Minor Population Studies

Naam Minor Population Studies
Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Omschrijving Offered by: Department of Demography, Faculty of Spatial Sciences

Coordinators: dr. Sanne Visser, Billie de Haas MSc

Population issues are crucial to societies all over the world. Almost every day media report on population-related issues such as population aging, population decline and growth, migration, and their consequences for society in terms of the labor and housing market, pensions, health care provision, the integration of immigrants, and the well-being of individuals. Changes in household formation and dissolution (leaving the parental home, marriage, divorce) are important to individual well-being and the demand for housing. Worldwide, population growth and its sustainability are big issues; migration flows have a profound impact on societies and the multi-cultural identities of individuals; the HIV epidemic has severe consequences for the population structure in Africa and survival strategies of families; increasing obesity has a severe impact on population health.

Aim of the program
The Minor Population Studies is an English-taught minor that aims to provide students with academic insight into this wide spectrum of population issues. The focus of the Minor is on recent demographic trends, the causes and consequences of these trends, and the context in which they take place. The main disciplinary background of the Minor Population Studies is social demography, but insights are also obtained from human geography & planning, sociology, economics, anthropology, public health, gerontology and epidemiology.

Upon completion, students know about recent demographic trends and processes, their socio-cultural background, the role of social and institutional change, and the consequences of the trends on the development of society, ranging from the Netherlands, Europe, to societies worldwide. They also know about important theoretical underpinnings (e.g. the first and second demographic transition, the epidemiological and nutrition transition, the life course perspective), and methodological issues.

For whom?
The minor is open to every third year student and to international students interested in population issues, demography, and population geography. The minor is closely linked to a number of other disciplines, and are therefore of interest to students from Sociology; Epidemiology; Psychology; Planning; Human Geography; Public Health; Medical Sciences; Cultural Anthropology; International Relationships; and Gerontology.

Students who would like to enter the Master programme in Population Studies at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences are encouraged to follow the Minor Population Studies.

Course programme Minor Population Studies

- Population and Development, 5 ECTS, Semester 1b

- Healthy Ageing: A socio-demographic perspective, 5 ECTS, Semester 1b

- Global Development Studies (recommended course), 5 ECTS, Semester 1b

The courses of the Minor Population Studies are usually very well evaluated and students find it very interesting to gain insight into global and local population issues.

The course ‘Population and Development’ addresses recent demographic trends, their socio-cultural background and the consequences for societies worldwide. ‘Healthy Ageing: A socio-demographic perspective’ goes more in depth into the demographic processes of ageing and its relation to health, taking an interdisciplinary and societal perspective.

The minor is taught in English. The teaching methods not only include lectures, but also video, film, posters and other visual media. Students following the Minor Population Studies are welcome to attend the PRC seminars (meetings in which staff and PhD students of the Population Research Centre, and invited experts present their research).

Students interested in Population Studies may also choose to select some of the courses that are provided as part of the Minor Population Studies in combination with a related course, to construct a Personal Minor Population Studies (after consultation with the minor coordinator).
Duur (in jaren) 1
Niveau(s) universitaire minor , facultaire minor
Voertaal Engels

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