Welfare states and demographic change

This course addresses the causes and consequences of demographic change. Students will get familiar with basic demographic measures, such as the fertility rate, the mortality rate and measures that can be derived from divorce or migration statistics. They will be introduced to demographic theories and concepts, including the meaning of life course, cohort, period and generation. We address core themes of demographic change, such as fertility, divorce and child-wellbeing, intergenerational relationships, elderly care, aging, mortality, mass migration and population decline. Some of the policy relevant questions we are going to discuss in this course are, for example: Do governments need to take action to increase the birth rate? Should pension age be increased in response to population aging? Should we allow assisted dying? Must voting age be lowered because of population aging? Is population decline a challenge to national governments?

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.