• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Population Studies, Demography, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Collin Payne
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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Asia has the world's largest population, and great demographic variation can be found across the region. Changes in the population of Asia have had, and will continue to have, significant implications for global demography and development. This course will explore the main population issues facing Asia, focusing on how fertility, mortality, migration, population ageing, and population health have played a role in shaping the demography of Asia. In each of these areas, we will examine their major characteristics, regional variations, and implications, and explore how each issue has impacted, and will impact, the past and future of Asia.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. apply interdisciplinary knowledge of connected social, demographic, and epidemiological patterns and trends in Asia;
  2. demonstrate critical understanding of how relevant data is compiled, processed and analysed;
  3. explain the competing theories (demographic, economic, political, social and cultural) of the causes and consequences of population change in Asia; and
  4. identify and evaluate the implications of population change for international relations, population health, and environmental sustainability.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly tutorial participation and performance (Students are required to be actively involved in reading and discussing the course materials and presenting their research esay) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research question assignment, 500 words (Week 4) (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Research essay first draft submission, 2500 words (Week 7) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Research essay final draft submission, 3500 words (Week 12) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Final research presentation, 10 minutes (Week 12) (20) [LO 2,3,4]

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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 lectures and pre-recorded materials and 12 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and 

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Routledge Handbook of Asian Demography (Zhao and Hayes 2018)

Assumed Knowledge

Not applicable


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

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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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
7965 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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