute, East-West Center.
- Newell, Colin (1988) "Methods and Models in Demography", Belhaven Press, London.
- Chiang Chin Long (1984) "The Life Table and its Applications", Robert Krieger Publishing Co.
- Shryok and Siegel (1978) "The Methods and Materials of Demography", Washington, DC, Academic Press, New York (condensed version).

In addition, the lecurer shall provide the handouts with graphs, tables which will cover all sections intended in this course as listed in the document provided to the Sociology Department Board.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Maja Miljanic Brinkworth

 
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