• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Actuarial Studies, Public Health, Migration
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Brian Houle
    • Prof James Raymer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    Second Semester 2022
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This course provides students with the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member in the School of Demography on a research project in a field of interest. Students will develop real-world research skills and an understanding of how demographic research is conducted. The project, which is to be negotiated with a supervisor, will most often be related to current work by the faculty member, providing the student with the opportunity to join the research team. The student will participate in a discrete element of the broader project.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify a research question or problem within an existing field of demographic inquiry;
  2. formulate a program of research in consultation with a Demography faculty member to provide context for the investigation;
  3. develop a plan and timeline for investigating the research project and manage work to that timeline;
  4. communicate research results orally, visually, and in writing in alignment with academic standards; and
  5. develop skills working as part of a research team

Other Information

Enrolment in the course requires:

1) Agreement of a supervisor; and

2) Agreement of the course convener.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research paper (4000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Preliminary research group presentation (15 minutes) (20) [LO 1,4]
  3. Participation in research team (continuous assessment by supervisor) (10) [LO 5]
  4. Final research group presentation (20 minutes) (25) [LO 1,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 12 hours of supervisor meetings;

b) 8 hours of research group meetings; and

c) 110 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Demography to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Readings are chosen by the project supervisor in consultation with the student.

Assumed Knowledge

Students will normally be required to have completed a minimum of 70 (distinction) average over at least four courses available in the Demography major, as well as written agreement of a supervisor and the course convener.


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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4367 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7298 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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