Life, Death & Migrations (HIST*4450)
Code and section: HIST*4450*01
Term: Winter 2022
Instructor: Kris Inwood
Method of Delivery:
The class format will meet in the classroom Tuesdays and Thursdays.
This seminar uses quantitative sources and methods to explore historical aspects of demographic experience and social inequality. It examines the value of such data for policy purposes and understanding social and cultural contexts. Students acquire 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.
Upon successful completion of this course, student will have acquired:
- knowledge of demographic experience and social inequality
- critical appreciation of the role of quantitative evidence
- ability to communicate using both quantitative and qualitative evidence
- capacity for independent research
- understanding of quantitative methods
10.00 credits including HIST*2450, and at least 1.00 credits in History at the 3000 level or above.
Method of Evaluation and Weights:
- Newspaper article commentaries - 05%
- Database creation, report & analysis - 15%
- Presentation of research proposal - 05%
- Independent research presentation - 05%
- Independent research essay - 50%
- Discussion (inc feedback on student presentations) - 20%
Pat Hudson, History By Numbers: An Introduction to Quantitative Approaches (London: Arnold, 2000)
Massimo Livi-Bacci, A Concise History of World Population (Wiley-Blackwell, 5th edition 2012). NB: digital copy available through the UG Library
**Please note: This is a preliminary website 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.**