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Basic Demographic Methods

  • 7.5 credits

Course at advanced level for students interested in population issues such as fertility, mortality and migration.

The course aims to develop students’ analytical and interpretative skills by familiarizing them with basic concepts and measures in demography. Students will use, present and interpret basic demographic methods, including the life table, standardization, and population forecasting. Such knowledge is essential for work with statistical materials on populations and will be useful for most quantitative social science. As the course is based on the idea of learning by doing, attendance is essential to attain the learning outcomes.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course is provided at full-time basis over 5 weeks. Teaching and learning is conducted through lectures, seminars, lab and home exercises, and a final exam.


    The assessment consists of eight (home/lab) exercises and one exam. Meeting 11 on population projections and the final exam require obligatory attendance.  


    Docent/Lecturer: Sven Drefahl

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Contact

    Student affairs office

    +46-8-161285, room B980

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    Study counsellor

    Tel: +46-8-163190, room B982

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