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DEMO2010 Population in Developing Societies

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce you to the variety of demographic experiences in the regions of the developing world and explore the reasons for the differences between them. The module also enables you to analyse the key social, economic, cultural, political and spatial factors which affect the demography of the developing world and to provide an understanding of how countries develop, how development efforts have tried to improve conditions and the role of demographic change in development.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

By the end of this module, you should be able to: understand the role that demography plays in development, how countries and their populations develop over time and how development efforts have tried to improve standards of living and wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe a range of demographic issues in the regions of the developing world and explore the reasons for the differences across space;
  • Critically analyse and review the key social, economic, cultural, political and spatial factors which affect the demography of the developing world;
  • Produce written arguments citing supporting evidence and data in a clear, readable and well-structured way;
  • Prepare and deliver focused oral presentations concisely and clearly.

Syllabus

The module begins with an overview of population and its links with poverty in low and middle income countries as well as a brief synopsis of the key concepts in development thinking. Subsequent lectures focus on key issues in population and development, for example fertility and family sizes in different societies, family planning, maternal and child health, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, gender issues, migration and ageing in the developing world. Each of the four major world developing regions; the sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa the Middle East, Asia, Latin America will be discussed and examples of the key demographic features of each region will be considered.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through both lectures and seminars. In addition you are expected to conduct independent learning through background reading. The university considers that an undergraduate should spend 1200 hours working, to include attending lectures, seminars, and workshops, studying and being assessed. This works out at 150 hours per module including revision.

TypeHours
Teaching22
Independent Study128
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Gould, W.T.S. (2015). Population and Development (Routledge Perspectives on Development. 

Dyson, Tim (2010). Population and Development: The Demographic Transition. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Resit: 2 hour examination (90%); group presentation mark carried forward (10%).

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 30%
Exam 60%
Presentation 10%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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