• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Population Studies, Sociology, Demography
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course investigates key theoretical and methodological approaches in Demography. Students enrolled in this course will critically analyse a range of demographic readings and participate in research design and analytical methods.

Topics in the course will explore the methods and materials of demographers through different theoretical and research approaches. Students will develop theoretically sound research questions, design aligned research design, and identify appropriate data and methods to conduct their honours thesis.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically evaluate demographic theories;
  2. demonstrate the ability to engage with disciplinary debates;
  3. construct an evidence-based argument on population issues using a demographic perspective;
  4. develop a theoretically based research design; and
  5. provide constructive feedback to others

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly seminar engagement (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Critical reflection on a theoretical publication 1,000 words (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Oral presentation of thesis proposal, 15 minutes (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Peer feedback on oral presentations, with up to 500 word submission (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  5. Written justification of thesis proposal research questions, research design and analytical approach, 2,500 words (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  6. Final Research Essay, 3,000 (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of reading seminar, and 18 hours of workshop; and

b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2) and have completed DEMO2001 and DEMO2002 or equivalent.

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