DSS 305: Research Methods in Demography

The use of statistical procedures in demographic research. Emphasis is placed on (1) the types of demographic research hypotheses that could be tested by some of the procedures; (i) the suitability of some of the procedures in studying differentials in response or the oral patterns; (ii) the usefulness of some of the statistical procedures in studying relationships among population parameters and (iv) the suitability of some procedures in estimating values of demographic variables. Types of Research: A survey of literature, a survey of educational sociological and anthropological studies etc. complete census, pilot studies and sample surveys. Preliminaries to Research: Choosing a field research, background reading, formulating a title. The Planning of Surveys: Defining the topic, choosing the method, choosing the subjects (coverage), sampling design and statistical techniques; making a pilot study.