• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Geography, Policy Studies, Demography, Public Health, Sustainable Development
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The field of population studies is concerned with how populations change, and how population change impacts society. This course introduces the field of population studies and theories on population change, and considers past, current and future population issues. The topics include the relationship between population size and resources; population transition theories; mortality and fertility decline; population ageing; and population distribution and migration. Students will investigate the effects of population size, growth, and distribution on sustainable development, and consider the role of policy.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of demographic changes in the world and their major determinants;
  2. use major demographic concepts and population theories to explain and evaluate past and present population changes;
  3. interpret demographic materials, such as research literature and demographic data, to assess a current demographic situation; and
  4. develop a capacity to understand how components of a population are interrelated and impact society

Indicative Assessment

  1. Topic notes for student-led discussion (co-convened groups) (800 words) (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Assignment: analytical (3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Final exam 3 hours (30) [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 mixed lectures and discussion-based groups (tutorials), and 12 hours of directed online learning activities; and

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course may not be taken if a student has previously successfully completed DEMO2001, DEMO6001, or DEMO9024. Students are not permitted to enrol in DEMO2001 or DEMO9024 concurrently with this course.

Prescribed Texts

Weeks, J. R. (2020). Population: An Introduction to Concepts and issues (13th edition). Boston: Cengage Learning.


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6.00 0.12500
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