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290016 SE Bachelorseminar Human Geography: Selected Topics in Population Geography and Demography (2016W)

with Focus on the Global South

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 13.10. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 20.10. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 27.10. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 03.11. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 10.11. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 17.11. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 01.12. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 15.12. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 12.01. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 19.01. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 26.01. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409

Information

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). Demography is per se, the statistical analysis of parameters of these population changes.
The analysis of demographic structures and processes and their spatial differentiation appear as an essential prerequisite to understand the main worldwide social, economic and political developments and issues.
The seminar enables students to learn the basic knowledge of population geography: population distribution and migration, through the understanding and exploration of the situation in the Global South. At the end of the course, the students should be able to discuss critically a large range of global demographic topics in the Global South, to read and interpret documents, graphs and data acutely and to apply academic knowledge to real world events.
Key issues of global, regional and local population trends and specific case studies will be jointly discussed (i.e. how we count the population?, family policies in developing countries, population trends in the world: south vs. north?, the AIDS epidemic in southern Africa, declining sex ratio in Asia, epidemiology transition in Africa, migration and age pyramid in the Middle East, … among others topics).

Assessment and permitted materials

Along the semester, the students choose a case study and make an oral presentation out of it as well as a short research paper.
Thus, the following requirements must be fulfilled:
• regular attendance and active participation during the sessions (15%)
• session preparation (20%)
• giving a short presentation in class with handout (~10 min) (25%)
• writing of a term paper (~10 pages) (40%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Willingness to search, read, discuss and present in English topics about demography and population change in the Global South

Examination topics

Participation in discussions, presentation of research results and writing of a term paper

Reading list

The literature will be announced in the course.

Association in the course directory

(BA GG 7.1) (B11-7.1) (L2-b4) (L2-b4-zSE) (UF BA GW 16)

Last modified: Fr 31.08.2018 08:56