Cancelled Social Demography and Sociology of the Family

Course content

This course introduces the concept of ‘the family’ through both a demographic lens and a sociological perspective. This allows for a macro - micro approach in understanding what structures shape family configurations, processes leading to family formation and dissolution, family practices and transitions during different parts of the life course. Looking first historically at changes in family structures and policies, the course can then zoom in onto key debates with the study of families today.  Drawing on concepts, theory and research designs used in social demography and sociology to study the phenomenon of ‘the family’, students will be able to engage in a multi-disciplinary analysis of the various topics introduced through the course.


Full-degree students enrolled at the Faculty of Social Science, UCPH 

  • Master Programme in Social Data Science
  • Bachelor in Psychology
  • Bachelor and Master Programmes in Anthropology 
  • Master programme in Global Development


The course is also offered to

  • Merit students
  • Exchange students
Learning outcome


  • identify key theories and concepts in both social demography and sociology for studying the family
  • be able to interpret key demographic data
  • position more qualitative, micro-level analysis of families within a broader context



  • identify demographic dynamics underlying social phenomena as they pertain to family practices and policies targeting families, through searching for, and make use of, demographic and other available empirical data to describe families
  • apply different demographic and sociological theories/concepts to explain various key issues in the study of families today
  • performing basic demographic analysis



  • able to draw on a range of data and theories to describe various key issues in the study of families today
  • critically evaluate how the above data and theories are ‘fit for purpose’ for explaining various phenomenon around families found across different parts of the world
  • able to identify how broader changes in societies but also policies affect the concept of ‘the family’ and practices within them.

This course will be comprised of lectures, in-class group discussions and exercises.

There is no required textbook for this course. Readings will be taken from journal articles, books chapters and other reliable sources - assigned on a weekly basis, with links made available on Absalon.

Basic social scientific training, including ability to read and understand quantitative research papers.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

Continuous feedback will be elicited during the course of the semester. Depending on participant numbers we will make use of specific student presentations and peer feedback on these.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral defence
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

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  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
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  • English
  • 42


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level

1 semester

Department of Sociology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Psychology
  • Social Data Science
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Mengni Chen   (4-736b696e4679756934717b346a71)
Saved on the 12-12-2023

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