• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Sociology, Computer Science, Demography, Epidemiology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Vladimir Canudas-Romo
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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This course provides the basic analytical foundation for understanding societal change. It focuses on the key measures and techniques used to study the diversity of demographic change occurring in Australia and throughout the world. This includes methods for analysing fertility, mortality, migration and population compositions. The construction of life tables and populations projections are also introduced.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the processes that cause demographic change;
  2. apply various methods and concepts to study population change;
  3. interpret various demographic measures;
  4. analyse demographic data; and
  5. access various demographic data sources and understand their relative strengths and weaknesses.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Group exercises x 2 (15% each for a total of 30%) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Examinations x 2 (of 3 hours, held during the formal examination period, 25% each for a total of 50%) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Class participation (20%) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of labs and 12 hours of directed online learning activities; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, R-coding, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level ANU courses.

Prescribed Texts

Preston SH, Heuveline P, Guillot M (2001) Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes

Additionally we will be using the online material available for free at the IUSSP webpage: Population Analysis for Policies & Programmes (http://papp.iussp.org/index.html)

Assumed Knowledge

Students are strongly encouraged to use a personal computing device (i.e., laptop, tablet, etc.) including R free software as well as R Studio for in-class activities. Previous knowledge on R software is not a prerequisite, but students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with it from available online sources, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/c/rprogramming101


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
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2620 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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