William R. Lavely
Demographic situation of the world and of major world regions. The demographic transition. Topics include public health, policies of fertility and mortality control, international migration, relation of population growth to economic development, social change, and resource constraints. Exploration and manipulation of international demographic data.
This course provides some basic conceptual tools for thinking about the role of population in development and social change, including the theory of demographic transition, and theories linking population and economy. It will also introduce basic demographic measures. It will also consider the causes and implications of some important demographic trends specific to major world regions, including AIDS in Africa, rising sex ratios in Asia, and rising mortality in the former Soviet Union.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The instructor will lecture and lead discussions.
There is no prerequisite for the course.
Class assignments and grading
There will be short written assignments which will test critical understanding of assigned readings.
Examinations will include short essays and multiple choice questions. The grade will also be based on the written assignments and on class participation.