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Course unit
SCP4063750, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SC2095, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination POPULATION AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHANGE
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Statistical Sciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FAUSTA ONGARO SECS-S/04
Other lecturers STEFANO MAZZUCO SECS-S/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SECS-S/04 Demographics 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 2.0 14 36.0 No turn
Lecture 7.0 50 125.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 Commissione a.a.2019/20 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 ONGARO FAUSTA (Presidente)
MAZZUCO STEFANO (Membro Effettivo)
MEGGIOLARO SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Statistics I
Target skills and knowledge: After completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. perform basic demographic analyses using various techniques, correclty interpret interpret the information gathered by the different demographic methods, and ensure their comparability across populations;
2. identify appropriate sources of data;
3. know and interpret the main current demographic phenomena with specific reference to developed countries and Italy;
4. produce simple population projections.
Examination methods: Exam sessions: written. Students are expected to answer some theorical questions and to do some exercises that prove their competence in the use of methods of demographic analysis. The final grade could be integrated with that of 2 or 3 short reports about some specific themes prepared by students during the course.
Assessment criteria: For attending students, course evaluation is based on:
70-80% final exam
30-20% students' written reports
Course unit contents: 1. Total population change: growth rates and doubling times; balancing equation; birth, mortality and migration rates.
2. The demografic transition in the developed and in the developing countries. The Italian DT.
3. Sources of demographic data.
4. Population composition by several characteristics (sex, age, marital status, etc.): measures, graphic representations; population aging; household and family structures.
5. Introduction to the dynamic of population: crude and specific rates; standardizations.
6. Lexis scheme, demographic flows, vital events. Probability and rate. Cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis.
7. Mortality: life tables, stationary population associated to the life table; infant mortality.
8. Fertility: intensity and timing measures; cohort and period measures; parity specific fertility.
9. Changes of the characteristics of Italian population during the last 50 years: a synthesis. Some contemporary problems.
10. Net and gross reproduction rates
11. Couple's formation and dissolution. The Second Demographic Transition in Europe and Italy within the European context.
12. Internal and international migration: measures and trends.
13. Population projections: methods and assumptions.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - Lectures and in-classes exercises
- Exercises in computer room
Additional notes about suggested reading: The main textbook is Livi Bacci: "Introduzione alla demografia" (Loesher, 2004). The content of the book is integrated with slides prepared by the teacher(s), short articles, and a reading list about some specific topics.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • LIVI BACCI M., Introduzione alla demografia, 3a ed.,. Torino: Loescher, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • DE ROSE A., STROZZA S., Rapporto sulla popolazione. L'Italia nella crisi economica. Bologna: il Mulino, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Blangiardo G., Elementi di demografia. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Working in group
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used