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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to the central components of population change (births, deaths, and migration) and their often-controversial role in shaping Australian society over time. It addresses key intersecting policy debates about: population growth and resource depletion; Australia's peculiar population distribution (and related challenges of urban primacy and regional decline); approaches to immigration (and the implications of these approaches for a ‘multicultural' Australia); the causes and consequences of declining fertility; the economic challenges of population ageing; and growing inequality between population sub-groups and the implications for individual ‘life chances'.

The unit provides students with the conceptual and analytical tools to explain, critically engage with, and advance, these complex debates. It also equips students with technical skills to apply their conceptual knowledge of population dynamics to the analysis of socio-economic and demographic data, for the purposes of social policy development, and emphasises skill development in collaborative learning and professional communication.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Applied Human Geography; Geographical and Spatial Science; Social and Environmental Sustainability major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) recall the fundamental processes that shape population change across space and time; (2) relate conceptual knowledge of population geography to real-world circumstances through creative collaboration and presentation; (3) evaluate the causes and implications of major social policy issues associated with population change and diversity; (4) develop evidence-based assessments of localised population geographies through analysis of socio-spatial population data; and (5) demonstrate professionalism in communication skills for a policy audience.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case study; (2) report; and (3) mid-semester exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Sarah Prout Quicke
Unit rules
24 points
Advisable prior study
GEOG1101 Human Inequality in the Anthropocene (ID 8266)
Contact hours
1-2 hours online lectures
2-3 hours labs/workshops per week



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