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William R. Lavely
SIS 430
Seattle Campus

International Population

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


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 M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/14/1999