Semester Offering: August

In order to examine sustainable development issues and design effective policy solutions, it is critical to gain basic skills in population analysis and understand key demographic challenges linked to development. To address these learning needs, this course provides an introduction to demographic analysis, policies and contemporary issues in population and development. Examples will be drawn primarily, but not only, from the South and South-east Asia region.


Students will become familiar with key demographic concepts and learn methods of population analysis. Students will also gain in-depth knowledge of the key contemporary challenges in the area of population and development. The course will have a strong policy orientation, with students being able to practice and develop practical policy recommendations. The student on completion of this course would be able to:

     -       Critically examine key issues in population and development;
     -       Analyze population trends and dynamics;
     -       Design policies related to population issues.




I.         Introduction to population and development
1.     Demographic concepts
2.     Demographic theories
3.     Population and development
4.     Sources of demographic data

II.       Population analysis
1.     Population growth
2.     Fertility
3.     Mortality
4.     Internal and international migration
5.     Population projections

III.      Selected topics in population and development
1.     Population and environment
2.     Population and health
3.     Population aging
4.     Urbanisation
5.     Population policies


  • Preston, S. (2000), Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Newell, C. (1990).Methods and Models in Demography, The Guilford Press


-      Rolland, D. T. (2003). Demographic Methods and Concepts, Oxford University Press
-      Gould, W. T. S. (2015). Population and Development (Routledge Perspectives on Development), Routledge
-      Dyson T. (2010). Population and Development: The Demographic Transition, Zed Books
-      Guha, S. (2010). Health and Population In South Asia, Permanent Black


-       Population and Development Review, Willey
-       Demography, Springer
-       Asia-Pacific Population Journal, UNESCAP
-       Population Bulletin, WHO
-       Migration and Development, Taylor & Francis


Lecture: 30 hours
Class discussions/presentations: 30 hours
Assignments and reports: 50 hours


The course will focus on participative learning, lectures, invited lectures, group discussions, group and individual presentations, individual assignments, and field visits. Case studies in the Asian Region will be provided where appropriate.


Participation: 10%, written assignments: 50%, final examination: 40%.

An “A” would be awarded if a student can elaborate the knowledge learned in class by giving his/her own analysis in national and project case studies conducted in this course and from journal articles and including assigned readings. A “B” would be awarded if a student shows an overall understanding of all given topics, a “C” would be given if a student meets below average expectation on both knowledge acquired and analysis. A “D” would be given if a student does not meet basis expectations in understanding and analyzing the topics and issues presented in the course.