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Social and Economic Aspects of Human Fertility


East Baltimore
2nd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Linnea Zimmerman

The study of fertility is an integral part of population studies (along with mortality and migration) and gives essential background for those studying women’s, infant and perinatal health.

Covers social and economic theories of fertility, explores fertility transitions across geographic contexts, examines major distal and intermediate determinants of fertility, and considers policies affecting fertility around the world. Includes discussions by students and faculty that will be based on readings.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define and interpret standard measures of human fertility
  2. Describe trends and variations in fertility over time and across countries
  3. Identify social and economic factors associated with fertility differences within and across populations
  4. Discuss the demographic, social, and economic consequences of fertility levels and fertility change
  5. Apply sociological, economic, and demographic frameworks to the study of fertility and evaluate how applications differ in high- and low- fertility settings
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Written Assignment(s)
  • 25% Presentation(s)
  • 5% Outline for presentation
  • 20% Participation

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent needed for undergraduate students

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