Population and Society
This course introduces population issues, concepts, theories and methods by encompassing the fields of sociology, demography, and economics. It provides an overview of various aspects of population dynamics in family and household structure, fertility, migration, aging, education, health and mortality, etc. This course also examines the relationship between population and development, and their potential consequences from sociological, economic and geographical perspectives. Within the courses 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;
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.
Bachelor elective course
From Autumn 2022 the course is also offered to students at:
- Bachelor Programmes in Anthropology
- Master Programmes in Global Development
Enrolled students can register the course directly through the Selfservice a KUnet without a preapproval.
Please contact the study administration at each programme for questions regarding registration.
On successful completion of the course, the student is able to:
- account for core knowledge and theories about population processes and their relationship with social development
- know how to interpret and calculate various demographic indicators
- have a knowledge of contemporary population issues across different societies
- identify demographic dynamics underlying social phenomena
- search and make use of demographic data
- apply demographic theories to explain population dynamics in different societies
- perform basic demographic analysis to understand some social and demographic issues
- able to adopt demographic perspective to understanding social phenomena
- able to form a critical view about population policies in different societies able to identify challenges to social development based on the contemporary population dynamics in different societies
This course will mainly rely on a series of lectures and elaborated cased-based exercise. Lectures will normally be the focus on the first meet in the week, and exercise in the later.
Up to 700 pages of literature. The students will have to download these online - via kb.dk
Basic social scientific training, including ability to read and understand quantitative research papers.
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.
Self Service at KUnet
Registration deadline for courses is:
June 1st for Autumn semester
December 1st for Spring semester.
When registered you will be signed up for exam.
Sociology Student (from KU):
Registration online at KUnet
International exchange students:
You must sign up by filling in an application form. Find it at www.sociology.ku.dk.
Find more information at www.soc.ku.dk under Uddannelse -> Meritstuderende.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Oral examination, -
- Type of assessment details
- Individual or group. 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.
- Project work
- Exam Preparation
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Vejl. 46 personer
- Department of Sociology, Study Council
- Department of Sociology
- Department of Anthropology
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Mengni Chen (4-7068666b43767266316e7831676e)
Mengni Chen, e-mail: email@example.com
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