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Fall 2 2007

Dr. M. Castro
2.5 Credits
Lectures, class discussions, labs.

This is an introductory level class on the analysis of mortality, fertility and population change. It is required for all masters' and doctoral students in the department of Population and International Health. Students are introduced to the core literature in this field through lectures, and assigned readings selected from peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. Together, these provide a graduate-level introduction to the principle sources and characteristics of population data and to the essential methods used for the analysis of population problems. The emphasis throughout is on understanding the key processes, models and assumptions used primarily for the analysis of demographic components. Practical training will be given through a required weekly laboratory session, assignments, and a final examination. Examples presented in class and used in assignments are drawn from several countries, combining both developed and developing in assignments are drawn from several countries, combining both developed and developing world realities.

Course Note: Ordinal grading option only.

Fall 2006

Dr. M. Castro
2.5 credits
Lectures, class discussions, labs.

This is an introductory level class on the analysis of mortality, fertility and population change. It is required for all masters' and doctoral students in the Department of Population and International Health. Students are introduced to the core literature in this field through lectures, readings presented in a course packet and textbooks. Together, these provide a graduate-level introduction to the principle sources and characteristics of population data and to the essential methods used for the analysis of population problems. The emphasis throughout is on understanding the key processes, models and assumptions used primarily for the analysis of the demography of developing countries. Several case studies are presented in detail. Practical training will be given through a required weekly laboratory session, homework exercises, a mid-term and a final examination.
Course Note: Ordinal grading option only.


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