- Code DEMO8091
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Demography
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Demography
- Areas of interest Policy Studies, Population Studies, Actuarial Studies, Demography, Public Health
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Vladimir Canudas Romo
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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The processes of birth, death and migration shape the size and structure of a population in constantly changing ways. This course covers the methods used to project the structure of the population, and the way inputs about the future of demographic processes, such as fertility and mortality, are provided. Population dynamics involve understanding and interpreting the changing population structure by analyzing the interplay between demographic processes, themselves depending on socio-economic and other factors. However, population dynamics also transform many aspects of social and economic life, thus creating a process of permanent renewal. Topics that will be covered in this course are: population models, epidemiological transition, ageing, lowest low fertility, demographic dividends and other specific aspects of population dynamics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- generate justifiable future series of demographic processes;
- demonstrate and interpret how fertility, mortality and migration affect population change;
- review and critique research on population projections and population dynamics; and
- prepare demographic calculations using the R software program.
- Weekly class R programming exercises (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Project (a): Title + Abstract (FP). Maximum 500 words (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Project (b): Introduction + Data description. Maximum 1000 words (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Project (c): Methods + Preliminary results. Maximum 1000 words (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Project (d): Results and Discussion. Maximum 1000 words (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Project (e): In class presentation. 15 minute presentation with 7 minute question and discussion. (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Submission of Final Research Project (revised a-d). Maximum 4000 words. (20) [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: 3 hours of computer lab
b) 94 hours of independent student research, problem solving, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsReadings will be provided via the course Wattle site.
Preliminary ReadingSamuel Preston, Patrick Heuveline, Michel Guillot. 2000. Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes. Wiley.
Previous knowledge on R software is not a prerequisite, but students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with it, see for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANMuuq502rE
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