Population and Society

Course content

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.


Learning outcome

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.

Continuous feedback during the course
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, -
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.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 80
  • Project work
  • 20
  • Exam Preparation
  • 64
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Bachelor choice

1 semester

See timetable
Vejl. 46 personer
Department of Sociology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Anthropology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Mengni Chen   (4-7068666b43767266316e7831676e)

Mengni Chen, e-mail: mech@soc.ku.dk

Saved on the 25-04-2022

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