DEMO1001 Introduction to Demographic Methods
This module focuses on the key measures and techniques used in studying population behaviour and change. A basic analytical foundation for the study of populations is provided, and the field of demography and population analysis is introduced. The course focuses on: • The mechanisms by which demographic change occurs • Analysis of demographic data and measures • The diversity of demographic trends found throughout the world
Aims and Objectives
• Understand the processes that cause demographic change. • Be able to apply some basic methods and concepts to study population. • Know how to interpret essential demographic measures.
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Use some basic techniques to analyse demographic data
- Summarise publicly available demographic data and to report the results to an audience who are not specialists in demography, but who have some knowledge of social science
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essential sources of demographic data and their limitations
- Analyse and interpret basic demographic measures
• Sources of demographic data • Population accounting and growth • Age/sex structures • Concepts and measurement of mortality, fertility and migration • Standardisation • Period-cohort concepts • Life tables • Population distribution • World demographic indicators • Anthropometric measures • Future population prospects.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module is mainly taught through lectures, supplemented by tutorials and a computer workshop.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
D. Rowland (2003). Demographic Methods and Concepts.
Examination and online Quizzes
|Closed book Examination (2 hours)||75%|
|Examination (2 hours)||100%|
Repeat type: Internal & External