Demography and Population Economics

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Demography and Population Economics

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Economics, Women's and Gender Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    The module introduces students to demography and population economics by providing a theoretical overview of population and labour supply, migration and urbanisation and gender and development.

    The student will be able to:

    • discuss the relation between demography and population in development economics;
    • describe the concept of demographic transition in relation to the developing world;
    • relate and discuss gender as a significant variable in the development equation of developing economies;
    • describe how world population has been changing and is expected to change;
    • outline and interpret the idea of a demographic transition;
    • describe the bearing of population change on per capita economic growth;
    • describe the concept of internal migration and relationship to urbanisation;
    • analyse gender issues relating to the contemporary development debate;
    • describe the processes entailed in costing of inputs and valuing the outputs.


    • Demographics.
    • The development equation.
    • Demographic transition.
    • Population, population change and labour supply.
    • Migration and urbanisation.
    • Gender and development.
    • Costing inputs and valuing outputs.

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