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Basic Demographic Methods

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.

    Course PM- all you need to know

    Basic Demographic Methods 2020 (184 Kb)


    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

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
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