• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Population Studies, Demography, Public Health
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

The processes of birth, death and migration shape the size and structure of a population in ever-changing ways. In this course, students will engage with the latest approaches, methods, and topics in the contemporary study of population change. Students will have the opportunity to directly apply their applied knowledge to conduct and engage with research examining the latest issues in demography.

Analytical techniques covered may include population projections, population dynamics and transitions, multistate life tables, microsimulation models, event history models, and other topics related to data acquisition, analysis, and presentation of demographic research. Topics may include demography of specific world regions and specialised or new topics in mortality/health/ageing, fertility/family, and migration.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. review and critique research in the relevant demographic literature related to covered topics;
  2. pose an original research question which is situated within the relevant literature to covered topics;
  3. develop a logical research plan and apply appropriate techniques to address the research question;
  4. explain the significance of the research project in the context of the literature and the implications of what has been learned in conducting the project; and
  5. evaluate the strengths and limitations of different demographic approaches and techniques.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Learning portfolio based on weekly preparation (20) [LO 1,5]
  2. Research project 1 (1,750 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Research project 2 (1,750 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 3 hours of computer lab

b) 94 hours of independent student research, problem solving, 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. This course may not be taken if the student has previously completed DEMO8091.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have a background in basic demographic measures. Experience with basic statistics and statistical programming is highly recommended.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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