Population Studies (2020)

Population Studies is concerned with the empirical analysis of population structure and trends. The undergraduate programme complements and supports other subjects in the university that are concerned with population by providing training in core concepts, methods and issues.

Population Studies is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Population Studies may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Population Studies as a single major for the BA or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Population Studies, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include 30 points from the 100 level papers listed, POPST201, and at least 30 points from POPST coded papers at 300 level.

To complete Population Studies as part of a double major for the BA, BSocSc or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Population Studies, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include POPST201, and at least 30 points from POPST coded papers at 300 level.

To complete a minor in Population Studies, students must complete at least 60 points from the papers listed for Population Studies, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete POPST201, and at least one POPST coded 300 level paper.

Enquiries about undergraduate programmes in Population Studies should be directed to the undergraduate advisor.

Note: Students are encouraged to contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office for programme advice.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(PopSt) and GradDip(PopSt)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Population Studies at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    GEOGY101Sustainable Geographies15.020B (Hamilton), 20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
    An introduction to the rich field of social and cultural geography with links to the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals. A foundation paper for second year papers on contemporary cultural geographies, health geographies, and Maori geographies.
    SOCIO101Introduction to Sociology15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper prepares students for further study in a range of social science subjects. It introduces the main sociological theories, concepts and practices that enable an understanding of contemporary societies.
    SOCPY100Introduction to Social Policy15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper examines the values behind social policy and introduces students to some of the important issues and debates in New Zealand and other democratic societies.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    ENVPL202Cartography and Spatial Analysis15.020A (Hamilton)
    Confidence in the use of information technologies are essential for most jobs involving geography and environmental planning. Lectures and computer lab exercises involving Excel and ArcGIS provide an introduction to GIS, GPS, cartography, databases, and spatial analysis. This a compulsory paper for the Environmental Planning Degree...
    GEOGY209Health, People, Place15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper draws on critical analysis of health, people and place to introduce contemporary developments in socio-cultural geography. Attention is paid to spatial well-being at a range of scales.
    POPST201Population Studies15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of Population Studies. Students will develop a sound understanding of the demographic drivers of population change and composition, while exploring some of the rich theories and methodological approaches which comprise Population Studies.
    PSYCH211Understanding Psychological Research15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper will cover the basic methodological approaches relevant to psychological and social science research, including research design, data collection, data analysis, and the dissemination of research.
    SOCPY200Social Policy and Social Issues15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    The paper continues the study of social policy at 200 level. The focus of this paper is on the welfare state, the policy cycle as well as social problems, such as poverty.
    SOCPY201Social Policy, Families and Children15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper further develops students' theoretical understanding of social policy, while focusing specifically on policy related to families and children, providing insight into the relationships between policy and lived experience.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    GEOGY301Disasters and Development15.020B (Hamilton)
    Development has a significant influence on the way in which hazards impact on people, and the occurrence of disasters alters the scope of development. This paper identifies the value of focusing on disaster reduction and sustainable development as part of the same agenda. Addressing the importance of approaching and applying a disa...
    GEOGY309Gender, Place and Culture15.020A (Hamilton)
    This paper is a forum for debate in critical geographies of difference. Key concerns are intersections between gender, ethnicity, nationality and other social divisions in relation to place and environment.
    GEOGY328Geographical Information Systems15.020A (Hamilton), 20A (Online) & 20B (Block - Tauranga)
    GIS is used widely in a range of industries and government agencies, and graduates competent in GIS are sort after for employment. This paper is compulsory for the GIS minor and covers all aspects of GIS analysis, including remote sensing and model building. ArcGIS Pro is used in the labs and students have the opportunity to instal...
    POPST300Population Studies Work-related Project15.020X (Hamilton)
    This work-related project is mostly a university-based project with a focus on a workplace or community organisation relevant to population studies and research. Projects provide an opportunity to students utilise population studies skills and techniques and to reflect on the relevance of disciplinary knowledge in a professional se...
    POPST302Exploring Population Change15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online)
    This paper applies methods for measuring population size, composition and change, which are used extensively for understanding population issues in public policy, human resource planning, forecasting and business planning.
    POPST390Directed Study15.020A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
    Research paper with a focus on a population studies topic as agreed in discussion between the student and proposed supervisor.
    SOCPY300Social Policy15.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper provides students with experience of the ways in which policy is formulated and enacted. Theoretical perspectives are consolidated and extended to enhance opportunities for employment in the social policy field.
    SOCPY301Health, Wellbeing and Policy15.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper provides a critical introduction to key issues in the formation of health policy at both a national and international level.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    POPST900Population Studies and Demography PhD Thesis120.020I (Hamilton), 20I2 (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 3 May 2021 10:13am

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