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Sociology of Fertility

Sociology 595

3 credit hours, offered biennially

This course emphasizes theories and evidence concerned with fertility in historical and contemporary human populations. Major theoretical and methodological controversies current in the field of fertility studies covered include the extent to which family limitation was historically an innovative behavior or an adaptation of older behaviors; the extent to which the decline of fertility was and is a response to ideational factors as opposed to changed material conditions; the nature of cultural determinants of fertility; and the relative utility for understanding the determinants of fertility change of demographic surveys, intensive field studies having both qualitative and quantitative components, focus group interviews, and other methodologies.
[The Sociology 595 number is listed for several courses, because it is used for a set of population courses that rotate in the schedule with different section numbers.]

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