GEPL521 Population, Health and Environment

Updated: 18 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEPL321 or GEPL421
Notes None
Combined Units GEPL321 - Population, Health and Environment
Coordinator(s) Sonya Glavac (
Unit Description

This unit explores the myriad causes and policy implications of current trends and processes in the three key drivers of population change: fertility; mortality; and migration. It provides an in-depth and critical examination of the major contemporary population issues confronting Australia, including future population growth and its implications for the social, economic and natural environments, the changing size and function of the family, the relationship between place and population health, and the dilemmas posed to national migration policies and programmes by heightened international and domestic population mobility. In addition, students will develop a range of practical skills and techniques in population geography analysis.

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 and critically appraise the public policy implications of contemporary demographic trends within Australia;
  2. critically evaluate and interpret major demographic trends using appropriate theoretical frameworks and practical measures;
  3. independently analyse and interpret major Australian population issues within an international context;
  4. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the relationship between demographic variables, place and population health; and
  5. independently conduct a population-related research project, modelling skills that contribute to life-long application in a career.