• Offered by Research School of Population Health and the School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences / ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Sociology, Demography, Public Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

In order to understand societal change, one needs to examine the mix of location-specific contexts that occur across space. This course focuses on local population change and its interrelation with health and wellbeing by exploring the theory, tools and analytical frameworks for dealing with spatial population and health data. Students will investigate strategies for overcoming the additional complexity of working and mapping spatial population and health data using geographic information systems software. The course will cover topics such as demographic and health uses of spatial data, sources of geospatial data, managing and mapping spatial data in geographic information systems, spatial autocorrelation and scale and spatial statistics.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain the theoretical and practical considerations required for conducting spatial analysis of population or public health data;
  2. prepare, manipulate, display, and analyse spatial population data;
  3. understand the importance of spatial data for local population and health planning;
  4. build and critically evaluate spatial analysis models; and
  5. conduct an independent research project that includes analysing and mapping spatial data.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Short written assignment, 1500 words (25) [LO 1,2]
  2. 10-minute research essay presentation and participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Research essay, 4500 words (65) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of seminars over 12 weeks; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts



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6.00 0.12500
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2022 $3840
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2022 $5700
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