Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Geography of Populations: Concepts and Theories

UM LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course




DESCRIPTION The study-unit deals with the development of human geography as an academic discipline with reference to the global distribution of populations and spatial variations in the components of demographic change over a range of scales. Migration as a vital element in population movements is also considered. Population counts, especially the techniques in census taking, as measures of enumerating human populations for socio-economic and other variables, are also included. Theories with particular reference to the Demographic Transition Models are also examined.

Study-unit Aims:

- Explain the place of human geography within the discipline;
- Integrate demographic aspects into spatial components;
- Define the concepts of the main demographic variables: births, mortality and migration rates and as they change over time;
- Evaluate the importance of the Demographic Transition Models within the whole complex of theories of population geography and with selected case-studies, with particular reference to the Mediterranean.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- describe human geographies from demographic data and evaluate the value of densely populated regions;
- identify areas where marked socio-economic variables are evident;
- comprehend the importance of the theoretical framework in the unit.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- analyze a report on census publications;
- examine critically numerical matrices presented as part of census results;
- place within the proper geographical context the demographic variables in a census.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Barcus, H.R. and Halfacree, K. (2018) An Introduction to Population Geographies: Living Across Space. Routledge, Oxford.
- Newbold, K.B. (2014) (ed) Population Geography: Tools and Issues, 2nd Edition. Rowman & Littlefield, Maryland, USA.

Supplementary Text

- Castles,S., de Hass, H. and Miller, M.J. (eds)(2013) The Age of Migration: International Population movements in the modern world, 5th Edition. The Guildford Press, New York.
- Livingstone, D.N. (1992) The Geographical Tradition.Blackwell.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S John A. Schembri


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