• Offered by Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Statistics, Demography
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course is the second course in demographic methods offered in the Master of Social Research. The objective is to familiarize students with measures and models used by demographers for studying the behavior of human populations.

This course covers some basic measures described in DEMO8008 (Principles of Population Analysis), but with more emphasis on the methodological foundation of these measures (including some proofs) and with greater use of continuous notation. It also covers more advanced demographic methods (e.g., multistate analysis). An important feature of this course is its emphasis on population dynamics. That is, how fertility, mortality, migration, and more generally, transition between statuses combine to produce changes in population size and composition.

The course consists of a series of lectures that fall into two parts: one focusing on the methodological foundation of key demographic techniques, and the other on their applications.

The applications include the modeling and projection of age structure, regional migration, living arrangement/partnering, labor force participation, and disease/health status.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand the logical basis of the measures and models used in demography, and their interrelations.

  • Gain experience in the use of demographic tools.

Indicative Assessment

Grading will be based on problem sets (15%), a mid-term exam (35%), and a final exam (50%). There is no essay.

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Workload

Two 1.5-hour classes per week. Students are expected to attend the classes. There will be altogether six to seven homework assignments (problem sets), each taking about 2-4 hours to complete. Most homework requires the use of Excel.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Graduate Certificate in Social Research or Master of Social Research. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

You will need to contact the Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

  • Required: Preston, Samuel H., Patrick Heuveline and Michel Guillot. 2001. Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes. London: Blackwell Publishers, 291 p.

  • The lectures on applications will use guest lecturers' own empirical research.

Assumed Knowledge

The course uses some calculus (simple derivatives and integrals) but is accessible to people with no knowledge of calculus.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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