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DEMO1003 Population and Society

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce students to key population issues in both the UK and world-wide.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module is a general, non-technical introduction to the study of human populations. The module will investigate the socio-economic, cultural and behavioural factors which influence patters of mortality, fertility and migration and will describe some of the consequences of changes in these. The module addresses issues at the regional, national and global levels. This module also introduces internet and library resources for the investigation of population and related issues.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 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
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of where to find and how to evaluate sources of demographic information in the library and on the internet
  • Write clear, well argued and well structured essays
  • Correctly reference sources


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


Independent Study122
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 30%
Exam  (2 hours) 60%
Short answer worksheet 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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