Population Studies and Demography (2022)

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.


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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 POPST509 (or equivalent) at least 30 points in research (normally POPST591) and at least 30 points from other POPST coded 500 level papers.

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

    a) a BSocSc and have gained at least a B average in the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or

    b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Population Studies and Demography (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division), or a PGDip in Population Studies and Demography (or equivalent) with and have gained at least a B average, and

    c) have satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.

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

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including POPST509 (or equivalent) and 45 points from POPST coded papers, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    GEOGY520Human Dimensions of Environmental Change30.022B (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...
    GEOGY558Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning15.022A (Hamilton)
    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 designed as an introduction to GIS for graduate students and is co-taught with GEOGY328. It covers all aspects of GIS analysis, including remote sensing and model building. ArcGIS Pro is u...
    MAORI571Decolonising Theory and Indigenous Studies30.022B (Online)
    A seminar programme on indigenous consciousness, knowledge, values and ethics and their applications to contemporary issues such as research ethics, environmental values and cultural practices.
    PACIS500Critical Pacific Studies30.022B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an opportunity to critically engage the foundational ideas, texts, theoretical work, methods and perspectives of Pacific studies. These will be considered in the light of the history, politics, tensions, and potential of Pacific studies as a discipline.
    POLSC501Policy Analysis: Theory and Practice30.022B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the fundamentals of policy analysis, and develops skills for higher-level research in public policy. A key focus is developing critical awareness of policy processes, of the drivers of change, and of the role of both 'evidence' and public participation in policy-making, in the pursuit of inclusive ...
    POPST500Official Social Statistics15.022X (Hamilton) & 22X (Online)
    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.
    POPST501Population Health and Equity30.022A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores population health in Aotearoa/New Zealand and internationally, emphasising the broader determinants of wellbeing and equity. It introduces aspects of epidemiology, considers historical, indigenous and contemporary perspectives of health, and explores relationships between health, community and society.
    POPST507Critical Demography30.0No occurrences
    This paper introduces students to critical demography as an approach that draws on social science theories to understand key demographic phenomena. Interactive seminars will comprise a blend of structured lectures and in-class discussion focussed on weekly readings drawn from Aotearoa NZ and internationally. The first part of the paper focuses on the development of a critical population 'lens'; the second part applies this thinking to the understanding of fertility, family formation and family structure in Aotearoa NZ and other select countries. Particular attention is given to the demography of indigenous and ethnic-racial minorities.
    POPST509Research Methods for Population Analysis15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Online)
    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,...
    POPST589Directed Study15.022A (Hamilton) & 22B (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.
    POPST590Directed Study30.022A (Hamilton) & 22B (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.
    POPST591Dissertation30.022A (Hamilton) & 22B (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation on a demographic topic.
    POPST592Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation on a demographic or population studies topic.
    POPST593Population Studies and Demography Thesis90.022X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research on a demographic or population studies topic.
    POPST594Population Studies and Demography Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research on a demographic or population studies topic.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    POPST800Population Studies and Demography MPhil Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    POPST900Population Studies and Demography PhD Thesis120.022I (Hamilton), 22J (Hamilton), 22K (Hamilton) & 22X (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2022 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 22 October 2021 7:02pm

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