Syllabus_PopulationTools%26Policy-417 - POPULATION TOOLS...

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P OPULATION T OOLS AND P OLICY THREE CREDITS CROSS - LISTED AS 10:762:417 (P LANNING P UBLIC P OLICY ) AND 10:832:417 (P UBLIC H EALTH ) S EMESTER : Spring 2008 D ATE / T IME : Mondays, 4 and 5 period, 1:10 to 4:10 pm th th Location: Room 101, Scott Hall P ROFESSOR : Marc D. Weiner, J.D., Ph.D. [email protected] Room 273, CSB contact by email only O FFICE H OURS : by appointment only C OURSE W EBSITE : at tab 10:762:417:01 Sp08 “The interest and significance of the census for the community is this, that it furnishes it with a mirror into which, willy nilly, the whole community, and each one of us, gaze.” L EO T OLSTOY , WRITING ABOUT THE 1882 M OSCOW CENSUS “[E]verything happening around you is influenced by demographic events… not just… the big things like regional conflict, globalization, global warming, and massive migration movements, but even… little things that affect you directly, like the kinds of stores that operate in your neighborhood, the goods that are stocked on your local supermarket shelf, the availability of a hospital emergency room, and the jobs available to college graduates in your community.” J OHN R. W EEKS , WRITING IN YOUR TEXTBOOK , PG . 26 COURSE OVERVIEW According to the Bloustein School’s 2007-09 undergraduate catalogue for Planning and Public Policy courses, this course presents “[b]asic demographic concepts, methods, and their application; population growth, mortality, fertility, migration, and marriage patterns.” For Public Health courses, the description is the same, except that “[s]pecial topics include AIDS, world population growth, [and] teen pregnancy.” More usefully, this is an introductory course in demography. In it, we will examine how social scientists measure population growth, mortality, fertility, marriage, age structure and migration, and how the data they collect and analyze inform public policy conversations. Our goal is to develop a basic set of intellectual skills for understanding population dynamics and for thinking systematically about the consequences of population problems in the world at large, and in the United States. If you make the effort, when we are done with our time together you should be a more critical consumer of claims about population issues, a more informed voter on population-related issues (such as immigration), and a more competent social scientist, well-poised to integrate demographic concepts into your on-going analyses of political, economic, social, and cultural issues.
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course POP 4xx taught by Professor Wiener during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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