ASOB16209U Social Demography and Sociology of the Family
Full-degree students enrolled at the Faculty of Social Science, UCPH
- Master Programme in Social Data Science
- Bachelor in Psychology
- Bachelor and Master Programmes in Anthropology
- Master programme in Global Development
The course is also offered to
- Merit students
- Exchange students
This course introduces the concept of ‘the family’ through both a demographic lens and a sociological perspective. This allows for a macro - micro approach in understanding what structures shape family configurations, processes leading to family formation and dissolution, family practices and transitions during different parts of the life course. Looking first historically at changes in family structures and policies, the course can then zoom in onto key debates with the study of families today. Drawing on concepts, theory and research designs used in social demography and sociology to study the phenomenon of ‘the family’, students will be able to engage in a multi-disciplinary analysis of the various topics introduced through the course.
- identify key theories and concepts in both social demography and sociology for studying the family
- be able to interpret key demographic data
- position more qualitative, micro-level analysis of families within a broader context
- identify demographic dynamics underlying social phenomena as they pertain to family practices and policies targeting families, through searching for, and make use of, demographic and other available empirical data to describe families
- apply different demographic and sociological theories/concepts to explain various key issues in the study of families today
- performing basic demographic analysis
- able to draw on a range of data and theories to describe various key issues in the study of families today
- critically evaluate how the above data and theories are ‘fit for purpose’ for explaining various phenomenon around families found across different parts of the world
- able to identify how broader changes in societies but also policies affect the concept of ‘the family’ and practices within them.
There is no required textbook for this course. Readings will be taken from journal articles, books chapters and other reliable sources - assigned on a weekly basis, with links made available on Absalon.
- Class Instruction
Continuous feedback will be elicited during the course of the semester. Depending on participant numbers we will make use of specific student presentations and peer feedback on these.
When registered, you will be signed up for exam.
- Full-degree students – sign up at Selfservice on KUnet
- Exchange and guest students from abroad – sign up through Mobility Online and Selfservice- read more on this website.
- Credit students from Danish universities - sign up through this website.
- Open University students - sign up through this website.
The dates for the exams are found here Exams – Faculty of Social Sciences - University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)
Please note that it is your own responsibility to check for overlapping exam dates.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral defence
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
See learning outcome
- Course code
- 7,5 ECTS
- 1 semester
- Department of Sociology, Study Council
- Department of Sociology
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Psychology
- Social Data Science
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Mengni Chen (4-6f67656a42757165306d7730666d)