- Code DEMO8088
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Demography
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Demography
- Areas of interest Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Social Research, Sociology, Demography
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
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.
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:
- demonstrate an understanding of how population dynamics contribute to the causes and consequences of anthropogenic climate change, and to a population's capacity to respond;
- explain the strengths and weaknesses of different ways in which the links between population dynamics and climate change—and more generally between population and environment—can be conceptualised and studied empirically;
- identify and use key relevant (open-access) data sets; and
- identify opportunities for incorporating population-based policies in a country's mitigation and adaptation strategies.
One mid-semester research essay 2,000 words (30%) - Learning Outcomes 1-2
One final research essay 4,000 words (70%) - Learning Outcomes 1-4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 36 hours of combined lectures and group discussions; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
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