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Samuel J Clark
SOC 433
Seattle Campus

Research Methods in Demography

Basic measures and models used in demographic research. Sources and quality of demographic data. Rate construction, standardization, the life table, stable population models, migration models, population estimation and projection, measures of concentration and dispersion, measures of family formation and dissolution.

Class description

This course introduces the basic concepts and measures employed by Demographers. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the basic structure and dynamics of a population and to familiarize them with commonly used measures and analytical tools. Human populations will be emphasized while most of the material presented will apply equally well to other types of populations. Upon completing the course students should be able to use the basic tools of Demographic Analysis and be able to read Demographic Literature.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, problem sets, midterm, final.

Recommended preparation

This course assumes a command of arithmetic and experience using MS Excel to manipulate numbers. Students should be able to enter and manipulate “formulas” in Excel. Although not necessary, familiarity with Calculus will allow the student to read more widely and appreciate the derivations of the techniques presented.

Class assignments and grading

There are six assignments. Each of these must be completed in full and handed in by their due date in order to receive credit. They will be available both on paper and on the class web site faculty.washington.edu/samclark/Soc433.

The course grade will be based on six assignments (40%), an in-class midterm (20%), a take-home final examination (30%) and class participation (10%).


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.
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Last Update by Samuel J Clark
Date: 03/27/2006