• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code DEMO-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The minor in Demography degree provides a unique specialisation for social sciences and other degree programs at ANU. The establishment of this new minor responds particularly to the need for better understanding of population change for social policymaking at the local, national and international levels. Future cohorts of population analysts trained at the undergraduate level will not only improve the capacity for population policy research but also provide better trained specialists for the health and social care professions, market research, local and national government departments, international organisations and the many other agencies that require a sound social analytical basis for decision-making. What is exciting about establishing this new programme is that students will learn about the ways populations change. They will learn how to study and analyse those changes and take those skills and knowledge with them as graduates into businesses and organisations desperate for their inputs and energies in an ever more competitive international workplace.

This minor also facilitates interdisciplinary learning which is critical for understanding complex problems. It provides an avenue for further collaboration and exchange of knowledge between academic disciplines at ANU, including for example, sociology, political science and international relations, history, indigenous studies, anthropology, economics, geography and environmental sciences.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. The central theoretical and practical concepts of demography.
  2. Tools for demographic analyses, including the underlying assumptions and data.
  3. The application of core demographic theories and reasoning to population issues in both developed and developing countries.
  4. The social, biological and economic determinants of population change, and the ways in which changes to the population size and structure have social, economic and environmental impacts.
  5. Familiarity with principal sources of demographic data, and the ability to organise and present such data in an informative manner.
  6. Ability to interpret and explain the results of analyses and communicate them to a non-technical audience.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
DEMO2001 Population Studies 6
DEMO2002 Population Analysis 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ANTH2005 Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment 6
ANTH2025 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective 6
ANTH2026 Medicine, Healing and the Body 6
ANTH2138 Doing Medical Anthropology 6
BIOL2191 Ecology of Health and Disease 6
DEMO2003 Migration in the Modern World 6
ENVS1001 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability 6
ENVS3021 Human Futures 6
HIST2229 Sexuality in Australian History 6
SOCY2057 Relationships, Marriage and Family 6
STAT3032 Survival Models 6
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