GEOG4001 Population, Migration and Development

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit examines the fundamental relationship between human population dynamics and development. It focuses in particular on the implications of rapid global population growth, and the patterns and processes of human migration. 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 and temporary labour migration in the global south. The unit also examines the threats and opportunities faced by mobile and nomadic peoples.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reading assessments; (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
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 blockā€”all on the same day)
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