• Class Number 2311
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Michael Roettger
    • Dr Edith Gray
    • Dr Michael Roettger
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

The field of population studies is concerned with how populations change, and how population change impacts society. This course introduces the field of population studies and theories on population change, and considers past, current and future population issues. The topics include the relationship between population size and resources; population transition theories; mortality and fertility decline; population ageing; and population distribution and migration. Students will investigate the effects of population size, growth, and distribution on sustainable development, and consider the role of policy.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of demographic changes in the world and their major determinants;
  2. use major demographic concepts and population theories to explain and evaluate past and present population changes; and
  3. interpret demographic materials, such as research literature and demographic data, to assess a current demographic situation.

Examination Material or equipment

Up to 3 sheets of notes on A4 pages may be brought into the final exam.

Required Resources

The prescribed textbook for this course is:

Weeks, J. R. (2015). Population: An Introduction to Concepts and issues (12th edition). Boston: Cengage Learning.

 The textbook can be purchased (from the bookshop on campus) or in electronic format (from the publisher’s website: http://www.cengagebrain.com.au/).


In addition to the textbook, students are required to have read the assigned weekly readings prior to lectures. All non-textbook readings can be downloaded from the course Wattle site. Further, it is expected that students will read more widely to support their assessment tasks.

Additional resources, which support weekly topics, are provided on Wattle. 

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written feedback for all assessment tasks
  • Verbal feedback on tutorial presentations
  • General (verbal) feedback following the return of marked assessments about overall performance and common issues.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction
2 Global Population Trends
3 Historical Demography
4 Population Theories
5 The Life Course and Life Cycle Perspectives
6 Mortality
7 Applied Demography
8 Fertility
9 Contemporary Families
10 Migration
11 Ageing
12 Human Development & Sustainability

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Small group discussion 20 % 24/05/2019 31/05/2019 1
Major Essay 40 % 24/05/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3
Final Exam 40 % 31/05/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Students enrolled in the course are expected to actively participate in small group discussions and online learning.


The course has a final exam worth 40%.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 24/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1

Small group discussion

Students will lead the discussion of small groups (no more than 6). Students will be allocated a week to lead the discussion between week 3 and week 11, inclusive.

You will prepare topic notes to lead the discussion, which will be the basis of the assessment. The notes should comprise:

  1. A paragraph summarising the background of the topic area
  2. 7-10 dot points identifying the key points for discussion, with brief explanatory notes
  3. 3-5 dot points summarising how you will conduct the group discussion

Further details of assessment will be provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 24/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Major Essay

The major essay is 2500 words in length and provides students with the opportunity to examine and critique a population-related issue/topic with originality and depth.

Students must choose a topic In order to complete this assignment, students must incorporate existing research and source material on the subject, along with relevant policy issues on the subject. Further details will be provided on the course Wattle site.

The topic and outline of this assessment is due on 5 April

This assessment is due on 24 May (by 9 a.m.).


Structure and TonePresentation of Facts, Analysis, & DiscussionDemographic Theory ApplicationDemographic/Population PolicySource Material Quality and AccuracyCitation and referencing







Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Final Exam

A 3-hour final exam will be administered during S1 exam period. The final exam will be a comprehensive, consisting of short-response and essay questions. Students are permitted to use a "cheat sheet" a maximum of 3 A4 sheets in length.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Online assessments will be returned via Wattle. Copies of the final exam will be made available for students.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students may resubmit assessments into Turnitin before the due date. No assessments may be resubmitted after the due date, unless explicit permission is given by an appropriate authority (e.g., course convener, CASS Associate Dean of Student Experience).

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Michael Roettger

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Dr Edith Gray
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