Social demography

Course Code :1300PSWSDM
Study domain:Sociology
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Sequentiality:1300PSWSDM Social demography can only be followed if a credit has been obtained for Statistics 2.
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Karel Neels

3. Course contents *

The course is largely based on i) Daugherty and Kammeyer (1995) An Introduction to Population, ii) Hinde (1998) Demographic Methods and iii) Singer & Willett (2003) Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis. Additional articles in demography and population studies provide updates on recent trends. In line with the textbooks the course consists of 10 chapters:

  • Chapter 1 is situated at an introductory level and looks at demographic challenges for Europe to provide an overview of the field and introduce some demographic fundamentals. The first chapter concludes with an outline of the course.
  • A concise review of the history of population studies is taken up in chapter 2. This chapter includes a review of the concepts of the first and second demographic transition in demographic research.
  • Chapter 3 introduces a distinction between formal demography and population studies and shows how these fields are related to other disciplines such as economics, sociology and social psychology.
  • The data used in demographic research are discussed in chapter 4. This chapter includes a review of data from state-of-the-art international research programmes that are readily available to researchers.
  • Chapter 5 turns to population composition with a special focus on the (changing) age structure of populations.
  • Chapter 6 turns to the analysis of mortality and introduces a large part of the toolkit used by demographers in their study of populations. Apart from these methodological issues, the chapter devotes considerable attention to socio-economic differentials in health and mortality.
  • Chapter 7 deals with the analyses of marriage, cohabitation and fertility. To a large extent this chapter focuses on the emergence of subreplacement fertility that has been one of the driving forces of population aging in recent decades.
  • Chapter 8 deals with migration and looks at the importance of immigration for low fertility countries, recent trends in immigration, but also at the socio-economic position (educational trajectories, labour market outcomes,...) of immigrants in receiving countries.
  • Population projection is taken up in chapter 9. This chapter presents a brief review of the methodology behind population projection, but focuses predominantly on population prospects that have emerged from recent projections.
  • Chapter 10 turns to population policies and politics. The chapter provides a review of the results that have emerged from research into the effects of population policies as well as a critical discussion on the measurement of policy effects.
  • Finally, Chapter 11 provides an introduction to survival analysis and hazard models that are routinely used in demographic research.