Checking date: 18/05/2020

Course: 2019/2020

Study: Dual Bachelor in International Studies and Law (321)

Coordinating teacher: JUIF , DACIL TANIA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Sciences

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Basic mathematics
SPECIFIC COMPETENCES CE7 - Understand the main dynamics which generate inequality and its consequences, and comprehend the principles on which equal opportunity policies are based. CE10 - Be able to discern the differentiating elements in international problems in accordance to the development stages of a country. LEARNING OUTCOMES · to acquire tools for the analysis of the evolution of population and the understanding of contemporary patterns of fertility, mortality and migration in different historical contexts based on relevant theories and using empirical data. · to understand the evolution of world population from a historical and contemporary perspective of the main forces behind these events. · to identify the most probable scenarios for the coming decades based on current demographic trends. · to acquire conceptual and methodological tools for the analysis of the driving forces of migration in a global context and understanding of the main theories. · to understand the consequences of aging populations in advanced societies. · to acquire a general view of population policies in comparative perspective. · to acquire conceptual and methodological tools for critical evaluation of studies that deal with demography · Knowledge of databases and training to perform basic demographic analysis.
Description of contents: programme
Introduction to demography (theory, indicators, methods and data sources) and the analysis of demographic trends and challenges from a global, comparative and historical perspective. The main processes of demographic change: fertility, mortality, migration and urbanization, with special attention to the causes and consequences of these processes. Consequences of demographic change and population policies: population aging and sustainability of the welfare state; overpopulation, environmental and health risks; the processes of urbanization, segregation, spatial diffusion and networks; demography, poverty and economic growth. 1. Introduction to demography 2. Demographic theories: Malthus and the demographic transition 3. Demographic methods 4. Health and mortality transition 5. The fertility transition 6. Migration transition 7. The age transition: challenges of ageing 8. The urban transition 9. Family and household transition 10. Population growth and sustainability
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures Practical Classes Tutorials Individual assignments Group work
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 30
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 70
Basic Bibliography
  • Weeks, John R. . Population. An introduction to concepts and issues. Cengage Learning. 2015
Additional Bibliography
  • Bongaarts, J. and Casterline, J.. Fertility Transition: Is sub-Saharan Africa Different? . Population and Development Review 38(1): 153¿168.
  • Borjas, G. J.. Immigration and globalization: A review essay.. Journal of Economic Literature, 53(4), 961-74. . 2015
  • Christensen, K., Doblhammer, G., Rau, R., & Vaupel, J. W. . Ageing populations: the challenges ahead. The lancet, 374(9696), 1196-1208. 2009
  • Lesthaeghe, R.. The unfolding story of the second demographic transition. . Population and development review, 36(2), 211-251. . 2010
  • Malthus, T. R.. Essay on the principle of population. London: ¿J. Johnson. 1798
  • Reher, D. S. . Economic and social implications of the demographic transition.. Population and development review, 37(s1), 11-33. 2011
  • Timæus, I. M., & Jasseh, M. Adult mortality in sub-Saharan Africa: evidence from Demographic and Health Surveys.. Demography, 41(4), 757-772. 2004
  • Zarulli, V., Jones, J. A. B., Oksuzyan, A., Lindahl-Jacobsen, R., Christensen, K., & Vaupel, J. W. . Women live longer than men even during severe famines and epidemics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(4), E832-E840. 2018

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