- Code DEMO1001
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Demography
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Demography
- Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, Population Studies, Sociology, Demography
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Edith Gray
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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This course introduces the big issues associated with changes in our global population. The world’s population is increasing rapidly, but population growth is far from even. Some of the most vulnerable parts of the world are growing the fastest, while other countries have too few working people to support their rapidly ageing population. This course will consider how population change is linked to sustainable development, migration and settlement, rapid population growth, ageing societies, housing and infrastructure, poverty, food and water supply, and the environment.
The course will consider these population challenges from a demographic perspective, introducing the reasons populations change through birth, migration and death. A focus of the course will be on the large disparities across the planet, and students will engage in thinking critically about these critical global challenges.
Overall, the course will:
1. identify past, present and future global population challenges
2. provide an understanding of how demographers and population scientists can contribute to understanding and addressing these challenges
3. demonstrate the demographic approach to understanding societal issues
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of demographic changes in the world and their major determinants;
- apply demographic concepts to understand contemporary socio-economic issues and current affairs;
- explain the key approaches used by demographers to understand population change;
- critically read, source, understand and evaluate credible information; and
- develop a logical, demographically-informed argument supported by empirical evidence.
- Learning portfolio based on weekly preparation for tutorials (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research essay, 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Exam, 2 hours (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 11 hours of student-led seminars; and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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