Mondays, 4 and 5 period, 1:10 to 4:10 pm
Room 101, Scott Hall
Marc D. Weiner, J.D., Ph.D.
Room 273, CSB
contact by email only
by appointment only
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.”
WRITING ABOUT THE
“[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.”
WRITING IN YOUR TEXTBOOK
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.”
description is the same, except that “[s]pecial topics include AIDS, world population growth, [and] teen
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.
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.