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230059 KU Population Sociology (2012W)

5.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie

Details

Language: German

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 10.10. 16:45 - 19:00 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Wednesday 17.10. 16:45 - 19:00 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Wednesday 24.10. 16:45 - 19:00 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Wednesday 31.10. 16:45 - 19:00 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Wednesday 07.11. 16:45 - 19:00 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Wednesday 14.11. 16:45 - 19:00 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Wednesday 21.11. 16:45 - 19:00 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Wednesday 28.11. 16:45 - 19:00 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Wednesday 05.12. 16:45 - 19:00 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Wednesday 09.01. 16:45 - 19:00 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Wednesday 16.01. 16:45 - 19:00 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8
Wednesday 23.01. 16:45 - 19:00 Hörsaal 41 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 8

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Demography or the science of population analyses demographic structures (size and structure of human populations according to age, sex, marital status and some other social characteristics) and the processes responsible for changes in these structures (fertility, mortality, migration, nuptiality). Population statistics serve as the main empirical source for demographic analysis. Based on the calculation of specific demographic indicators like the total fertility rate or life expectancy demography analyses the reasons for and the consequences of certain demographic developments. Demography has two distinct roots: one focusing on mathematics and modelling (formal demography) and one focusing on social problems (social demography). Population sociology could be seen as part of social demography.

The lecture presents basic demographic concepts. These concepts are illustrated with empirical examples using the Austrian population. Risks and opportunities of low fertility, high life expectancy, increasing international migration and demographic ageing for the society are discussed.

Assessment and permitted materials

Final written test

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Presentation of basic demographic concepts, terms and definitions. Presentation of past and future demographic developments in Austria compared to European and global trends. Critical discussion of the importance of demographic factors for the analyses of general social trends. Sound knowledge of the availability and interpretation of general population statistics and important demographic indicators.

Examination topics

PowerPoint presentation, exercises using MS Excel, shared reading of short basic texts.

Reading list

Höpflinger, Francois: Bevölkerungssoziologie. Eine Einführung in bevölkerungssoziologische Ansätze und demographische Prozesse. Juventa Verlag. Weinheim und München 1997.

Haller, Max: Die österreichische Gesellschaft. Sozialstruktur und sozialer Wandel, Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag 2008 (insb. Kapitel 3: Die demographische Entwicklung).

Haupt, Arthur and Thomas T. Kane: POPULATION HANDBOOK. Population Reference Bureau (Fifth edition), Washington, DC, 2004.

Association in the course directory

in 505: BA SM Wahlmodul |
in EC Empirische Soziologie: Bevölkerungssoziologie

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