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
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- 18 200-level ANTH, CRIM, GEND or SOCI points or 54 200-level Arts points
- Schedule C
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- This paper is suitable for all students with some university experience; no prior knowledge of sociology or demography is required.
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- 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