• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Population Studies, Social Research, Demography, Public Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Vladimir Canudas-Romo
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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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 their acquired 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, and 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 directed learning over 12 weeks; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, problem solving, reading and writing.


Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the course you must have 1) successfully completed SOCR8001, STAT1008, or SOCY2038 and 2) successfully completed DEMO2002 or DEMO8008 (preferred), or be concurrently enrolled in DEMO8008. Students may also enrol with permission of the course convener. Students may not enrol in this course if they have previously received credit for completing DEMO4091.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have a background in basic demographic measures and techniques, such as constructing a single decrement life table. Students are also assumed to have experience with statistics and statistical programming.


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
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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
7436 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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