Family Demography

Course content

The course examines sociological and demographic analyses of family dynamics and the ongoing changes in family structure. It gives emphasis to the impact of the changing role of women on family formation, fertility, partnership behavior and parenting.

Each session will include a combination of lecture by theprofessor and student presentations (on a rotating basis).  

Education

BA/MA Elective course

Course package (MSc 2015): Welfare, inequality and mobility
 

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is to give students a comprehensive overview and knowledge of the key aspects of family structure and change. The course aims to give participants strong competencies in both theoretical and empirical analysis, emphasizing in particular the most recent analytical issues and approaches in the field of family research.

Students will be required to write a final paper for the course which should address one of the core themes of the course with an empirical analysis of data.

 

Knowledge

The course is designed so as to cover all key dimensions (marriage, divorce, fertility, child rearing) within family demography. Students will acquire

-  acquire a broad knowledge of the main issues, controversies (both theoretical and empirical) and recent developments within this research field

- become familiar with issues of definition, measurement and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data.

 

Skills

Participants will acquire the skills necessary

- to evaluate family demographic research critically

- to design and execute related research themselves.

- to become familiar with more advanced analytical techniques used in family research (such as event history analysis).

 

Competences

Participants will acquire the ability to

- fully understand and critically assess research on family change and family dynamics in advanced societies

- to design a feasible research project themselves.

See attached syllabus

It is assumed that the students will already have a solid training in sociological theory and empirical research, including good quantitative skills (i.e. intermediary level statistical training).It would additionally be helpful to have had some training in micro-economics, although this is not being assumed.

INDICATIVE WORKLOAD
The number of lecture hours are the same for both 7,5 and 10 ECTS courses.

10 ECTS:
Lectures: 28
Course preparation: 130
Exercises: 50
Exam Preparation: 67
Total: 275

ECTS
See exam description
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Individual/group. A written take-home essay is defined as an assignment that addresses one or more questions. The exam is based on the course syllabus, i.e. the literature set by the teacher. The written take-home essay must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome

ECTS
See exam description
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Individual/group. A written take-home essay is defined as an assignment that addresses one or more questions. The exam is based on the course syllabus, i.e. the literature set by the teacher. The written take-home essay must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Course Preparation
  • 97
  • Exercises
  • 70
  • Exam
  • 11
  • English
  • 206