• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Social Research
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Adrian Hayes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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The growth in scientific understanding of the climate system and its sensitivity to greenhouse gas emissions is a remarkable accomplishment by physical scientists during the last thirty years. More recently, social scientists have turned their attention to understanding systematically and in depth the main human causes and consequences of anthropogenic change and how societies can respond. This course is devoted to examining the issues from a population perspective: that is, how changes in human populations—their size, structure (social, demographic, economic and political) and behaviour—interact with climate and the natural environment. The course focuses on selected topics all of which contribute to our broader understanding of the relationships between population dynamics, climate change and sustainable development.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn how to apply material presented in the course in finding solutions to contemporary practical problems concerning the interactions among population, climate change and sustainable development.

Indicative Assessment

Two short written exercises (40%) and one longer research essay (60%). One short exercise will involve solving a conceptual problem, while the second short exercise will involve a class presentation (to be written up and no more than 1500 words). Both will be stepping stones to the research essay.


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

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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
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8911 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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