• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Population Studies, Demography, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Zhongwei Zhao
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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Population Issues in Asia and their Implications for World Development (DEMO8090)

Asia has the world's largest population where great demographic variations can be found. Asian population changes have had, and will continue to have, significant implications for world development. This course will explore main population issues and demographic trends in Asia, examine their major characteristics, variations and significant implications, explain major causes and determinants of Asian past and future demographic changes, and discuss related population theories and policy issues.

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. Apply knowledge of major demographic patterns and trends in Asia;
  2. Demonstrate critical understanding of how relevant data is compiled, processed and analysed;
  3. Explain the competing theories (demographic, economic, political, social and cultural) of the causes and consequences of population change in Asia; and
  4. Identify and evaluate the relevance of population change for on-going debates about the “the rise of Asia” and its implications for international relations, environmental sustainability, and security. 

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) (20%) - LO 1-4

Essay 1: 3000 words (40%) - LO 1-4

Essay 2: 3000 words (40%) - LO 1-4

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 42 hours of contact over 12 weeks: lectures and tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

Routledge Handbook of Asian Demography (Zhao and Hayes 2015); Population (Weeks 2012)


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
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9506 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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