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DSOC 25A10 - Population Dynamics

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2020-2021

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Basic statistical concepts.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the principles, approaches and quantitative methods of population analysis and demographic phenomena (population structures and movement, trends in mortality, fertility, and migration). Students learn how demographic dynamics are linked with socio-economic advancement, in different regions of the world. To discuss demographic phenomena like the demographic transition, population growth and population aging, students will be made familiar with demographic concepts, socio-economic theory and descriptive statistics. The presentation of specific analytical tools for the measurement of population dynamics will provide students with the ability to read the tables and the graphs that will be displayed later in the course. Students will also be made familiar with current empirical research results in the field of demography. Finally, students will be encouraged to discuss policy implications of demographic challenges in diverse regions of the world.


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Course validation

3 grades: 1 individual written test in the middle of the semester (theory, statistics) 1 oral presentation during the semester: group of max. 4 students (topic: causes and consequences of demographic dynamics in a certain region) 1 individual written test during the last lecture (interpretation of research results, policy implications) Students have the possibility to raise the final grade (= average of 3 grades) by one point in the case of regular oral participation during the lectures

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.