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230232 SE Fertility and Family (2021W)

6.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work
Mo 08.11. 14:00-16:15 Digital


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max. 30 participants
Language: English


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Prüfung: Mittwoch 02.02.2022

Monday 04.10. 14:00 - 16:15 Digital
Monday 11.10. 14:00 - 16:15 Digital
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Monday 25.10. 14:00 - 16:15 Digital
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Monday 29.11. 14:00 - 16:15 Digital
Monday 06.12. 14:00 - 16:15 Digital
Monday 13.12. 14:00 - 16:15 Digital
Monday 10.01. 14:00 - 16:15 Digital
Monday 17.01. 14:00 - 16:15 Digital
Monday 24.01. 14:00 - 16:15 Digital
Wednesday 02.02. 14:00 - 16:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Summary of the courseThis course introduces the concepts related to fertility and family, as well as the main measures and data sources that allow for their comprehensive demographic study. It combines the study of key theories and empirical observations in order to present fertility and family development along with concomitant challenges across the world. By the end of this course, students will have a clear perception of fertility and family differences across countries in regions at various stages of the demographic transition, and of the prevailing drivers of fertility change over time. Through the reading of up-to-date literature and exploration of publicly available aggregate data sources, they will eventually be able to conduct their own investigation of fertility variation across the world.Detailed plan Introduction: fertility themes and conceptso Including method: period and cohort in Lexis diagram Fertility transition in the big world regionso Ready, Willing and Able to reduce fertility?o Socioeconomic driverso Maternal health, reproductive health, contraceptiono Bongaarts' proximate determinants of fertilityo Method: Online databases, introduction of data Period and cohort measures of fertility Bongaarts' decomposition of fertility into proximate determinants Second demographic transition, o Change in family forms and in childbearing behaviouro Drivers o Socioeconomic inequalities o Fertility intentions and behaviouro Method: data/Fertility measures Human Fertility Database and other data sources Timing and tempo of fertility, measures of marriage

Assessment and permitted materials

Participation in activities related to readings: 15% of the course grade
Take-home practical exercises: 15% of the course grade
Mid-term written evaluation: 30% of the course grade
Final written evaluation: 40% of the course grade

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The students should attend at least 80% of the lectures.
Doing the homework before each lecture (readings, exercises) is compulsory. These will be corrected and discussed in the following lecture.
The students should attend at least 80% of the lectures.
Doing the homework before each lecture (readings, exercises) is compulsory. These will be corrected and discussed in the following lecture and are part of the assessment.
The grading scale of the evaluations is the following:
89%-100%: Excellent (1)
76%-88%: Good (2)
63%-75%: Satisfactory (3)
50%-62%: Sufficient (4)
<50%: Unsatisfactory (5)
Minimal requirement for a positive result: overall course grade is 50% or higher.

Examination topics

Examination topics
The mid-term and final written evaluations will assess the capacity to use fertility and family measures and data sources as well as the understanding of the theories and concepts linked to fertility and family. The evaluations will include essay writing. Preparation for the essay of the final exam will take place during the course in the form of individual exploration and mini-presentations by students.

Reading list

ReadingsWe will use existing material such as population datasheets, policy briefs, as well as videos to complement the lectures. The readings will acquaint the students with the ongoing scholarly debate and opinions held by other researchers in the field.Readings will be communicated to the students during the lectures.

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