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Population Processes

Course at advanced level, aims to familiarize students with the three main population processes - fertility, mortality and migration - by focusing on population developments in Sweden and Europe from the end of the 1800s onwards, with some attention to the major population trends and issues in poorer countries

From autumn semester 2023 this course will be given at halftime in period C and D, 30/10 2023 -14/1 2024 .

The course is structured in three parts. Family dynamics focuses especially on the links between female employment, family policies and childbearing. The section on migration considers the causes and consequences for individuals and society of international and internal migration. The final section considers both biological and social aspects of morbidity and mortality.

  • Course structure

    Upon the completion of the course the student is expected to be able to: 

    -Analyze population development, historical as well as contemporary patterns, with respect to fertility, mortality and migration in various contexts based on relevant theories as well as empirical data. Discuss probable development in the next few decades based on today’s demographic trends

    -Describe and discuss changes in the family patterns in the developed world since the 1960s. Explain the connection between these changes, female employment, and various welfare state (family policy) models

    -Contrast trends related to different causes of death, describe and explain gender differences and differences across socio-economic groups in mortality as well as the changes over time

    -Compare and evaluate different migration theories; identify, describe and analyze the driving forces of migration in Sweden, in Europe and in a global context

    Teaching format

    The course is provided at full-time basis over 5 weeks. Teaching is conducted through lectures in form of interactive presentation with the students’ active participation. Participants meet three-four times a week during 3.5 weeks. About one week is devoted to the independent take-home exam.


    Population processes 2022 (1302 Kb)


    The form of assessment is a written take-home exam of three essay questions. Students are also expected to participate actively in the class-room discussions during the course


    Docent/Senior lecturer Livia Olah

  • 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.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
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