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K2SP 3075 - Social and demographic trends in contemporary Europe

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Basic statistical concepts.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to make students familiar with demographic concepts, statistical measures and empirical analysis to describe and understand socio-demographic transitions in Europe and their interplay with public policies and economic dynamics. Therefore, students learn how to apply a quantitative approach to study population issues. They will be made familiar with statistical tools to measure demographic dynamics as well as with econometric tools to evaluate the impact of public policies on demographic dynamics and their link with macroeconomic settings. A key issue will be the knowledge and critical evaluation of European data on income, living conditions and demographic dynamics, in the light of current research in the field. Another focus will be set on policy implications of demographic dynamics in developed countries.


  • GREULICH, Angela (Professeur des universités)
  • INAN, Ceren M. (Market researcher)

Pedagogical format

Lecture with interactive parts (discussion of readings, group presentations) and a teaching assistant who provides assistance for preparing the individual test and the group dissertation.

Course validation

One individual test in the middle of the semester One group-dissertation at the end of the semester Students have the possibility to raise their final grade by 1 to 2 points if they volunteer to do a (group-) presentation on regional demographic dynamics and their policy implications during the lecture.


Students are expected to read short articles (4-page format) before the lecture and to discuss them during class.

Required reading

“Population and Society”- articles will be handed out to prepare the lectures:

Additional required reading

  • Casselli G., Vallin J., and Wunsch G. (2006): “Demography: Analysis and Synthesis. A Treatise in Population Studies.” Burlington, MA and San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
  • Selected research analysis recently published in Demography, Population and Development Review, Demographic Research, Population etc., for which 4-page summaries are available on: