Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSociology
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Dharma Arunachalam


Previously coded SCY3310


The unit examines Australian population issues and their social dimensions. The components of demographic change will be examined, as will the dramatic social consequences of population change. Substantive issues covered will include population ageing, the determinants of fertility and partnering in Australia and the factors shaping Australian immigration policy. Students will also learn how to address a population question in-depth using relevant information extracted from the Australian unit record census data files.


On completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. understand key concepts and tools used in the study of population
  2. identify the components of change in the size, structure and composition of the population
  3. identify and articulate some of the many social origins of demographic trends
  4. identify and articulate social consequences of demographic trends
  5. engage critically with public debate over population issues
  6. use ABS Tablebuilder (for Australian census data) and extract relevant data to address a research question
  7. describe and interpret tables extracted from Australian census data files


Class test: 20%
Minor essay(1000 words): 20%
Research report/essay(2000 words): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study