• Total units 24 Units
  • Specialisation code DEMO-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate

The Demography specialisation provides students with the tools and knowledge to understand and study population change. We focus on issues concerning both developed and developing nations and how population change interacts with, for example, changes in the family, health, ageing, environment and employment. We also provide the theories and methods to study the underlying drivers of population change, fertility, mortality and migration, as well as the importance of population composition by age, sex, geography and ethnicity. Demography is essential for planning and understanding societal differences and development.

Career Opportunities

The Demography specialisation will advance your career by providing the theory and methods for conducting demographic analysis in both government and industry. It also provides a solid foundation for undertaking PhD research.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Apply major demographic concepts and population theories to explain past and present population changes
  2. Understand, use and interpret basic concepts of demographic measurement and modelling in the context of studying changes in population size and composition
  3. Locate and analyse demographic data and present findings in a coherent and convincing fashion in academic discussion regarding societal change
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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
DEMO8008 Principles of Population Analysis 6
DEMO8024 Population and Society: Theory and Empirical Perspectives 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
DEMO8011 Demographic Analysis II 6
DEMO8047 International Migration 6
DEMO8048 Gender and Population 6
DEMO8063 Spatial Population Data Analysis 6
DEMO8079 Health Demography 6
DEMO8088 Population, Climate Change and Sustainable Development 6
SOCR8002 Survey Data Analysis 6
SOCR8003 Qualitative Research Analysis 6
SOCR8004 Special Topic in Social Research 6
SOCR8005 Social Science of the Internet 6
SOCR8006 Online Research Methods 6
SOCR8007 Survey Data Analysis II 6
SOCR8008 Qualitative Social Research 6
SOCR8009 Quantitative Social Research 6
SOCY8014 Social Networks: Concepts, Analyses and Methods 6
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