UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

GEOG4001 Population, Migration and Development

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit examines the fundamental relationship between human population dynamics and development/under-development at national, regional and local scales. It covers three key themes—population growth; population distribution; and population movement. Students analyse key development issues and current responses, associated with phenomena such as resource scarcity in the face of a rapidly growing (and increasingly urban-based) human population, gender inequality and its relationship to fertility/population growth, forced migration (e.g. the rise of political and environmental refugees), and the impacts of rural-urban migration in the Global South.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) identify the main population dynamics that shape development processes within and across nation-states; (2) relate historical and theoretical perspectives regarding human population dynamics, to policy and practice in international development; (3) apply a reflexive framework to learning about, and engaging with, the 'uneven' population geographies of development; and (4) demonstrate group work, oral and written communication skills appropriate for professional engagement in the development sector.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) required reading assessment; (2) policy brief; and (3) positioning paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Sarah Prout Quicke
Unit rules
Incompatibility: ENVT4405 Development of Rural Areas
Contact hours workshops: 5 hours per week for 8 weeks (block taught with a 2-hour teaching block, followed by a break of at least 1 hour, then a 3-hour teaching block—all on the same day)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/GEOG4001/TS-TP-3/2017

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