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290121 PS Unravelling the major demographic changes of the Global South (2019W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 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. 20 participants
Language: English



FR 15.11.2019 13.00-15.30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II (Bestätigt)
FR 22.11.2019 13.00-15.30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II (Bestätigt)
FR 29.11.2019 13.00-15.30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II (Bestätigt)
FR 10.01.2020 13.00-15.30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II (Bestätigt)
FR 17.01.2020 13.00-15.30 Seminarraum 4 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock (Bestätigt)
FR 24.01.2020 13.00-15.30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II (Bestätigt)
FR 31.01.2020 13.00-15.30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II (Bestätigt)


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
• in class presentation with handout (the video format will be privileged)
• writing of a short term paper (~10 pages)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance in at least 80% of the course sessions. In the case of illnesses that are confirmed by a doctor's note, additional absenteeism can be compensated by additional written assignments.
Minimum requirements: Willingness to search, read, discuss and present in english topics about demography and population change in the Global South.
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 - 87,5 % - grade 1
87,5 - 75 % - grade 2
75 - 62,5 % - grade 3
62,5 - 50 % - grade 4
less than 50% - 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.

Examination topics

The examination will encompass the work items as outlined in the course requirements.

Reading list

All texts for compulsory readings can be downloaded in the Moodle course. Additional literature research will be mandatory. For selected literature, see below:
Dorling, D., & Gietel-Basten, S. (2017). Why demography matters. John Wiley & Sons.
Lam, D. (2011). How the world survived the population bomb: Lessons from 50 years of extraordinary demographic history. Demography, 48(4), 1231-1262.
Guilmoto, C. Z. (2009). The sex ratio transition in Asia. Population and Development Review, 35(3), 519-549.

Association in the course directory

(MG-S1-PI-f) (MG-S3-PI.f) (MG-S4-PI.f) (MG-S6-PI-f) (MG-W5-PI) (L2-b3) (L2-b-zLV) (BA UF GW 19) (MA UF GW 02-4)

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