SOC451 Online Description

This course engages the topic of population studies from within the discipline of sociology. We will study demographic theories, describe some basic techniques of demographic analysis, and discuss the policy implication of population studies. While Demography is mostly a strongly quantitative social science, this class will focus mostly on the theoretical and conceptual components of population studies and on the practical aspects that derive from this discipline (i.e. its impacts on nations, on the everyday lives of individuals, on policy, and on social change). To achieve this you will be continuously asked to exercise critical thinking skills and to apply sociological concepts in order to evaluate major demographic theories, concepts, and policies. For critical thinking we will understand the application, analysis, and evaluation of information and evidence gathered or generated through a methodic and scientific approach with the objective of reaching clear, precise, consistent, and reasoned conclusions about our world and its different societies