Contemporary Population Issues

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2018/19
Vakcode GEMPST23
Vaknaam Contemporary Population Issues
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
Rooster GEMPST23

Uitgebreide vaknaam Contemporary Population Issues
Leerdoelen After completing the course, students are able to
1. identify contemporary population issues in Europe and worldwide;
2. critically asses the relevance and implications of a population issue for a specific country;
3. identify the main types of population policies and how they vary across space and time;
4. critically reflect on the science-policy interface and its role in the development of population policies;
5. debate contemporary population issues in a panel discussion;
6. create a policy brief to effectively and efficiently communicate research findings to policy makers and other stakeholders;
7. oversee the labour market options within the field.
Omschrijving The aim of the course is to develop students’ understanding of contemporary population issues in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond, and how population policies and interventions are developed and implemented to address these issues. The course consists of seminars, group work and guest lectures given by experts working on population-related issues in government, international organisations and NGOs. Reference is made throughout the course to possible career pathways for demographers, including a customised career training session. Besides the discussion of contemporary population issues, the course also introduces students to the types of population policies that are formulated by governments to shape the size and structure of populations. Examples of population issues and policies that will be discussed during the course include population growth and family planning, reproductive health, international migration and refugees, low fertility and rural population decline, and population ageing. The course will also look at the science-policy interface, which encapsulates the many ways in which researchers, policy makers, NGOs and other stakeholders link up to communicate, exchange ideas, and jointly develop knowledge for enriching policy and decision-making processes and research. Case studies will be used to explore how the science-policy interface works (or does not work) in daily practice. Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of creative research communication, and the ways in which science communication can strengthen the interface.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have an understanding of contemporary population issues as well as the main aims and objectives of population policies. They are also aware of the forms of research communication that tend to be effective for knowledge exchange and evidence-based policy.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Independent study, Lectures, Seminars
Toetsvorm Group assignments, Individual assignments, Oral presentation
Vaksoort master
Coördinator B. de Haas, PhD.
Docent(en) B. de Haas, PhD. , Guest lecturers ,dr. T.C. Vogt
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
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Opmerkingen Maximum number of students is 40.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Cultural Geography  (Optional courses Cultural Geography) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Economic Geography  (Optional courses Economic Geography) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Optional courses EIP) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Population Studies  (Basic programme Pop Studies) 1 semester II a verplicht
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Socio-spatial Planning  (Optional courses Socio-spatial Planning) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester II a keuze