• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Australian Studies, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Population processes have contributed to many changes in Australian society in recent years, including smaller families and households, increasing ethnic diversity, labour force and population ageing, urban growth and declining rural communities. The course examines the demography of the indigenous population; recent trends in Australia's fertility and mortality rates, family formation patterns, internal and international migration; and their implications for the size, structure and distribution of Australia's future population and for policy. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

 Students completing the course should be able to:
  1. Describe recent trends in Australia's fertility and mortality rates, internal and international migration and how they affect Australia's population size, growth, composition and distribution;
  2. Explain how population processes have contributed to the many changes in Australian society in recent years such as smaller families, increasing ethnic diversity and population ageing;
  3. Interpret statistical and demographic data and information relating to Australia's population;
  4. Discuss the policy implications of the observed population trends in Australia.

Indicative Assessment

2,000 word essay (35%), oral tutorial presentation (10%), final examination (50%) and tutorial participation (5%).

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24 hours of lectures and 10 one-hour tutorials.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level ANU courses; or permission of the convenor

Preliminary Reading

Khoo, S and McDonald, P, (Eds), The Transformation of Australia's Population 1970-2030, UNSW Press, 2003.




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

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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