GI417      Half Unit
Gender, Population, and Policy

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Wendy Sigle COL5.01I


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, Community and Development, MSc in Health, Population and Society, MSc in Inequalities and Social Science, MSc in Population and Development, MSc in Social Policy (European and Comparative Social Policy), MSc in Social Policy (Social Policy and Planning) and MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Students on the MSc in Gender Policy and Inequalities degree must take either GI414 OR GI417

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,  gender theory has had relatively limited impact on the development and direction of demographic research. 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. 3 hours of workshops in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be asked to produce 1- 2 rapporteur reports or peer reviews summarising and reflecting on the learning outcomes in the workshop.  These should be uploaded to Moodle within a week of the session.  In addition, students are asked to produce a 1,500 word essay which should include a self-assessment form attached as a coversheet.  The deadline for this essay is the first week of LT.

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


Essay (100%, 4000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2014/15: 12

Average class size 2014/15: 13

Controlled access 2014/15: No

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

Course survey results

(2012/13 - 2013/14 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 100%



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