Home » 2017/2018 GE Model » Society and Behaviour » GESB2006 / GESB020 – SOCY215 – Understanding Population
Suggested Year of Study:2-4
Duration:1 Semester
Credit Units:3
Offering Unit:FSS

Department of Sociology

Medium of Instruction:English



Course Description

This course provides an overview of how social factors can influence population characteristics and how the characteristics of population in turn affect society. We will focus on three primary demographic processes: mortality, fertility and migration. We will learn basic concepts, theories and measurements of each process from both historical and comparative approach. We will apply these basic demographic concepts to contemporary population issues such as concerns over the persistent low, below-replacement fertility level and the aging of the population in Macao, the consequences of the internal migration on urbanization in China or other developing countries. Population literacy is therefore an important part of an individual’s knowledge to understand current social, economic and political debates. In addition, population literacy is essential for yourself as you think about planning your own life in terms of human capital investments, marriage, fertility, labor force participation, saving, migration and many related aspects. In understanding these issues, we will use the social science theories and concepts such as social stratification, social interaction, and continuity and change. We will bridge sociology, anthropology, history, political science, economics, and psychology, and will do a comparative analysis between Macao, China, and other societies.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Describe how social factors influence population characteristics.

2. Describe how demographic changes affect social development and people’s lives.

3. Compare the three primary demographic processes, including mortality, fertility and migration.

4. Apply demographic concepts and theories in the interpretation of personal experiences in dating, relationship development, family life engagement, and social capital investment.