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290016 SE Bachelorseminar Human Geography: Human population dynamics and development (2018W)

Understanding the major demographic changes of the Global South

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



max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 05.10. 13:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 12.10. 13:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 19.10. 13:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 09.11. 13:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 16.11. 13:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 23.11. 13:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 30.11. 13:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II


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 are therefore 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 family policies in developing countries, population trends in the world: south vs. north?, AIDS epidemic in southern Africa, declining sex ratio in Asia, epidemiology transition in Africa, Poverty and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), woman empowerment … among others topics).

Assessment and permitted materials

The working methods used in the seminar will include joint analyses and discussions of relevant academic materials, own research of scientific sources, in class presentation of research results, and the writing of a term paper. Cooperative methods of working will be used whenever adequate and possible.
Thus, the following requirements must be fulfilled:
• regular attendance and active participation during the sessions
• session preparation including writing a short essay (2 pages in the middle of the semester)
• in class presentation with handout (~10 min per student - the video format will be privileged)
• writing of a short term paper (~10 pages)

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

In class presentation (35%) and term paper (45%) will be marked individually as well as session preparation (20%). Assignments have to be passed individually. An assignment is passed with a minimum grade of 4.
Grading scheme:
100 - 86 % - grade 1
85 - 71 % - grade 2
70 - 56 % - grade 3
55 - 41 % - grade 4
40 - 0 % - grade 5
An additional grading scheme for presentation and term papers can be downloaded from the Moodle platform and will be explained at the beginning of the course.

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) (BA UF GW 16)

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:42