POPST302-19B (HAM)

Exploring Population Change

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
National Institute Demographic Economic Analysis


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Paper Description

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POPST302 aims to support students to develop their interest in demography, population studies and population research. The course is designed to give students a firm grounding in the methods used in population studies and their applications.

The paper covers: sources of demographic data, fertility, mortality, life course events, internal migration, international migration, depopulation, deterministic population projections, and population policy.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is entirely internally assessed (1:0). Assessment includes twelve quizzes, five workshops, one report outline and one final report.

POPST302 is a 15 point paper at level three. Students are expected to do 8-10 hours per week (over the 14 week semester) of study, reading, writing and practice in data manipulation in addition to the following activities in class:

Weekly lectures: 12 x 2 = 24 hours

Workshop sessions: 5 x 2 = 10 hours

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Be able to describe and analyse population processes in their local, national and global contexts
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  • Be able to describe how population change is both cause and effect of societal change
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  • Be able to apply the core methodologies to analyse population size, structure, dynamics and location
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  • Be able to apply demographic analysis to a range of social, economic and political research questions
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  • Communicate ideas and findings regarding population issues in written form
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This paper makes use of the following assessments:

  1. Twelve weekly review quizzes (2% each, 24% in total).These will comprise a small number of multi-choice and/or quizzes relevant to the lecture material and/or readings of the week it is due (see schedule).Quizzes will open Wed at 12 noon and close two days later on Fri at 11am.
  2. Five workshop reports (6% each, 30% in total).
  3. Research report submitted in two parts:
    1. Report outline(10%)
    2. Final report (36%)

All courses taught within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are expected to use the APA referencing style. A comprehensive guide for this is available on the library’s website:https://www.waikato.ac.nz/library/study/referencing/styles/apa

You may also find it useful to visit the James Cook University’s webpage onAPAreferencing: https://libguides.jcu.edu.au/apa

Report overview

Further details will be provided in class.You will be required to complete and submit two parts of the research report comprising:

  1. An outline for your final report (max. two pages), including background, sub-headings, and bullet-pointed content
  2. A full report of 2,000-2,500 max. words

Marks will be awarded for:

●Demonstrating your ability to identify and source appropriate data;

●Presenting data and describe findings;

●Using your findings to draw relevant policy based conclusions and recommendations;

●Identifying any limitations of your report or areas for further research;

●Presenting a report which is well structured.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Quizzes (12 @ 2% each)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Workshop reports 5 @ 6% each
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Report outline
11 Sep 2019
11:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Final report
18 Oct 2019
11:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Yusuf, F., Martins, J., & Swanson, D. (2013). Methods of demographic analysis. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

FREE online via library ­ use THIS LINK (http://site.ebrary.com.ezproxy.waikato.ac.nz/lib/waikato/detail.action?docID=10787974)
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Other Resources

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Available on Moodle
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Online Support

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Online support is via Moodle.

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This 15 point course requires two hours of active engagement with lectures per week and two hours of workshop material (as scheduled). Successful completion of the course will require at least a further 8-10 hours per week of self­-directed study following up on essential reading, content revision and completion of written assignments.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: POPS201 or POPST201




Restricted papers: POPS302

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