• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Social Research, Sociology, Demography, Asian Studies
  • Specialisation code POPC-SPEC
Population Change Specialisation

Population growth and decline produce complex problems for policymakers. Population change exerts a significant impact on communities, families, and institutions, with differential policy impacts in different countries and economic circumstances.  While much attention is focused on demographic ageing in high-income countries, middle and lower income countries also face significant demographic challenges as life expectancy increases and fertility rates decline, with significant implications for a wide range of economic and social policies. The analysis of demographic change and its implications contributes to the informed policy making needed to address the complex problems that population growth and decline produce.

This specialisation enables students to study population change issues with a focus on analysing demographic change in different contexts. The specialisation will equip students with skills in analysing and interpreting demographic data and indicators, and their application to economic and social issues in a comparative perspective.

Learning Outcomes

  1. evaluate and apply demographic theory;
  2. review and critique demographic literature;
  3. formulate demographic research questions;
  4. locate demographic data and evaluate their quality and utility;
  5. implement appropriate methods for demographic analysis and interpret the results; and
  6. use demographic research to inform policy.
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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

DEMO8008 Principles of Population Analysis

DEMO8024 Population and Society: Theory and Empirical Perspectives


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

DEMO8047 International Migration

DEMO8048 Sex, Gender and Population

DEMO8063 Spatial Population Data Analysis

DEMO8090 Population Issues in Asia and their Implications for World Development

DEMO8091 Special Topics in Population Change

DEMO8092 Life Course Analytics

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