• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Geography, Population Studies, Demography, Public Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Vladimir Canudas-Romo
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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The course covers the theoretical models and tools to examine the growth, age-sex structure and spatial distribution of populations. Also covered are the concepts and measures used to describe and compare levels and age patterns in demographic processes, including marriage, fertility, mortality and migration. Topics may include the sources of demographic data, demographic accounting, population pyramids, the Lexis diagram, cohort measures, life tables, and population projections. The course focuses on understanding demographic concepts and measures, their application to data, and demographic interpretation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. calculate measures to analyse population growth and structure;
  2. calculate measures to analyse the demographic processes of marriage, fertility, mortality, and migration;
  3. locate appropriate demographic data; and
  4. produce, interpret, and evaluate demographic results.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class participation (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Assignment: report (15) [LO 1,3,4]
  3. Assignment: video (15) [LO 2,3,4]
  4. Examinations x 2 (of 3 hours, held during the formal examination period, 25% each for a total of 50%) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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 computer lab activities, and 12 hours of directed online learning activities; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, R-coding, problem solving, reading, and writing.


Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed DEMO2002 or POPS2002.

Prescribed Texts

Preston, SH, Heuveline, P, and Guillot, M. (2001). Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers Ltd.

Additionally we will be using the online material available for free at the IUSSP webpage: Population Analysis for Policies & Programmes (http://papp.iussp.org/index.html)

Assumed Knowledge

Students are strongly encouraged to use a personal computing device (i.e., laptop, tablet, etc.) including R free software as well as R Studio for in-class activities. Previous knowledge on R software is not a prerequisite, but students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with it:




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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3913 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 31 Mar 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A

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