Not available in 2018/19
DV458      Half Unit
Demographic Change and Development

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Tiziana Leone OLD 2.56


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

Course content

The course provides an up-to-date and comprehensive account of demographic change and population trends in lower income countries by looking at recent changes in fertility, mortality and migration. The course considers the implications of these trends and some of the key demographic issues in these countries.

Topics that are covered include:

• The impact of education on changes in mortality and fertility

• Demography and gender

• Infant, child and maternal mortality

• Urbanisation and urban growth

• Communicable diseases

• The effects of changing age structures


No previous demographic knowledge is required.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to prepare a seminar presentation and a formative essay (circa 1,500 words) during the term.

Indicative reading

The course is supported by a VLE containing electronic reading lists. There is no single key text and a detailed electronic reading list will be provided. 


Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Coursework (50%) in the ST.

Coursework assignment to be a maximum of 10 A4 pages.

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2017/18: Unavailable

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Value: Half Unit

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