• Offered by Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies, Population Studies, Demography, Public Health
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Zhongwei Zhao
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This course provides an introduction to the field of population studies and its major theoretical considerations. An emphasis is placed on population theories and current population issues in both developed and less developed countries. The course is intended primarily for students taking the Graduate Certificate of Arts (Social Research) or Master of Social Research, but is open to students in other graduate programs of the University.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand demographic changes in the world and their major determinants;
  2. Use major demographic concepts and population theories to explain past and present population changes; and
  3. Select and analyze demographic data and other materials on relevant demographic topics and present them in a coherent and convincing fashion to specialist audiences.

Indicative Assessment

Participation and performance in tutorials (Students are required to be actively involved in reading and discussing the course materials and presenting their study results). (10%) - LO 1-3

Essay 1: (2000-2500 words) Examining recent demographic changes in a selected population. (45%) - LO 1-3

Essay 2: (2000-2500 words) Conducting a study of a specific population issue. (45%) - LO 1-3

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2 x 1 hour lectures, 1 x 1 hour tutorial, per week

Prescribed Texts

Selected articles on related topics from major demographic journals

Preliminary Reading

3-4 readings will be selected for each lecture topic



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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1527 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person

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