DEMO6023 Population, Poverty & Policy
During the module you will develop your key skills in: 1. Critically evaluating research on population and policy issues from a wide range of sources 2. Improved analysis, debate, reading and writing The skills will be developed through writing an extended essay and through student-led seminars.
Aims and Objectives
To describe and interpret the relationships between poverty and population processes (fertility, mortality and migration) – and their implications for policy.
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Describe the debate about the impact of population growth on economic growth, both in its historical context and in the present day
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of poverty concepts and measurement, and its characteristics and trends over time in all parts of the world – in poor countries, but also within rich countries
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of inequalities and wealth and their effects on demographic processes
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key policy issues and proposed strategies related to poverty, development and population growth
- Understand macro–level concerns about rapid population growth and its economic consequences, and the short-lived economic advantages of a youthful population structure – the ‘demographic dividend’
- Understand micro level effects such as the adverse effect of poor health on the chances of individuals and households escaping poverty
Introduction Population growth and economic wellbeing Poverty – concepts and measurement Globalisation, poverty and inequality Poverty, global health policy and the MDGs High fertility, family planning and economic development Student-led seminar: Poverty and vulnerability of populations to climate change Poverty, pensions and ageing Concentrated poverty – causes and impact Student-led seminar: Women’s employment, fertility and development Migration and poverty in an interconnected world Poverty policies Student-led seminar: Maternal mortality, poverty and policy Deadline for handing in briefing paper 24th April 2017, 3pm
This module requires students to identify their own relevant topic on which to write a briefing report. This will require students to identify and read published grey and white literature. Students need to interested in exploring how to synthesize scientific research and write in a way that would be helpful to readers including staff in NGOs, government agencies and practice organisations.
Learning and Teaching
|Total study time||100|
Resources & Reading list
Chen, S. and Ravallion, M (2008). The developing world is poorer than we thought, but no less successful in the fight against poverty.
Collier, P. (2007). The bottom billion: Why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it.
Ahlburg, D. (2002). Does population matter? A review essay. Population and Development Review. ,28 , pp. 329-350.
Birdsall, N., Kelley, A., & Sinding, S. (2001). Population matters: Demographic change, economic growth and poverty in the developing world.
Yeates, N. (eds) (2008). Understanding Global Social Policy.
Merrick, T. (2002). Population and policy: New views on an old controversy.. International Family Planning Perspectives. ,28 , pp. 41-46.
Yeates, N. and Holden, C. (2009). The Global Social Policy Reader.
Bloom, D.E., Canning, D., & Sevilla, J. (2003). The demographic dividend. A new perspective on the economic consequences of population change, Population Matters..
Text books, web sites, other sources of related information..
Penalties for non-attendance at seminars: up to 25%.
|Briefing document (2500 words)||100%|
Repeat type: Internal & External