GI417      Half Unit
Gender, Population, and Policy

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Wendy Sigle-Rushton COL.5.04E


This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Health, Population and Society, MSc in Population and Development and MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

Although population change cannot be described, understood, or responded to without taking into account the wider -- and profoundly gendered -- social, political and economic context, feminism and gender theory have had relatively limited impact on the development and direction of the field. This course explores the implications both theoretically and practically. Examining the complex inter-relationship between population issues and policy, students will develop an appreciation of the potential contribution and impact that a feminist and gendered perspective has to offer. It will also explore the ways that feminists can use demographic tools and research to redress social and gender injustices.


30 hours of workshops in the MT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of workshops in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be asked to produce a 2,000 word essay (indicative of the kinds of questions they will encounter in the summative essay and exam) and to provide a self-assessment of the work that they have produced. This should be uploaded to Moodle in week 6 and will be returned by week 8.

Indicative reading

  • Connelly, M.J. (2008) Fatal Misconception : The Struggle to Control World Population Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. HB883.5 C75
  • Dyson, T. (2010) Population and Development: The Demographic Transition. London: Zed Books.
  • Guttentag, Marcia, and Paul F. Secord. (1983). Too Many Women? The Sex Ratio Question. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.
  • Kantner, John F. and Andrew Kantner. (2009). International Discord on Population and Development. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Newell, Colin. (1988). Methods and Models in Demography. New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Poston, D. (2010) Population and Society: An Introduction to Demography New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Riley, N.E. and McCarthy, J. (2003) Demography in the Age of the Postmodern. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • UNECE (Ed.) (2009) How Generations and Gender Shape Demographic Change New York and Geneva: United Nations


Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (50%, 2500 words) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2012/13: 10

Average class size 2012/13: 10

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills