About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF HUMAN FERTILITY (380.655.01), a course offered by the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Analyzes the correlates of fertility levels in societies and childbearing among individuals and couples. Examines classical theories of fertility change at the societal level and contemporary critiques of these theories. Also examines the determinants of fertility at the individual level, with an emphasis on differences in the timing first birth and total family size by social class and ethnicity in developed and developing countries.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain how the ideas advanced by Davis/Blake and Bongaarts can serve as a unifying conceptual framework for the study of human fertility
  • Distinguish among the “classic” theories of fertility decline
  • Delineate the major avenues by which these “classic” theories have been criticized
  • Identify key concepts from the literature on reproductive decision making
  • Describe how, within particular social and cultural contexts, distal factors such as gender inequality, ethnicity, religion, the family and social class affect fertility through the proximal determinants

Course Time

Tue Thu   8:30 AM to 9:50 AM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

Graduate Students

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on quizzes and exercises.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Nan Astone
E-mail: nastone@jhsph.edu