Many of today’s critical challenges, from climate change and human rights violations, to health inequality and the sustainability of social security systems, are related to population processes. A large number of social problems are intimately connected to changes in population size, age structure, composition, and spatial distribution. The main goal of this course is to provide you with a set of tools for understanding the causes of population dynamics and the consequences of population processes for our societies. The course will offer an introduction to measures and methods of demographic research and to important substantive areas of inquiry at the intersection of sociological and population research. The course would help you integrate a demographic perspective into the study of social, political, environmental, and economic issues. At the end of the course you would have an expanded set of skills as a social scientist and you would become a more informed consumer of news and political reports about issues related to population problems.
Course Syllabus [PDF]: SOC331_Syllabus_Spring2015.pdf