Population Studies Minor Courses offered Spring 2018

Core Course

PA 5301 – Population Methods and Issues in the US and Global South
This course surveys population trends and issues and teaches basic demographic methods. Topics include fertility, mortality, and the demographic transition; population growth and the environment; infant mortality; sexuality and the control of fertility; US trends in family structure; and aging. The course is aimed at Master's and Ph.D. students but serious upper- level undergraduates are welcome. The course will be "web enhanced" but the home page will be available only to registered students.

Elective Courses

FW 5051 – Analysis of Populations
This course covers the basics of experimental design and sampling techniques as they relate to fisheries and wildlife conservation. We examine methods for estimating population size, population change, and population vital rates (i.e., components of birth, death, immigration, and emigration rates). It is appropriate for seniors or graduate students in FWCB, EEB, Cons Bio, ESPM and others who have a basic understanding of ecology and statistics. The first hour of each class session will be lecture format and the remainder will involve discussion and/or hands-on problem solving using computer programs.

HIST 8970 – Fertility and the Family
This course examines trends, differentials and transitions in human fertility and the family, focusing on historical and contemporary fertility transitions in developed and developing countries and economic, social, and biological factors affecting fertility.

HSG 8463 – Housing: Race and Class
Intersections between housing, race, and class. How housing reflects and helps to constitute racial/class difference. Housing as spatial expression of race/class. Case studies.

PA 5204 – Urban Spacial and Social Dynamics
Behavioral theories of internal spatial arrangement, functioning, characteristics of cities at macro level/how they produce system of cities. Factors influencing urban spatial structure over time. Urban form, land use/rent. Spatial expression of economic, social, political forces. prereq: urban/regional planning Major/minor in or public affairs PhD or instructor consent.

PA 5451/PUBH 6281 – Immigrant Health Issues (PA5451: Immigration, Health, and Public Policy)
This course is taught entirely on-line, but the interaction among students and between the students and the instructor permit us to get to know one another and to have lively exchanges of ideas and reports on community-based assignments. It is designed for current or future policy makers or service providers who want to understand how to design effective and culturally relevant programs and services for immigrants. Note that no previous health background is required. 'Health' is defined broadly to include social characteristics and access to services. The course can be taken for either four-credits (with final project), or three-credits (without final project).

PA 8331 – Economic Demography
This course will expose you to the major economic theories in demography, including those of migration, mortality, fertility, marriage, family formation, and others. We will also discuss recent empirical work on these same topics and explore the difficulties of causal inference in demography. You will have the opportunity to lead discussions and prepare lectures on demographic topics of your choice.

PUBH 6605 – Reproductive and Perinatal Health
Epidemiology, programs, services, and policies. Social, cultural, psychological, physiologic, environmental, economic, and political factors that affect reproductive health, pregnancy, and childbearing. prereq: Public health student or grad student or instructor consent.

PUBH 6607 – Adolescent Health: Issues, Programs, and Policies
Major public health issues of adolescents in the United States. Emphasizes prevention and health promotion strategies and effectiveness of programs and policies.

SOC 8090 Sec 2 – Migration and Migrants in Demographic Perspective
This course provides a graduate-level treatment of major theoretical and empirical debates in demographic research on migration and migrants, and considers questions such as: i) why people migrate (or not) and how migration decisions are made; ii) the effects of migration in sending and receiving societies, iii) the role of the state, including migration and integration policies, iv) the effects of migration on migrants themselves, including linking to debates on assimilation, integration and social exclusion, and v) measuring and modeling migration in empirical research. Although this course comes with "demographic" in the title and fulfills one of the seminar requirements for graduate trainees and the population studies minor at the Minnesota Population Center, as the above questions make clear, it is necessarily much broader in scope, and draws from quantitative and qualitative research in economics, demography, human geography, history, political science, population health, public policy, and sociology.

SOC 8890 –Sex, Death, and Mobility: Population Modeling
"He not busy being born is busy dying." -- Bob Dylan
Populations are made up of people whose lives are changing all the time: growing up; moving around; having kids; gaining and losing jobs and spouses; entering and leaving schools and prisons; getting sick; and dying. This course covers population modeling techniques from the demographic tradition, organized around these kinds of life changes. These techniques excel at describing social and epidemiological changes occurring along multiple time scales simultaneously; identifying the inequalities lurking beneath population averages; and figuring out what population a research question is really about. The course assumes no prior knowledge of demography and will cover a range of applications from across the social and health sciences.