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Recent Advances in Demographic Research - Online

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The course considers key social debates that flow from demographic change such as overpopulation, fertility decline, rural population sustainability and population ageing.

You will learn about the demographic data and methods and theory that underpin such debates with hands-on opportunities to undertake analysis using real demographic data. 

The course includes a set of practicals which involve downloading real demographic data and undertaking analysis using Excel. An understanding of the use of formulas in Excel is expected.

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Professor Allan Marshall
Course Description

The course covers:

  • Key social and political debates around demographic change
  • Demographic Data and analysis of fertility (period and cohort), mortality (including life tables), migration
  • Population Projections
  • Emerging demographic methods and issues

 By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understanding of the way demographic pattern and process influence our understanding of changing populations and of related social issues
  • Knowledge and understanding of the key theory and principles underlying demographic analysis
  • Ability to calculate and interpret a range of measures for demographic analysis
  • The ability to access and use appropriate data sources for demographic analysi
  • An ability to use demographic data sources and demographic method intelligently in a range of real world applications

There are no pre-requisites for the workshop. An interest is demographic processes and some knowledge of rudimentary statistics and the use of formulas in Excel will be helpful however.

Course will be delivered on-line from 09:30 – 16:30

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