Analytical Demography courses
The Analytical Demography courses train and retrain professionals in the methods and analytical techniques of demography. The courses focus on internalization of methods and analytical techniques by providing many practicals and assignments (all computer-based), in addition to lectures.
The two ten-week courses are particularly suited to career professionals working in statistical or demographic research institutes, in either census or survey work, or those involved in research and teaching in the field of demography at universities. The courses provide a solid basis for participants to apply up-to-date knowledge and skills in the field of demography once they return to their home institute.
We offer two courses in which participants learn different analytical techniques that can be applied to demographic data. Registration is open to follow both courses, or apply to them seperately.
Working with data in Population Research
This course provides an overview of different demographic data sources, both quantitative and qualitative techniques of data collection, and measures and methods used in the analysis of population-level demographic data.Data sources that we introduce you to include census, register data, and surveys. The covered techniques of data collection include surveys, focus-group discussions, in-depth interviewing, and observation. In addition, we discuss the population pyramid, demographic rates, probabilities, age standardization, decomposition methods, fertility analysis, mortality analysis and migration analysis.
Focus is on practical issues, such as which data to use for which research question, how to actually collect demographic data, how to interpret often used demographic measures, and how to conduct demographic analyses. In addition, a critical attitude will be taken, with a focus on ethical issues and data quality issues.
The course combines formal teaching sessions with practical activities, such as group discussions, classroom practical sessions, and computer labs.
The course will be divided into three parts: the first one dealing with secondary demographic data and quantitative data collection techniques, the second introducing qualitative data collection techniques, and the last one focusing on demographic measures and methods.
Life Tables and Population Projections
In this course, participants are introduced to three main demographic techniques used in the social sciences: the life table, population projections and survival analysis. After this course, participants (a) know the fundamental ideas behind these techniques, (b) are able to apply the techniques, using Excel and SPSS, (c) can interpret the most important outcomes of the techniques, and (d) know how the life table technique can be applied to a whole range of topics within the social sciences.
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