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BAEcon Economics / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Theory & Method in Demography

Unit code SOST30012
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Social Statistics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The course will cover the following core topics:
Population Structure; demographic transition; fertility; mortality; migration and population projection.


The course aims to:
- Introduce students to the way demographic pattern and process is central to our understanding of many important social and policy issues
- Provide a basic grounding in the theory and principles underlying demographic processes and their measurement
- Introduce students to the range of data used in demographic analysis
- Equip students with the basic techniques of demographic analysis
- Enable students to critically interpret demographic data and analysis

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of demographic pattern and process
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of data sources and methods used in demographic analysis
- Demonstrate ability to apply method and data appropriately to answer demographic questions and problems
- Interpret the output of demographic analysis appropriately

Teaching and learning methods

Weekly 2 hour lecture and 1 hour workshop (also weekly).

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 30%
Written exam 70%

2 short coursework assignments based on workshop exercises (15% each, totalling 30% of course unit assessment).

Feedback methods


All Social Statistics courses include both formative feedback – which lets you know how you’re getting on and what you could do to improve – and summative feedback – which gives you a mark for your assessed work.

Recommended reading

Rowland D T (2003) Demographic Concepts and Methods, (OUP) Newell, C.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 20
Practical classes & workshops 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 168

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Mark Brown Unit coordinator

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