Population Studies and Demography (2018)

Population Studies cover a broad range of subjects including health, economics, geography and demography. It concerns the study of populations across such themes as ageing, social policy, fertility, mortality, migration, families and households, health equity, labour force and income and ethnicity. Within this broad group, demography is specifically concerned with the advanced, empirical analysis of population structure and trends. An important element is the application to social, economic environment and other areas of policy formulation and monitoring.

Entry to the BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc in Population Studies and Demography is open to suitably qualified graduates in any discipline who have at least one undergraduate Population Studies paper. For those students without this prerequisite, arrangements may be made for a qualifying programme. To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Population Studies and Demography papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in the best three of their 300 level papers from their undergraduate major and should have a significant research methods component (normally two papers) in that degree. All intending students should discuss their programme with the Graduate Advisor.


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  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(PopStud&Dem), PGDip(PopStud&Dem), BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc

    To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Population Studies and Demography, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally POPS591), POPS507, POPS509, SSRP504, and a minimum of 15 points selected from POPS508, POSP589 or SOCP506.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MSocSc in Population Studies and Demography, a student should have completed either:

    a) a BSocSc in any discipline, have included at least one undergraduate Population Studies paper and a significant research methods component (normally 40 points) and have gained at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level papers in their undergraduate major or all of their undergraduate papers in the major, or

    b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Population Studies and Demography (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average across all 500 level papers.

    Completion requirements for the MSocSc in Populations Studies and Demography vary according to admission criteria.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    GEOG520Human Dimensions of Environmental Change18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the increasing risks imposed on human communities by global environmental change such as global warming and the occurrence of so-called natural disasters. The paper establishes a platform for the critical analysis of these processes by introducing students to important theoretical developments including the role...
    GEOG538Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems18A (Hamilton)
    Automated techniques are the most practical method for the spatial analysis of large data sets. In this paper, students are introduced to program scripts for automated GIS analysis, which is extremely powerful compared to the 'point and click' environment, and is an area of expertise expected of GIS experts. An important part of th...
    GEOG548Advanced Geographic Information Systems Modelling18B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides a close examination of contemporary GIS modelling. GIS is used for a range of applications and in this paper students gain practical experience and understanding of many of these. Students are given the opportunity to develop GIS models in their choice of application.
    GEOG558Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    This paper is designed as an introduction to GIS for graduate students. Students learn about the use of GIS for spatial analysis and cartographic visualisation. Students gain 'hand on' experience with GIS laboratory exercises and undertake a graduate-level GIS project in an application of their choice.
    GEOG568Applications of Geographic Information Systems18A (Hamilton)
    Students work with three application areas: mobile GIS, point data analysis working towards location-based services and the analysis of areal data (such as satellite imagery or population data from Census sources) and their representation.
    HDCO501Ageing and SocietyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    POPS507Critical Demography18A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to critical demography as a field that marries social science theory with quantitative and qualitative methods to understand demographic phenomena. Lectures and in-class discussion will focus on weekly readings drawn from Aotearoa/NZ and internationally. Study topics include population categories and ...
    POPS508Population Health and Equity18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores population health within particular communities, emphasising the broader determinants of population health and social equity. It introduces students to aspects of epidemiology, considers demographic and social science perspectives, and explores the relationship between health, community and society. It examines ...
    POPS509Research Methods for Population Analysis18B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides students with hands-on experience conducting population research, working with real world data to analyse to investigate population issues. Students will gain a sound understanding of how to access, analyse and interpret data and how to communicate their findings, skills directly applicable to a range of policy,...
    POPS589Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
    POPS590Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
    POPS591Dissertation18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation on a demographic topic.
    POPS592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation on a demographic or population studies topic.
    POPS593Population Studies and Demography Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research on a demographic or population studies topic.
    POPS594Population Studies and Demography Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research on a demographic or population studies topic.
    POPST500Official Social Statistics18B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an overview of key areas of Official Statistics. Topics covered include data sources; legal and ethical framework of official statistics; introductory demography; collection and analysis of health, social and economic data; data visualisation; data matching and integration; the system of National Accounts.
    SOCP506Social Policy: Comparative Approaches18B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides a theoretical grounding and applied dimension to comparative perspectives in social policy and welfare. Students develop a critical awareness of diversity in policy.
    SSRP504The Conduct of Social Science Research: Survey Research18A (Hamilton)
    This paper has been designed to explore quantitative approaches to research with a particular focus on structured and semi-structured data collection techniques. It is intended that students gain a first hand appreciation of the practical aspects of the survey approach as well as a critical view of its appropriateness, strengths an...
  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    POPS800Population Studies and Demography MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    POPS900Population Studies and Demography PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 November 2017 4:56pm

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