• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Population Studies, Actuarial Studies, Demography, Public Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Vladimir Canudas Romo
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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The processes of birth, death and migration shape the size and structure of a population in constantly changing ways. This course covers the methods used to project the structure of the population, and the way inputs about the future of demographic processes, such as fertility and mortality, are provided. Population dynamics involve understanding and interpreting the changing population structure by analyzing the interplay between demographic processes, themselves depending on socio-economic and other factors. However, population dynamics also transform many aspects of social and economic life, thus creating a process of permanent renewal. Topics that will be covered in this course are: population models, epidemiological transition, ageing, lowest low fertility, demographic dividends and other specific aspects of population dynamics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. generate justifiable future series of demographic processes;
  2. demonstrate and interpret how fertility, mortality and migration affect population change;
  3. review and critique research on population projections and population dynamics; and
  4. prepare demographic calculations using the R software program.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly class R programming exercises (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research Project (a): Title + Abstract (FP). Maximum 500 words (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research Project (b): Introduction + Data description. Maximum 1000 words (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Research Project (c): Methods + Preliminary results. Maximum 1000 words (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Research Project (d): Results and Discussion. Maximum 1000 words (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  6. Research Project (e): In class presentation. 15 minute presentation with 7 minute question and discussion. (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  7. Submission of Final Research Project (revised a-d). Maximum 4000 words. (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 3 hours of computer lab

b) 94 hours of independent student research, problem solving, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed DEMO8008, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be provided via the course Wattle site.

Preliminary Reading

Samuel Preston, Patrick Heuveline, Michel Guillot. 2000. Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes. Wiley.

Assumed Knowledge

Previous knowledge on R software is not a prerequisite, but students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with it, see for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANMuuq502rE


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5914 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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