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Suzanne D Withers
GEOG 245
Seattle Campus

Geographic Perspectives on U.S. Population Diversity

Introduction to population geography. Offers a practical understanding of population processes (fertility, mortality, and migration); knowledge of geographic variation in population structures and characteristics; knowledge of data sources for demographic research; experience using formal demographic methods for geographic research; and an appreciation for the demographic underpinnings of contemporary social issues.

Class description

This course serves as an introduction to the field of population geography. The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the geographic variation of the diversity of America's population. The course advances a demographic perspective towards understanding social change. Students will gain an understanding of the connections between population processes (temporal and spatial) and societal dynamics and diversity. National, regional and local scales of variation are examined. The course addresses such topics as the history of U.S. immigration policy, the concept of 'race' and its treatment in the U.S. census over time, exploring mortality differences, political redistricting and affirmative gerrymandering, measures of segregation, and variations in the internal migration of populations.

Student learning goals

A practical understanding of population processes (fertility, mortality, and migration)

Knowledge of the geographic variation in population structure and characteristics

Knowledge of sources of data for demographic research

Experience using the methods of formal demography for geographic research

Experience using geographic information systems (GIS) for demographic research

An appreciation for the demographic underpinnings of contemporary social issues

General method of instruction

Lectures, films, labs, seminar discussions.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Suzanne D Withers
Date: 09/23/2012