This module aims to introduce students to key population issues in both the UK and world-wide.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of where to find and how to evaluate sources of demographic information in the library and on the internet
- Correctly reference sources
- Write clear, well argued and well structured essays
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the socio economic, cultural and behavioural factors which influence patterns of mortality, fertility and migration, and be able to describe some of the consequences of changes in these
The module covers a range of topics including: the relationship between population size and available resources; social, biological and economic influences on population growth rates, especially the role of famine, plague and war; the demographic and health transitions; HIV/AIDS; fertility decline; the changing characteristics of the family; global trends in population ageing; a brief overview of theories of migration; trends in international migration and a case study of immigration.
The module addresses key questions such as:
- How fast is the World's population growing? And what are the drivers of this growth?
- What impact will AIDS have on the population, economy, & society of the 21 st century?
- Is demographic ageing a demographic time bomb?
- Are we seeing the end of marriage & parenthood as social institutions in the West?
- Is famine the inevitable result of population growth?
- Why has international migration to the UK risen?
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
|Total study time||150|
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Short answer worksheet||10%|
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External