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Population Studies and Demography

Population issues are among the most serious challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. Population Studies and Demography at Waikato addresses contrasting issues among developed and developing countries, how governments are handling slowing population growth, and how others are dealing with legal and illegal migration and skill shortages. You'll explore how such issues impact on a country's environmental, economic and social patterns.

Please note: Populations Studies and Demography was previously known as Demography.

At Waikato we provide an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to population studies with our graduate programme in Population Studies and Demography. You'll learn about advanced, empirical analysis of population structure and trends.

You'll explore the importance of population research and the need for attention to population trends, their causes and their implications on the environment, employment, work and family, health, population distribution, urbanisation, migration patterns, old age security and refugee movements.

This subject is of relevance to students from a wide range of backgrounds, such as sociology, economics, geography, political science and public policy, and provides opportunities to engage in individual directed studies and research for a masters or higher degree on a population-related subject.

Population Studies and Demography is offered by the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), a research institute based in the School of Social Sciences. NIDEA is the only national unit in New Zealand that generates and coordinates research in population studies.

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Study Location:Hamilton
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500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
GEOGY520Human Dimensions of Environmental Change30.021B (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...
GEOGY538Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems15.021X (Block)
Automated GIS, using programming or scripts, are extremely powerful compared to the 'point and click' environment, and are the most practical method for the spatial analysis of large data sets. GIS professionals are expected have the skills to write their own scripts, as well as execute and manipulate existing scripts. In this pape...
GEOGY548Advanced Geographic Information Systems Modelling15.021X (Block)
This paper provides a close examination of contemporary GIS modelling. GIS is used for a range of applications and in this paper students gain practical experience and understanding of many of these. Students are given the opportunity to develop GIS models in their choice of application. This paper is required for the graduate spec...
GEOGY558Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning15.021A (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...
HMDEV502Diversity in Adulthood30.021A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on adult development with an emphasis on ageing, diversity, culture and social justice. Examining social and political discourses, the paper explores how the resulting messages influence the everyday experiences of people at different stages of adulthood; and the implications of these for working with diversity i...
POPST500Official Social Statistics15.021X (Hamilton)
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 Equity30.021A (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 Demography30.021A (Hamilton)
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 p...
POPST509Research Methods for Population Analysis15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (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 Study15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (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 Study30.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (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.
POPST591Dissertation30.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation on a demographic topic.
POPST592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation on a demographic or population studies topic.
POPST593Population Studies and Demography Thesis90.021X (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 Thesis120.021X (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 Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
POPST900Population Studies and Demography PhD Thesis120.021I (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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Graduate study options


Subject links

National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis


Graduate and Postgraduate Admission and Requirements

Entry to the BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc in Population Studies and Demography is open to suitably qualified graduates in any discipline who have at least one undergraduate Population Studies paper. For those students without this prerequisite, arrangements may be made for a qualifying programme.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Population Studies and Demography papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in the best three of their 300 level papers from their undergraduate major and should have a significant research methods component (normally two papers) in that degree. All intending students should discuss their programme with the Graduate Advisor.

To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Population Studies and Demography, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally POPS591), POPS507, POPS509, SSRP504, and a minimum of 15 points selected from POPS508, POSP589 or SOCP506.

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

a) a BSocSc in any discipline, have included at least one undergraduate Population Studies paper and a significant research methods component (normally 40 points) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level papers in their undergraduate major or all of their undergraduate papers in the major, or

b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Population Studies and Demography (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

Completion requirements for the MSocSc in Populations Studies and Demography vary according to admission criteria:

  • Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research methodology paper, and either a 120 point thesis, or 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.

Students should include the following core papers in their programme of study: POPS507, POPS509, SSRP504 and at least 15 points from POPS508 or SOCP506 (unless passed previously).

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialisation
Within the PGDip(Dem) a specialisation in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is available.


Contacts

School of Social Sciences
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4040
General and undergraduate email enquiries: [email protected]
Graduate and postgraduate email enquiries: [email protected]