• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, International Relations, Policy Studies, Sociology, Demography
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr James O'Donnell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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In this course, students will evaluate how demography matters for policy design and policy analysis. Very few countries have official, or explicit, population policies, but many social policies are a result of demographic change, or are designed to influence demographic change. There are many examples of policies that have unintended consequences on the growth of populations, while in other cases, despite demographic pressures, policy interventions have been absent. The reasons governments take these approaches will be considered. The course will also examine policy instruments that have been used across the world to understand their approach and their effects. Students will complete a case study report that analyse a range of policies, both population and non-population related, to evaluate the effects – intended or otherwise – on population.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the key public policy challenges surrounding population issues;
  2. reflect critically on how demographic change influences policy;
  3. critically analyse how policy impacts population processes; and
  4. communicate and defend research and analysis;

Indicative Assessment

  1. Learning portfolio based on weekly preparation for tutorials (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Policy Brief paper, 1000 words (20) [LO 1,3,4]
  4. Case study report, 3000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks: such as lectures; small group meetings, student-led discussions.

b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed DEMO2001 and DEMO2002.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
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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
7319 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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