Demography [2nd group]

General Information
2nd group
dr Anna Cichecka
Number of Hours: 
Tuesday 11:30 - 13:00
Preliminary requirements: 

No special requirements, except for general knowledge related to social life as gained through experience and pre-university education. Additionally: ability to work in group and knowledge of political and economic demography (e.g. world population distribution).

Course Description: 
  1. Introduction to the course (basis definitions, course overview, presentation of teaching methods, conditions to pass the course,  
  2. Overview of necessary sources (from local to global statistics, research institutions). How to use and analyze the data? 
  3. Fertility, contraception and birth control 
  4. Mortality in the world 
  5. Migration: internal and international  
  6. Demographic structure: age, sex 
  7. Population trends, global distribution and processes  
  8. Cultural aspect of demography 
  9. Population policies around the world
Aims of the course: 

Student should understand key global challenges that influence topics related to demography: various aspects of globalization, selected aspects of political and economic geography like: distribution of people around the world, aspects of resource distribution, cultural differences, global migration trends etc. (S)he should be able to describe correlations between income and fertility, education, professional career, mobility.

Teaching methods: 

-       lecture (using multimedia),  

-       group discussion with data and text analysis

-       case study analysis  

-       group work  

- individual work (essay, about 2000 words)  

Evaluation & Completion: 

Individual: attendance, activity during class, individual essay / report Group: group work, group presentation

Course participation (30% of the grade),  

Activity during seminar (30%) – including group work  Individual essay (40%).  

To pass, student must collect enough points to get passing grade (2 points per attendance, 2 points per activity per attendance, 40 points max. for the essay). Passing grade starts from 50+ points

Basic Literature: 
  1. Poston Dudley L., Bouvier Leon F., Population and society: an introduction to demography, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge [etc.] 2017. 
  2. United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2017). World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision, Key Findings and Advance Tables. ESA/P/WP/248. 
  3. United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2015). World Urbanization Prospects: The 2014 Revision, (ST/ESA/SER.A/366). 
  4. Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2017, available at: 
  5. Eurostat, Population (Demography, Migration And Projections), available at:  
Introductory Reading: 
  2. The World Development Report 2018 (WDR 2018)—LEARNING to Realize Education’s Promise, available at:   
  3. Knowledge Database Demography, available at:  
  4. International Organization of Migration (IOM) website with data and materials:  
  5. The New Your Times Reto Report, The Population Bomb? Available online: