00211 - Demography

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Lucia Pasquini

  • Credits 8

  • SSD SECS-S/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Course Timetable from Sep 19, 2019 to Dec 11, 2019

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows basic instruments to analyse structural and dynamic aspects of populations. Particularly, the student is able: - to measure population size, variation and distribution in time and space - to measure and analyse population structural characteristics - to measure and analyse demographic dynamics components

Course contents

Demographic survies. Sources of demographic data. Population amount, variation and distribution in the long run and in the space. Natural and migratory components of demographic change. Structural characteristics of population. Analysis instruments of demographic phenomena. The Lexis diagram. Cohort and contemporary analysis. Crude rates, age-specific rates and their relationships. Age-standardization methods.

Mortality by biodemographic and sociodemographic characteristics. Period life tables. Life tables conceived as a stationary population. Mortality by cause.

Crude and age-specific nuptiality rates. Nuptiality tables.

Natality and fertility. Reproduction measures.

Migration in population analysis


M. Livi Bacci, Introduzione alla demografia, Loescher, Torino, 1999.

Teaching methods

Lectures and empirical applications

Assessment methods

 Examination aims to assess the achievement of the teaching objectives:
- to measure the consistency, the variation and the population distribution over time and space
- to measure and analyze the structural characteristics of the population
- to measure and analyze the components of population dynamics
The examination consists of a written test and an oral test. The written test consists of eight theoretical questions (2/30 every question) and of an exercise to resolve (14/30). The oral test is conditional on the achievement of at least 18/30 in the written test. The final vote is an average of the marks obtained in the two tests.

Teaching tools

Overhead projector, PC.

Teaching materials on http://campus.unibo.it

Office hours

See the website of Lucia Pasquini