This is an introductory course to demographic data which will explore source of data, collection of data , and subsequent evaluation. It will utilize publically available data to examine population characteristics and common health status measures (crude birth rate, infant mortality rates, fertility rate, mortality rate etc.)
As missional leaders working in mission efforts, students need to know how to assess or collect demographic data and use this information to understand how static and dynamic population characteristics influence behaviors (health, and social) and outcomes.
Missional leaders need to have an understanding of their population that is being served in order to provide essential spiritual needs
Missional demographers need to utilize this knowledge to assess population on the mission field and provide spiritual assistance as needed.
Students will be encouraged to collect simple demographic data of the people being served in an effort to provide recommendations that would benefit them physically and spiritually.
A basic knowledge of population characteristics and demography is essential in any organization
An understanding of demographic data will help Christian missional leaders serve diverse cultures and races better.
Students will be able to identify basic data sources, calculate simple health measures, and will be introduced to data collection process.
The course will introduce student to the diversity of the human population and they will be encouraged to complete a simple survey to characterize the demography of their community