Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview

This unit develops and applies key concepts in population geography and planning. It introduces students to the fundamental components of population change and their role in shaping contemporary Australian society. It also examines key policy debates about population growth, distribution, structure and composition in Australia, providing students with the conceptual and analytical tools to explain, critically engage with, and advance, these complex debates.
The unit 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 planning. It also emphasises skill development in collaborative learning and professional communication.
6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Human Geography and Planning major sequence
  • 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 policy implications of major social planning 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 assessment; (2) report; and (3) quizzes. 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)
Dr Sarah Prout Quicke
Unit rules
Either GEOG1103 Urbanisation and Sustainability
GEOG1106 Climate Change Environment and Society
GEOG1104 Disasters!; or approval of the Unit Coordinator.
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week



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