Population Studies

Learn about Population Studies through the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis at Waikato and gain a solid, research-led understanding of the population issues facing developed and developing countries, with a particular emphasis on the South Pacific.

The National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) is a research institute based in the University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It is New Zealand's sole national institute of demographic and population-focused research, and the only such unit to generate and coordinate New Zealand research in population studies.

Population problems are among the most serious challenges we face for the 21st Century. Population issues have implications for the environment, employment, families, health, urbanisation, migration, security in old age and refugee movements. It is vital that research develops integrated approaches to these issues, and policy makers and planners pay serious attention to population trends, their causes and effects.

At Waikato, our Population Studies programme takes a particular look at trends in New Zealand and the broader South Pacific region. You will learn about, and be involved in, research into Māori demography, population health, family structures and formation, fertility, the labour force and employment relating to New Zealand, as well as work on India, Africa, Europe, the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific. You will become familiar with themes such as mortality, social policy, fertility, migration, families and households, labour force and income, and will understand the contrasting population problems faced by developed and developing countries.

The institute's researchers are internationally and locally recognised. Your study will provide unique insights into how population studies research is being used to shape New Zealand's future, an understanding you can carry with you into careers in the health, finance, environmental and social science sectors.

 Career opportunities

  • Health Sector Analyst
  • Merchant Banker
  • Policy Analyst
  • Social Sciences Researcher

100 level

Old Worlds - New WorldsARTSC11015.0 Points
Social Science Theory and ActionARTSC11115.0 Points
People and PlaceGEOGY10115.0 Points
Introduction to SociologySOCIO10115.0 Points
Introduction to Social PolicySOCPY10015.0 Points

200 level

Economic Growth and WellbeingECONS20215.0 Points
Cartography and Spatial AnalysisENVPL20215.0 Points
Health, People, PlaceGEOGY20915.0 Points
Maori Lands and CommunitiesGEOGY21915.0 Points
Population StudiesPOPST20115.0 Points
Understanding Psychological ResearchPSYCH21115.0 Points
Social Policy and Social IssuesSOCPY20015.0 Points
Social Policy, Families and ChildrenSOCPY20115.0 Points

300 level

Economics of Human Resources and Public PolicyECON31320.0 Points
Work PlacementFASS39620.0 Points
Research in Geography and Environmental PlanningGEOG30120.0 Points
Gender, Place and CultureGEOG30920.0 Points
Geographic Information SystemsGEOG32820.0 Points
Exploring Population ChangePOPS30220.0 Points
Special Topic: Population EconomicsPOPS36020.0 Points
Directed StudyPOPS38910.0 Points
Directed StudyPOPS39020.0 Points
Social PolicySOCP30220.0 Points
Health, Wellbeing and PolicySOCP30420.0 Points
Contemporary Social Theory: A Praxis ApproachSOCY30120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(PopSt) and GradDip(PopSt)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Population Studies at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Population Studies is available as a major for the BSocSc. Population Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Population Studies, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Population Studies, comprising POPS201, SSRP202, POPS302, 20 points from ECON202, GEOG228, LBST202, SOCP206 or SOCY222, 20 points from ECON313 or ECON339, GEOG301, GEOG328 or POPS390, and 20 further points at 300 level. It is recommended that students intending to major in Population Studies include two of ECON100, GEOG101 or SOCP102 in the first year of their programme of study.

To complete a supporting subject in Population Studies, students must include POPS201 and one of GEOG101, SOCP102 or SOCY101.


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