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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 separately.

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.

We discuss the production, use and access of quantitative data sources, including census, vital and population registers, and surveys. We exploit these data sources in aggregate form, through the computation of population pyramids, demographic rates, probabilities, age standardization, and decomposition methods, in order to analyse fertility, mortality and migration dynamics. We apply techniques of qualitative data collection such as focus-group discussions, in-depth interviewing, and observation, and practise with coding of qualitative data.

Focus is on practical issues, such as which data to use for which research question, how to 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 ethics, data quality, and reproducibility issues.

The course combines formal teaching sessions with practical activities, such as group discussions, classroom practical sessions, and computer labs.

The course is divided into two parts: the first one introduces qualitative data collection and analysis techniques, and the second one deals with secondary quantitative data collection techniques, as well as demographic measures and methods.

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Life Tables and Population Projections

In this course, participants are introduced to three main demographic techniques used in social sciences: life tables, 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 Stata, (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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