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SOCY 352.01: Population & Society: GUIDE HOME

Population & Society: Express II Spring 2017

This guide will act as a gateway to research tools and sources for this course.  It includes direct links and call numbers to library materials and database as well as statistic, data and selected web resources.

You can navigate to each page in this guide from the red tabs at the top of every page.

Adjunct Professor: Dr. Joe D. Francis
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Office hours: TBD
Office location:

Meeting Time / Place
4:00 - 6:45 pm  Tuesday / Thursday
109 Education Center


This course is about basic demographic processes (mostly births, deaths and population movements) and how they contribute to shape the growth and changes in total population. Beyond studying aggregate changes in population, the course examines why these changes occur and their consequences on individuals and societies.  Not only will we will explore the key concepts and measures used to study population dynamics, we will also examine population structure at a given period.  Specifically, the course will examine the Age/Sex Composition and race/ethnicity organization of the population.  Lastly the course will discuss population distribution—Rural-Urban settlements, regional aggregations and other spatial arrangements.

While teaching the basics needed for students in sociology, the course also examines how concepts and tools of demographic analysis can be applied to a wide range of social, economic, business and health problems. We will examine interrelationships between population change and changes in society, the economy and environment in the US and throughout the world.

Throughout the course we will introduce the variety of data sources, data, methods, and indicators that demographers use to assess movements and properties of populations.  We will learn how to construct rates (e.g. crude birth rate, crude death rate) and ratios (e.g. sex ratio, dependency ratio) and proportions and percentages (proportion Hispanic, percentage married with children).   Sometime will be devoted to the concept of cohort and how it is used in age/sex analysis and life tables.