- Code DEMO8024
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Demography
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Demography
- Areas of interest Geography, Population Studies, Demography, Public Health, Sustainable Development
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Mike Roettger
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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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.
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 demographic changes in the world and their major determinants;
- use major demographic concepts and population theories to explain and evaluate past and present population changes; and
- interpret demographic materials, such as research literature and demographic data, to assess a current demographic situation.
Indicative AssessmentTopic notes for student-led discussion (co-convened groups), 500 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2
Assignment: analytical, 2500 words (40%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3
Final exam, 3 hours (40%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of discussion-based groups (tutorials), and 12 hours of directed online learning activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, problem solving, reading, and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsWeeks, J. R. (2016). Population: An Introduction to Concepts and issues (12th edition). Boston: Cengage Learning.
Preliminary Reading3-4 readings will be selected for each lecture topic
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