• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Actuarial Studies, Statistics, Demography
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bernard Baffour
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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This course focuses on analytics to study the life course with a focus on (i) detecting universal properties of events and stages in life and (ii) how factors that are location- and period-specific affect people’s lives.  In demography we seek to understand life events, the timing of these events, and their sequence. Models for studying both individual and group change are introduced. These include multi-level models, random effects models, event history models, multistate life tables and projections, modelling age-specific events, small area estimation, and model validation and assessment.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. Demonstrate how population models can be applied to understand the life course;
  2. Organise and analyse individual longitudinal data;
  3. Generate and interpret multistate life tables and projections; and
  4. Assess data quality and overcome data limitations using demographic methods.

Indicative Assessment

Population scenario short report, 1,500 words (30%) Learning Outcome 1
Population scenario final report, 4,500 words (70%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4                                   

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In Person: 130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of tutorials and 18 hours of directed online learning activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
Online: 130 hours of total student learning time made up from:a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of online discussion group and 18 hours of directed online learning activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

Preston, S., Heuveline, P., and Guillot, M. (2000). Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes. Wiley-Blackwell.

Assumed Knowledge

Proficiency in excel is required.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
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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
6015 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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