Demographic and Social Analysis M.A. Learning Outcomes

PLO 1. Core Knowledge

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of major theories, issues, and research findings in the fields of population studies and social demography.
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge of demographic analysis sufficient to carry out basic demographic research.

PLO 2. Research Methods and Analysis

  • Understand the array of tools available for demographic research. Such tools include demographic modeling and empirical analysis (statistics).
  • Understand and critically evaluate research in their area of demographic or social analysis.
  • Plan and conduct an independent research project guided by previous research, theory, and applied work.

PLO 3. Scholarly Communication

  • Structure a coherent academic argument that rigorously presents and evaluates evidence to support their claims.
  • Review and cogently synthesize relevant literature.
  • Write at a level and style of English consistent with that found in leading academic journals.
  • Understand and properly use styles of citing, referencing, and formatting found in academic research outlets.
  • Effectively present research in both oral and written presentations.

    PLO 4. Professionalism

    • Prepare manuscripts or research reports that meet standards of their profession.
    • Collegially evaluate others’ research and respond appropriately to suggestions and critiques of their own research.
    • Participate in professional meetings.
    • Develop professional networks.
    • Undertake research ethically and adhere to tenets of academic honesty.

    PLO 5. Independent Research

    • Develop their own research projects that meet high standards of theoretical and methodological rigor.
    • Design independent research in accordance with the standards in the field under the advisement of program faculty.
    • Produce scholarship that is suitable for presentation and publication in relevant professional outlets.

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