Department of Sociology


Course Code: 2320363
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 4(4-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. HELGA İDA RİTTERSBERGER
Offered Semester: Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

This course will provide a general overview on the history of demography as a science and demographic theories. It will help to develop the necessary skills to do calculations of/ and on demographic data. It enables students to settle demographic data into its social context: how?; when?; why?; for whom?demographic data was/is collected and how to interpret it will be questions more easier answered with the help of this course.

Course Content

The study of the measurement of the size, composition and changes in the numbers of people and the related functions of fertility, mortality and migration. Firstly, the basic sources and measures of demography (i.e.: rates and ratios of fertility, mortality, migration; population estimation/projections, life table etc.) are introduced. A special focus is given to the theories and policies of population control (i.e. fertility control – family planning and migration policies) and the role of social sciences in demographic analyses.

Learning Outcomes

The major learning outcome of this class will be an elementary ability to compute basic demographic rates/ratios. The learners are expected to be able to analyze basic demographic data quantitatively as well as qualitatively related to fertility, mortality and migration. Furthermore, the learner is expected to be able to develop a simple demographic survey, to compute and analyze demographic data and to interpret the data from a sociological/anthropological perspective.