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Course 2022-2023 a.y.

20615 - POPULATION DYNAMICS AND POLICIES

PPA
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 24

PPA (6 credits - II sem. - OB  |  SPS/07)

Classes: 24 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 24: CHIARA SERRA


Class-group lessons delivered  on campus

Suggested background knowledge

There are no specific prerequisites for this course, albeit we assume familiarity with formal modelling and the interpretation of statistical analyses, as well as with basic tools in policy evaluation (as from the Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis course of the PPA MSc). 


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

Population change is one of the great mega-trends of our era. Low fertility and population ageing have emerged in developed countries, while high fertility and fast population growth, largely intertwined with poverty, continue to affect population dynamics and economic development in low-income countries. Health threats are widespread, and the COVID-19 pandemics has exposed the vulnerability of middle- and high-income countries. Migration connects the South to the North of the world both between and within in important ways. These demographic developments call for policy responses and affect politics and the way policies are formulated.

CONTENT SUMMARY

This course aims to provide students with key tools to understand population dynamics, key evidence on population change and its interaction with policies, through the standard toolkit of demography. The course is divided into two parts. In the first part, we will introduce the basics of demographic methods, and discuss macro-level population change and its interaction with policies. In the second part, we will discuss the role of policies (and related factors) in shaping family and fertility, health, and migration, as well as micro-level empirical approaches and results. 


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Be familiar with evidence on past and current population change in a comparative perspective.  

  • Have an understanding of the interaction between the components of population change and policies  

  • Be familiar with demographic approaches to the study of survival and health, family and fertility, and migration.  

  • Be familiar with demographic scenarios. 

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Read, discuss and criticize population-related policy reports. 

  • Read, discuss and criticize population-related intermediate-level scientific articles. 

  • Access official population data. 

  • Produce a policy report on population issues.


Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  •   x x
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  •   x  
    ATTENDING STUDENTS

    The final grade will be based on a population report and a second partial exam.

    Weights: 60% for the highest mark and 40% for the lowest.

    • Population report: detailed instructions for the report will be provided separately.
    • Second partial exam: it will include essay-style questions and it will cover all the topics of the second part of the course. Material covered in the lectures, in the textbook and other set readings may be included in the exam.
    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Readings: Lecture slides from blackboard, book, and papers in the detailed syllabus

    Last change 23/01/2023 16:09