• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Population Studies, Demography, Public Health, Sustainable Development
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Heather Booth
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in Winter Session 2016
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The processes of birth, death and migration shape the structure of a population in ever-changing ways. This process of population dynamics is both rooted in history and shapes the future. This course first examines population dynamics from a technical perspective, including methods of population projection.  Population dynamics  transform many aspects of social and economic life, and the course also focuses on the process of ageing and societal change.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Prepare and interpret alternative population projections.
  2. Demonstrate how fertility, mortality and migration affect population change.
  3. Evaluate how population dynamics, particularly population ageing, affect society and its development over time.
  4. Review and critique research on population dynamics and population ageing.

Indicative Assessment

Quizzes (regular) (10%) – LO 1-2
Presentation  (20 mins, 10 minutes question time, with recording for assessment monitoring) (20%) - LO 1-2
Assignment - Population projections and report (3000 words) (40%) - LO 1-3
Essay (3000 words)  (30%) – LO 3-4

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2 x 3-hour sessions of workshop-like activities per week for 7 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 12-13 hours per week of independent study (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed DEMO8008, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be provided via the course Wattle site.

Preliminary Reading

Rowland, DT. 2003 Demographic Methods and Concepts. OUP

Samuel Preston, Patrick Heuveline, Michel Guillot. 2000. Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes. Wiley.

Assumed Knowledge

Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.


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
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6782 19 Sep 2016 30 Sep 2016 30 Sep 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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