- Code DEMO8091
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Demography
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Demography
- Areas of interest Policy Studies, Population Studies, Demography, Public Health
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Brian Houle
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2023
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The processes of birth, death and migration shape the size and structure of a population in ever-changing ways. In this course, students will engage with the latest approaches, methods, and topics in the contemporary study of population change. Students will have the opportunity to directly apply their their acquired knowledge to conduct and engage with research examining the latest issues in demography.
Analytical techniques covered may include population projections, population dynamics and transitions, multistate life tables, microsimulation models, and event history models, and other topics related to data acquisition, analysis, and presentation of demographic research. Topics may include demography of specific world regions and specialised or new topics in mortality/health/ageing, fertility/family, and migration.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- review and critique research in the relevant demographic literature related to covered topics;
- pose an original research question which is situated within the relevant literature to covered topics;
- develop a logical research plan and apply appropriate techniques to address the research question;
- explain the significance of the research project in the context of the literature and the implications of what has been learned in conducting the project; and
- evaluate the strengths and limitations of different demographic approaches and techniques.
- Learning portfolio based on weekly preparation (20) [LO 1,5]
- Research project 1 (1,750 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research project 2 (1,750 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of directed learning over 12 weeks; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, problem solving, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Students are assumed to have a background in basic demographic measures and techniques, such as constructing a single decrement life table. Experience with basic statistics and statistical programming is highly recommended.
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