• Class Number 9430
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Zhongwei Zhao
    • Prof Zhongwei Zhao
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

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:

  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.

The following books will be used as major references for this course.

1. Routledge Handbook of Asian Demography (Zhao and Hayes 2018)

2. Population (Weeks 2012)


A list of selected readings on each topics will be distributed among students in due course.

Staff Feedback

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

  • with the return of assessment.

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.

Other Information

In writing the two essays, Population Studies Instructions for Authors (including referencing) should be followed.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: This course and population in Asia
2 Demographic data and the development of population study in Asia
3 Fertility
4 Mortality
5 Marriage and household
6 Family planning and reproductive health
7 Migration
8 Urbanisation
9 Population ageing
10 Demographic and economic development
11 Population and environment
12 Population changes in Asia and the world in the 21st century Students are expected to complete the first essay between 22 July and 9 September, and to complete the second essay between 16 September and 4 November.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
First essay: Comparing population changes in two selected Asian populations 40 % 09/09/2019 04/12/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Conducting a study examining a selected population issue in Asia and completing the second essay 40 % 04/11/2019 04/12/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Participation, involvement, and quality of the work presented in the tutorial sessions. 20 % 25/10/2019 25/10/2019 1, 2, 3, 4

* 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 are requested to write the first essay in the first teaching period and the second essay in the second teaching period. Students are also requested to attend all planned tutorial activities.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 09/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/12/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

First essay: Comparing population changes in two selected Asian populations

Each student is requested to compare demographic changes (such as fertility or mortality decline, urbanization or migration, marriage and household formation, or changes of other kinds) in two selected Asian populations, examine their differences and similarities, explain their causes, and write a paper.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 04/11/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/12/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Conducting a study examining a selected population issue in Asia and completing the second essay

On the basis of first six-week study, each student is required to select a research topic about population changes in Asia (or an Asian population). The student is expected to set up research questions, collect and analyse available data, and write an essay examining and answering the proposed research questions.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 25/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Participation, involvement, and quality of the work presented in the tutorial sessions.

Students are requested to attend all scheduled tutorials. In each tutorial, students are requested to lead and participate in the discussion of some reading materials, and selected population issues, or other planned activities.

Assessment for this task will be continual throughout the semester.

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

Student’s essays will be returned together with comments at (or after) the feedback session.

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 are not allowed to resubmit assignments unless under special situation and being approved.

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).

Prof Zhongwei Zhao
6125 3006

Research Interests

Zhongwei Zhao has been doing research in the following areas: simulating changes in kinship structure and household composition, fertility behaviour in China in the past, using genealogies for demographic research, changes in kinship networks in Victorian England, Chinese migrants in Australia, and examination of the United Nations 1982 model life tables, especially the Far Eastern mortality model. At present, his major research activities concentrate on the demography of China’s 1958-1961 famine, the impacts of environmental conditions on mortality, and demographic changes in Asia. 

Prof Zhongwei Zhao

Monday 14:00 16:00
Monday 14:00 16:00
Prof Zhongwei Zhao
6125 3006

Research Interests

Prof Zhongwei Zhao

Monday 14:00 16:00
Monday 14:00 16:00

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