• Class Number 4267
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Natalie Nitsche
    • Natalie Nitsche
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

This course will examine how sex and gender are conceptualized, empirically researched, and interpreted in population studies. An empirical dichotomisation of “sex” into male and female is often central to population research, and demographic indicators of fertility, family dynamics, migration, population health, and mortality tend to differ between men and women. But what do demographers mean when they talk about sex difference? How do their concepts of sex and gender overlap with those from other disciplines, such as sociology? How do they deal with non-binary gender identities? Which sex differences exist in population processes and how are they being explained? And how are sex differences in demographic processes linked with gender inequalities in other areas of society? We will explore answers to these questions and develop a ‘gendered’ understanding of a variety of issues in population studies. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and understand key concepts on sex and gender in population studies;
  2. analyse population problems using a gender perspective;
  3. critically assess empirical studies; and
  4. review existing research in population studies using a gender perspective, identifying its limitations and potential ways to enhance these prior studies.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • with the return of assessment.

Student Feedback

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). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the Course Seminar overview and practical mattersBasic concepts, basic theories on sex and gender, terms used on sex and genderOverview of gender inequalities in the realms of reproduction, household and labor market production, health, ageing and mortality.
2 Theory and Concepts"Doing Gender", gender as a social structure
3 Theory and ConceptsHegemonic masculinity, emphasized femininity, intersectionality
4 Theories and ConceptsTheoretical debates on gender and sex in population studiesPerspectives on sex and gender in population studies in the global north and global south
5 The Gendered BodyTheoretical perspectives on the gendered body, non-binary and transgender gender identities, sexual identities
6 Union Formation and SexualityGendered perspectives on dating, union formation, and marriage, change over time and birth cohorts
7 Fertility, Reproductive Health, and Family PlanningGlobal North: Fertility Transition, Gender Equity and Fertility, Couple Perspectives, Motherhood and Fatherhood
8 No Class (PAA Meeting)Self-Directed Study, Presentations
9 Fertility, Reproductive Health, and Family PlanningGlobal South: Fertility Transition, Family Planning Movement; From Family Planning to Reproductive Health, Population Policy and Women’s Health
10 Work and FamilyGender attitudes and ideology, gendered time use and work divisions, gender pay gap,
11 The COVID-19 pandemic and gendered population changeLabor market participation, domestic work, mental health and well-being, morbidity and mortality, intersectional perspectives
12 Population health, ageing, and mortality

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Weekly topic notes 30 % * * 1,2,3
Proposal for Final Research Essay 15 % 22/03/2024 04/04/2024 2,3,4
Student Proposal Presentation 20 % 22/04/2024 * 1,2,3,4
Research Essay on Gender and Population 35 % 14/06/2024 * 1,2,3,4

* 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 Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

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 ANU Online 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Weekly topic notes

Assessment 1 is a weekly topic notes designed to assess student learning about concepts and topics related to sex and gender in population studies, critically examining research and reflecting on the role of gender in population problems. The notes will briefly summarize the main findings of the assigned readings, and provide questions and reflections to be discussed in class.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 22/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 04/04/2024
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Proposal for Final Research Essay

Assessment 2 is the proposal for the final research essay. Students are to pick a topic related to gender and population issues, with a goal of using a literature review to identify limitations in existing research on gender and population problems. In completing the assessment, the student will propose a topic of study, list potential sources for study, identify potential limitations in existing research from these sources, and develop potential ways to address limitations in prior research. Feedback will be given to students in order to provide them with an opportunity to further develop their essay in the Final Research Essay (Assessment Essay).

Note: Feedback on the proposal will be given and guide the preparation of the presentation and essay

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 22/04/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Student Proposal Presentation

Assessment 3 provides the student the opportunity to present on their chosen research essay topic, conveying key issues, discussing the state of the current research on the topic and limitations in the current research, and proposing ways to address these research gaps. Students will grade assessment 3 submissions as a way of further developing their knowledge of differing issues related to gender and population.



Powerpoint layout and design

Presentation style

Time management during presentation

Each student present their draft paper using Powerpoint in video recording that will be uploaded.

Each student is allocated 13-15 minutes to present.

Coverage for the presentation include:

Title of the paper; background; relevance of topic, objectives of the paper; conceptual framework/theoretical background; methodology (if the student is going to analyse data, include method/s of analysis and computer package used); findings; conclusion and discussion/ policy implication.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 14/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Essay on Gender and Population

Assessment 4 is research essay. In completing the essay, the students will fully develop their proposed research topic in Assessment 2. The assessment is designed develop student's knowledge and capacity critical thought on how sex and gender relate to a topic of interest, proposing potential advancement in the area of study as a new generation of scholars. Students will complete all learning objectives in completing the assessment and will be assessed accordingly.

Word Limits (max 3000 words, excluding figures, tables, references)



Title of the paper; background; objectives of the paper; conceptual framework/theoretical background; methodology (if going to analyse data, include method of analysis and computer package used); findings; conclusion and critical discussion of the state of the art and using a gender lens

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

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

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.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

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.

Privacy Notice

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In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

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

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Natalie Nitsche

Research Interests

fertility, family formation, families, gender, gendered work divisions

Natalie Nitsche

By Appointment
Natalie Nitsche

Research Interests

Natalie Nitsche

By Appointment

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