Society, Population, and the theories of social demography

Course content

This course introduces population issues, concepts, theories and typical methods by encompassing the fields of demography, sociology, and economics. It provides an overview of various aspects of demographic dynamics in fertility, migration, aging, education, family and household structure, health and mortality. This course also examines the relationship between population and development, and their potential consequences from sociological, economic and geographical perspectives.

Within the course we will also demonstrate thematic examples and tasks, including:

creating population pyramid. –It is the most intuitive way to show the age and gender composition of the population in a society;

demographic analysis of economic growth. –It can reveal how the population age structure plays a role in the economic development of a society and quantify the so-called population dividend;

descriptive maps of population. –It will show the distribution of the population via maps and demonstrate the spatial heterogeneity of population dynamics;

visualization of migration. –It shows how the population flow looks like and how migration shapes the age composition of the local population;

creating life tables. – It demonstrates how life expectancy is calculated from mortality;

calculation of fertility indicators. –It will help students know the exact meaning of fertility indicators, and the advantage and disadvantage of these indicators



BSc/MSc Elective course

Course package:

Welfare, inequality and mobility

Knowledge, organisation and politics

Culture, lifestyle and everyday life

Learning outcome


Students are equipped fundamental knowledge and theories about population processes and their relationship with development.



Students are able to perform basic demographic analysis to understand some social and demographic issues.



Students are aware of the importance of demographic perspective in understanding social phenomena.

This course will rely on a structure of lectures and elaborated cased based exercises. Lectures will normally be the focus on the first meet in the week, and exercises in the later.

Up to 700 pages of literature.

Basic social scientific training, including ability to read and understand quantitative research papers.

Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

Student and teacher feedback will be built into the exercises. This will both take paces as peer feedback in smaller groups as well as presentations for class where the professor will give direct feedback

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, -
Individual or group (max. 4 students). If the synopsis is written by more than one student, the oral exam will generally be a group exam. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 130
  • Exam Preparation
  • 20
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

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Vejl. 40 personer
Department of Sociology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Sociology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Mengni Chen   (4-7d75737850837f733e7b853e747b)

Mengni Chen

Saved on the 06-12-2021

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