Demography Courses Spring 2017

Methods of Demographic Analysis – 35050 – DCP 70200/SOC 81900 – 0
GC: R, 11:45 am – 1:45 pm, 3 credits, Professor Frank Heiland

This course gives students an overview of some of the major demographic methods used in the study of population, and includes the standard procedures for the measurement of fertility, mortality, natural increase, migration, and nuptiality. Students will learn how to construct demographic rates, life tables, and population projections, and how to carry out standardization, decomposition of differences, analysis of fertility and nuptiality patterns, analysis invoking model life tables and stable population theory, and analysis of nonstable populations.

Spatial Demography – 35051 – DCP 80300/SOC 81900 – 0
GC: M, 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm, 3 credits, Professor Deborah Balk

This course provides an overview of spatial themes and techniques in demography. Examples will be drawn from many substantive areas (e.g., mortality, fertility, urbanization, migration, poverty). Students will learn about the spatial construction of place, basic mapping skills and spatial data creation as well as statistical methods to explore and model spatially-referenced data to answer demographic (and allied) questions. In the most advanced topics, students examine the special difficulties that spatial data may create for standard regression approaches, and learn models and approaches for undertaking multivariate regression analysis in the presence of spatial heterogeneity and/or spatial dependence. Emphasis in the course is evenly split between learning how to make maps and spatial analysis. Pre-requisite: Introductory statistics including multiple linear regression; DCP 701 or permission of instructor.

Comparative Perspectives on  Immigration – 35355 – SOC 85902 – 0
GC: T, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 3 credits, Professors Richard Alba and Nancy Foner

A comparative perspective can yield fresh insights into the nature and impact of immigration and integration.  The focus in this course will be on comparisons that explore how Western European countries, the United States, and Canada, have been dealing with the incorporation of millions of immigrants and their descendants in the past few decades.  We will seek to identify – and explain — the contrasts as well as parallels in Western Europe and North America, a process that can deepen our insight into the underlying causes of inclusion and exclusion of immigrants and their children as well as how they are remaking the societies where they now live. We will be examining, among others, issues pertaining to religion, race, educational achievement among the second generation, political and labor market incorporation, residential segregation, intermarriage and identities, and the rise of xenophobic movements. Students will critically discuss and prepare comments on relevant works on each of the topics discussed and write a final research paper.

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