- Class Number 2201
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Mike Roettger
- Dr Mike Roettger
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
The field of population studies is concerned with how populations change, and how population change impacts society. This course introduces the field of population studies and theories on population change, and considers past, current and future population issues. The topics include the relationship between population size and resources; population transition theories; mortality and fertility decline; population ageing; and population distribution and migration. Students will investigate the effects of population size, growth, and distribution on sustainable development, and consider the role of policy.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of demographic changes in the world and their major determinants;
- use major demographic concepts and population theories to explain and evaluate past and present population changes;
- interpret demographic materials, such as research literature and demographic data, to assess a current demographic situation; and
- develop a capacity to understand how components of a population are interrelated and impact society
Examination Material or equipment
Students need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a modem for the final exam. The exam is 'open book and notes,' so students may use their notes, course materials, and the textbook in completing their exam. Please also be aware that students will need to access Zoom to participate in scheduled lectorials in the event of a campus shutdown.
The prescribed textbook for this course is:
Weeks, J. R. (2021). Population: An Introduction to Concepts and issues (13th edition). Boston: Cengage Learning.
The textbook can be purchased (from the bookshop on campus) or in electronic format (from the publisher’s website: http://www.cengagebrain.com.au/).
In addition to the textbook, students are required to have read the assigned weekly readings prior to lectures. All non-textbook readings can be downloaded from the course Wattle site. Further, it is expected that students will read more widely to support their assessment tasks.
Additional resources, which support weekly topics, are provided on Wattle.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written feedback for all assessment tasks
- Verbal feedback on tutorial presentations
- General (verbal) feedback following the return of marked assessments about overall performance and common issues.
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Summary of Activities
|Global Population Trends
|The Life Course and Life Cycle Perspectives
|Social & Applied Demography
|Human Development & Sustainability
Tutorial RegistrationANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.
|Return of assessment
|Online group discussion
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
The course is taught in a lectorial format. Students enrolled in the course are expected to actively participate in small group discussions and online learning.
The course has a final exam worth 30%.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1
Online group discussion
This assessment tasks provides students with the opportunity to specialise in a topic and lead an online group discussion. Discussion leaders will develop material to lead the discussion on the population topic of the week. This material can draw on the set readings, or may focus on an application of the topic (e.g., for population theories, the development of Malthusian-Socialist population theory in China)
The online discussion should be based on topic notes, which are the basis of the assessment. The notes should comprise:
1. A paragraph summarising the background of the topic area
2. 7-10 dot points identifying the key points for discussion, with brief explanatory notes
3. 3-5 dot points summarising how you will conduct the group discussion
Topic notes should be of between 1 and 2 pages in length (no more than 2 pages), and submitted to Wattle by the Monday following the week that the topic is discussed.
Further details will be provided on the course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
The major essay is 3000 words in length and provides students with the opportunity to examine and critique a population-related issue/topic with originality and depth.
Students must choose a topic In order to complete this assignment, students must incorporate existing research and source material on the subject, along with relevant policy issues on the subject. Further details will be provided on the course Wattle site.
The topic and outline of this assessment is due on 4 April.
This assessment is due on 19 May (by 4:00 p.m.).
|Structure and Tone
|Presentation of Facts, Analysis, & Discussion
|Demographic Theory Application
|Source Material Quality and Accuracy
|Citation and referencing
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
A 3-hour final exam will be administered online during the exam period. The final exam will be a comprehensive, consisting of multiple choice questions, short-response, and short essay questions on topics covered during the semester. The exam will be open book and notes, but students must complete the exam on their own. Students will have a 3-day period over which to complete the 3-hour exam. The exam dates will be scheduled later in the term. Further details will be provided on the the course Wattle site.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.
The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Online assessments will be returned via Wattle. Copies of the final exam will be made available for students.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Students may resubmit assessments into Turnitin before the due date. No assessments may be resubmitted after the due date, unless explicit permission is given by an appropriate authority (e.g., course convener, CASS Associate Dean of Student Experience).
Distribution of grades policy
Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.
Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
Support for students
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- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Access and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Dr Mike Roettger