Population and Development

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vaknaam Population and Development
Niveau(s) bachelor, universitaire minor, facultaire minor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Population and Development
Leerdoelen 1. Describe the ways in which population change and development are interrelated and vary across space and time
2. Explain the role of population policies in population change and development
3. Apply prevailing population and human rights perspectives and theoretical concepts in understanding the relationship between population and development
4. Work together with peers in a group on projects relating to certain aspects of population and development
5. Analyse certain aspects of population change and the relationship with development with peers or group members
Omschrijving While countries in Western-Europe are dealing with the implications of population ageing and decline for the wellbeing of its population, projections show that in the eastern part of the world India will pass China in becoming the world’s biggest population. Also, most countries have seen a reduction in fertility and mortality, as explained by the demographic transition model, but countries such as Uganda do not follow this typical pattern: they continue to have high fertility, which poses great challenges to the country’s resources and the wellbeing of its citizens. Different parts of the world are challenged by different population issues, which play a role in the countries’ development and their population wellbeing. In this course we will explore and discuss how population and development are interlinked and its implications for wellbeing. To do so, we will focus on three global contemporary population issues: sexual and reproductive health, migration and development, and human resource development. We will discuss how international and national policies are at the core of such developments, and we will pay special attention to vulnerable and marginalised groups in societies as we apply a human rights and capability perspective.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Lectures, Seminars
Toetsvorm Examination with open questions digital, Group assignments digital
(peer-review of paper and of participation in the group assignment)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. B. de Haas
Docent(en) dr. B. de Haas , Guest lecturers
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Population and Development , 2nd, Routledge. Also available as e-book. W.T.S. Gould (2015) 9781138794429 ca. €  44,00
Online: Wells, Thomas. Sen’s Capability Approach. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Access via: https://iep.utm.edu/sen-cap/ (only chapter 1-4)
Opmerkingen All students from UG can follow this course as part of the minor Population, Development and Wellbeing. The course is also open as an optional course within the minor Development Studies, see www.rug.nl/GSG/Education. In addition, this Bachelor course is open - as an optional course - for Bachelor students from disciplines related to Population Studies within UG (e.g. Sociology, Epidemiology, Psychology, Spatial Sciences, Public Health, Medical Sciences, Cultural Anthropology, International Relationships, Gerontology, and Development Studies).
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Planning  (Optional courses Human Geography & Planning) 3 semester I b keuze
BSc Human Geography & Planning  (Related elective year 2 ) 2 semester I b gebonden keuze
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Optional courses BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 3 semester I b keuze
Minor Development Studies 3 semester I b keuze
Minor Population, Development and Wellbeing  (Basic programme minor) 3 semester I b verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Population Studies) - semester I b verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Real Estate Studies) - semester I b keuzegroep