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Population Development and Social Change

This is an advanced level course on fertility, mortality, migration. The aim is to familiarise students with demography (population studies).

Population development, basic demographic theories and methods as well as data sources are discussed. Social issues related to population development, population structure (ageing) and population policies are studied from a historical perspective and in recent periods. The course covers international research and demographic issues in Sweden.

  • Course structure

    After accomplishing this course, students are expected to be able to: 

    -Describe and explain basic demographic terms.
    -Provide an overview of main issues of population developments in Sweden.
    -Describe and explain the most common demographic methods and identify data sources that demographers commonly use. The student should also be able to discuss the advantages and shortcomings of different data sources.
    -Compare different demographic perspectives as they appear in the literature and describe how they have been applied in demographic studies.
    -Provide an overview of global population developments in historical and contemporary perspectives and discuss main forces behind these developments. -Identify and discuss problems arising from population ageing.
    -Provide an overview of Swedish population policies and analyze different approaches to population issues that exist internationally.

    Teaching format

    Teaching is in the form of lectures and of seminars where students are expected to take active part.

    Course PM - all you need to know

    Population development and social change 2023 (322 Kb)


    Examination contains a written and an oral part. The oral part comprises participation in general discussions as well as participation and presentation at two course seminars.


    Professor: Gunnar Andersson

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
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