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SOCI305 Family Demography

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Changing family forms in New Zealand and around the world.

Families are at the core of changing populations. This paper helps understand how we have reached 7 billion people on Earth and what comes next. The key lies in understanding fertility, child well-being, gender equality, family structure and the changing meanings of family. To do this, the paper introduces key demographic concepts, which you will use to understand and present national reports and data. The paper is entirely internally assessed, with assessments focusing on a more developed and less developed country of your choice.

Paper title Family Demography
Paper code SOCI305
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
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18 200-level ANTH, CRIM, GEND or SOCI points or 54 200-level Arts points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
This paper is suitable for all students with some university experience; no prior knowledge of sociology or demography is required.

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Bryndl Hohmann-Marriott

Paper Structure
The paper covers these key themes:
  • Family and population patterns and trends
  • Population issues facing more and less developed countries
  • Using and understanding information sources
Teaching Arrangements

The paper is taught with lectures and tutorials.

Readings for this paper include scholarly articles and government publications, all of which are online.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will:
  • Be able to understand and critically evaluate family patterns and trends; compare patterns and trends cross-nationally
  • Comprehend primary-source material on family demographics
  • Apply demographic theory and methods to current family issues

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 10-15, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 12:00-13:50 9-15, 18-22