SC3160 Population and society
This course may not be taken with SC3058 Demography.
This course makes use of diverse historical and theoretical perspectives to illustrate and analyse the relationships between population and society. Individual topics are addressed through a combination of theoretical understanding, knowledge of substantive processes and evidence, and policy implications.
Topics covered are:
- the relationship between population size and available resources, including an assessment of Malthusian and neo-Malthusian perspectives and their opponents;
- social, biological and economic influences on population growth rates;
- the demographic and health transitions;
- fertility decline and the role of family planning programmes;
- the changing characteristics of the family;
- population ageing and its social and economic consequences;
- theories of, and trends in, migration and urbanisation.