Life, Death and Migrations (HIST*4450) | College of Arts

Life, Death and Migrations (HIST*4450)

Code and section: HIST*4450*01

Term: Winter 2017

Instructor: Kris Inwood


Course Synopsis:

This seminar uses quantitative sources and methods to explore such themes as social inequality and demographic experience.  It examines the value of such data for policy purposes, as well as the social and cultural contexts in which surveys are developed and undertaken.  Students acquire useful skills for employment and graduate school by improving their capacity for quantitative description and analysis.  During the first half of the semester we survey the historical experience of demographic change, review simple statistical concepts, and acquire direct ‘hands-on’ experience with databases.  In the second half of the semester, students develop and report on independent research projects using quantitative evidence.

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

Small assignments  25%
Class discussion   25%
Independent research presentation and essay  50%

 Text and/or Resources Required:

Massimo Livi-Bacci, A Concise History of World Population
Pat Hudson, History By Numbers

*Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.