GEPL322 Cradle to Grave: Population Geography

Updated: 18 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 12cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEPL222
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Neil Argent (
Unit Description

An understanding of how human populations change is basic to most social scientific research. This unit provides an introduction to the various components of population change - fertility, mortality and migration - through case studies drawn from contemporary Australia. A number of themes are explored: the concept of 'carrying capacity'; the question of an ecologically sustainable population; the relationship between socio-economic change and migration; and the use of demographic data as a planning tool.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the interrelationship between human population and the physical environment with an ability to articulate this to others;
  2. critically evaluate the components of population change and its related concepts;
  3. determine how population dynamics impact on Australian society from a planning and policy perspective; and
  4. demonstrate proficiency in foundation level demographic techniques with the ability to apply these to solve diverse problems.