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290014 VU Urban Population Dynamics (2020S)

3.00 ECTS (1.50 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 40 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

- restructuring of the course to the home-learning mode
- no face-to-face classes will take place
- the teaching will be shifted to asynchronous formats (dee moodle for details)

Tuesday 10.03. 11:15 - 12:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Tuesday 31.03. 11:15 - 12:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Tuesday 28.04. 11:15 - 12:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Tuesday 05.05. 11:15 - 12:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Tuesday 12.05. 11:15 - 12:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Tuesday 16.06. 11:15 - 12:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Tuesday 23.06. 11:15 - 12:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Tuesday 30.06. 11:15 - 12:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518


Aims, contents and method of the course

Population geography can be considered as the study of the spatial variation and analysis of the demographic components of change: migration, fertility (births), and mortality (deaths and diseases). Taking as its point of departure the interplay between demography and urbanity, Urban Population Dynamics focuses on three major themes and seek to comparative North-South perspective: migration, health, and vulnerability. A translocal perspective on migration studies is employed, emphasizing the dynamics of flows from, to, and between specific places. Environmental, institutional, and social aspects of urban health are explored, especially as they concern and are impacted by urban populations. Finally, the vulnerability of urban populations to environmental threats such as earthquakes, floods, and extreme weather, and the resulting adaptive human-environment relations are examined. The course concludes with a consideration of the interconnectedness of all three themes and the implications they have for urban populations.

Assessment and permitted materials

The working methods used in the seminar will include discussions of academic papers, own scientific writing project, short oral presentation in form of a flash talk. The class is designed as an home learning and e-learning format. Exchange will take place in asynchronous mode over moodle.
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
- Individual documentation of the readings (6 articles)
- Critical review of one paper
- Forum discussion posts
- Free-writing
- Literatur Mind Map & commented bibliogrpahy
- Posts and responses „Discuss your topic in the forum“
- „Three steps“
- SPQR draft
- Peer Feedback
- Scientific paper
- Scientific flash talk – video & discussion in the forum

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Scientific paper (50%) (Group)
- Scientific Flash Talk Video (20%) (Group)
- Critical review of a paper (15%) (Group)
- Participation in the forum discussions (15%) (Group)

Examination topics

The term paper of 4000-5000 words (excl. references) must be submitted by 26 June 2020. The term paper will count 50%, the Scientific Flash Talk Video (20%), the critical review of a paper (15%) and the participation in the forum discussions (15%) for the final mark. The main assignment (term paper) must be passed in order to pass the course. Furthermore, for a successful completion of the course all assignments must be submitted (see above).

Reading list

Reading list on moodle

Association in the course directory

(MG-S4-PI.f) (MR3-PI) (MU 06)

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:21