20234 - POPULATION DYNAMICS AND ECONOMICS
CLMG - M - IM - MM - AFC - CLEFIN-FINANCE - CLELI - ACME - DES-ESS - EMIT - GIO
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
This course provides a graduate-level introduction to the study of population, ranging from formal and applied demographic techniques to the study of current population trends and of their interrelationships with the economy.
The course is divided into four themes - all central in demography and population dynamics.
For each theme, we introduce key measurements and methods, show recent converging/differential geographical trends, give an overview of how social scientists have approached the theme over recent years - for then to present cutting edge and up to date research issues.
The themes are
- Population structure and demographic processes.
- Family change: women's (incomplete) revolution and gender equality.
- From boom to bust: international perspectives on fertility.
- The saga of human longevity: life expectancy, health and inequality.
- Basic concepts and measures of population structure.
- Births, migration and deaths in historical and current perspective (the demographic transition).
- Age distributions and the economy.
- Measurement of fertility. Postponement and tempo effects.
- Fertility and economic development.
- Migration and reproduction.
- The transition to adulthood.
- The "second demographic" transition.
- Life course and social norms.
- Gender and family change.
- The life table, differential life table patterns and measure of life expectancy.
- The frontiers of survival - contemporary debates on current trends.
- Measuring health conditions in developed and developing countries.
- Using demographic tools to understand health and well-being.
- Population health under globalization, increasing inequality and substantive convergence.
The written exam consists of:
- A 1st partial (covering the material presented in Parts 1 and 2) and a 2nd partial (covering the material from Parts 3 and 4), each weighing 50%.
- A general exam weighing 100%.
- Lecture slides and papers to be specified in the detailed syllabus.