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Term: 1st term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Nan Astone
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Analyzes the correlates of fertility levels in societies and childbearing among individuals and couples. Examines classical theories of fertility change at the societal level and contemporary critiques of these theories. Also examines the determinants of fertility at the individual level, with an emphasis on differences in the timing first birth and total family size by social class and ethnicity in developed and developing countries.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Explain how the ideas advanced by Davis/Blake and Bongaarts can serve as a unifying conceptual framework for the study of human fertility
Distinguish among the “classic” theories of fertility decline
Delineate the major avenues by which these “classic” theories have been criticized
Identify key concepts from the literature on reproductive decision making
Describe how, within particular social and cultural contexts, distal factors such as gender inequality, ethnicity, religion, the family and social class affect fertility through the proximal determinants

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on quizzes and exercises.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 9:50
  • Thursday 8:30 - 9:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail