The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
- "Awareness-raising" of the demographic issue, through a quick tour of the history of the world population.
- Definitions, basic concepts, brief history of the discipline.
- The components of population dynamics and the fundamental demographic equation.
- Basic indicators: population growth rate, crude birth rate, crude death rate, migration rate.
- Demographic changes : demographic transition, second demographic transition, demographic prospects until 2100.
- Main sources of demographic data: censuses, civil status, registers, surveys.
- The dimensions of time, a key variable in demographic analysis, and the Lexis diagram, a fundamental tool in demographic analysis.
- Population size and structure : age pyramid and indicators.
- Interactions between movement and population structure.
- Mortality study: mortality table, mortality trends and spatial and social differences, causes of death.
- Fertility study: fertility rates, fertility trends and spatial and social differences, proximate determinants of fertility.
- Theoretical elements on demographic changes.
Lectures, and use of the Moodle platform for exercises.
First session (January)
Written exam in session, including for example exercises, graph interpretation, calculation and interpretation of demographic indicators, commentary on demographic developments using the theoretical elements and examples discussed during the course. The examination also requires a good command of demographic vocabulary, key concepts and data sources.
A test is organised on Moodle during the quadrimester. Students who pass the test (>=10/20) have a bonus between 0 and 1 point which is added to the grade of the January written exam. The bonus is calculated as follows (TEST RESULT-10)/10.
Second session (September)
Written exam in session, similar to the January exam. Any bonuses obtained in the first quarter by the tests on Moodle are not valid for the second session. A test is organised on Moodle during the second quarter. Students who pass the test (>=10/20) have a bonus between 0 and 1 point which is added to the grade of the January written exam. The bonus is calculated as follows (NOTE TEST-10)/10.
Course materials available on Moodle
- Powerpoint slides
- Interactive exercises
- Some explanatory and illustrative videos
- Diapositives powerpoint
- Exercices sur Moodle
- Vidéos d'explication et d'illustration
Rollet, C. (2015). Introduction à la démographie, Armand Colin, Paris.
Meslé F., Toulemon L., Véron J. (2011). Dictionnaire de démographie et des sciences de la population, Armand Colin, Paris.