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    Changing family forms in New Zealand and around the world.

    Families are at the core of changing populations. This paper explains how we have reached 7 billion people on Earth and what comes next. The key is understanding trends in childbearing, lifespans, and migration. To do this, we will introduce key demographic concepts, which you will use to describe changes globally and in New Zealand. The paper is entirely internally assessed, with a report focusing on two countries of your choice.

    About this paper

    Paper title Family Demography
    Subject Sociology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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: Associate Professor Bryndl Hohmann-Marriott

    Paper Structure

    The paper covers these key themes:

    • Family and population patterns and trends
    • Key demographic concepts and theories
    • 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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system

    Computer Lab

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 30-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Monday 12:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
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