Family Dynamics in a Changing Europe, 7.5 credits

About the education

The course is an introduction to contemporary research on fertility and family dynamics in Europe. It provides an overview of recent theory and research on changes and dynamics in family demographic behavior in Europe. The economically developed societies in Europe, the recent transformation of Central and Eastern Europe, and the increasing importance of international migration have added to the variety of demographic dynamics of the continent.

Subject: Demography

Demography is the scientific study of human populations. The main task of demography is to describe and analyse population development in various social contexts and time periods as well as to investigate causes and consequences of changing population structures (i.e. variations in the distribution of people across different ages and the proportions of men and women). Demographic knowledge is essential for social planning and for understanding how a society functions. Both the developed and the developing world, and historical as well as recent times are of interest for demography.

Fertility, mortality and migration, the three fundamental processes that produce and change populations, can be studied from different disciplinary perspectives (e.g. economics, geography, sociology, history, statistics, political science). The interdisciplinary character of demography is built into the master´s programme in demography, a collaboration among the departments of (in alphabetical order) economics, economic history, human geography, sociology and statistics. Our master´s programme and courses at the advanced level prepare students for continuing study toward the doctoral degree as well as for applied research careers in government agencies, municipalities, other organizations, insurance companies and other businesses.

Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law

Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.

This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.

Department responsible for education

Department of Sociology