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This subject serves as an introduction to demography: the scientific study of human populations. The subject provides an overview of concepts, theories, and methodological approaches for understanding the changing patterns and determinants of population size, composition, and spatial distribution. Students will learn how components of population change – fertility, mortality, and migration – are interlinked with broader forces of development and social change in a comparative geographic perspective. Case studies will be used to discuss the socio-political and economic implications of population change in both developed and less developed regions of the world. In doing so, the subject highlights contemporary debates and policy challenges around demographic bonus, population ageing, immigration, marriage and family change, fertility and reproductive health, gender and work, urbanisation, poverty and inequality, and population and environment. Although the subject is non-technical, students will be introduced to online resources and tools for basic analysis and visualisation techniques of population data.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- Identify major concepts and critically engage with theories related to population studies
- Identify different data sources, and understand methodological approaches used in demographic research
- Source and interpret quantitative data on patterns, determinants, and consequences of population change
- Recognise the interrelationship between population trends, development, and social change across different societal contexts
- Synthesise evidence, interpretations and debates around population, health, development, and social change
- Think and argue critically about contemporary issues relating to population, health development, and social change
- Be capable of thinking critically and analytically
- Be capable of testing theories with evidence
- Develop skills in oral and written communication
- Be capable of approaching research problems in the field
Last updated: 16 June 2020