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Investigating Social and Demographic Change in America: An Introductory Social Demography Course

Publication Abstract

Frey, William H. "Investigating Social and Demographic Change in America: An Introductory Social Demography Course." PSC Research Report No. 92-251. 8 1992.

This project develops an undergraduate course which introduces college students to major social, economic, and political influences that have affected the demographic structure of the national population over the past four decades. The course permits students, working in small teams, to investigate the ways in which changes in race relations, family living arrangements, the status of women, and the nation's industrial structure affect particular birth cohorts, population subgroups, and geographic areas. This investigation employs computerized census tabulations, constructed by William Frey at the University of Michigan, and Chipendale -- a "user-friendly" program tailored for their analysis on the Apple Macintosh or IBM PC computers.

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