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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM026: Using Longitudinal Data in Family Policy Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content and order of syllabus coverage may vary, it is envisaged that it will include the following topics:



  • Introduction to longitudinal data analysis and its applications in family policy studies.
  • Testing assumptions in panel data analysis.
  • Dealing with attrition and missing data.
  • Fixed and random-effects models.
  • Event history (Survival) models: What they are and when to use them.
  • Survivor and hazard functions

                      I.        Kaplan-Meier estimators

                    II.        Life tables

  • Continuous time models
  • Discrete time models
  • Using time-varying predictors
  • Complex models: repeated events and competing risks models.
  • Testing for unobserved heterogeneity (frailty models).

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities2211x 2 hours of lectures, seminars and practical labs - lectures cover the main concepts and data analysis skills of the course.
Guided independent study38Reading and preparing for seminars (around 4-6 hours per week);
Guided independent study90researching and writing assessments and assignments (researching, planning and writing the course work).

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).