Graduate level, 7.5 hp (ECTS)
The course gives an introduction to historical demographic sources and methods as well as the fundamental demographic developments in a historical perspective. An important part of the course also deals with historical demographic data and methods with the aim to conduct empirical analysis in historical demography. This part involves both data management and statistical analysis and aims to give students the tools to conduct an independent analysis of core historical-demographic issues. The course focuses on the preindustrial population system, the demographic transition in the Western countries and economic-demographic interactions at the micro level. An important aspect of this development concerns mortality patterns in the past, related both to the overall mortality development and to differentials in mortality across groups and across space. Another core theme deals with fertility in preindustrial society and why fertility declined all over the Western world from the late 19th century. Depending on the interest of individual students, different additional topics will be covered, for example relating to marriage patterns, household dynamics, and socioeconomic stratification and mobility.