Population, Migrations and Development - C.L. in Global Humanities (Lettere) - C. Giudici

The course on Population, Migration and Development (Global Humanities) will start on March the 1st at 11:00 - Room 1 (Aula Magna), Faculty "Lettere e Filosofia", Campus (Città Universitaria), with the following schedule:

Tuesday h11:00-13:00 Room 1, Faculty "Lettere e Filosofia", Campus;

Friday h 11:00-13:00 Room 2, Faculty "Lettere e Filosofia", Campus.

Aim of the course

This course provides a broad overview of population and migration analysis in the context of human development. It is both globally and comparatively oriented and will give students the opportunity to become versed in migration processes and population problems that are being discussed on the national and international scale. The course is also designed to make students self-sufficient in understanding and taking part in the population and migration policies debate.

The course will provide students with the fundamental knowledge and methodological tools in the demographical and socio-political analysis of population and migration processes. At the end of the course students will be able to describe and explain basic demographic concepts and measures, to discuss demographic processes (mortality, fertility, migration) and their recent trends. To know and critically discuss the 21st century main population challenges and related policies. Students will also have improved skills in presenting and discussing population topics.


1. Introduction to the demographic history of world population.

2. Sources of data in population studies

3. Introduction to the theories on population and development

4. Demographic transition(s)

5. Trends in demographic structures of the world population

6. Mortality, health and development

7. Fertility, determinants and patterns

8. Migration, theories and trends

9. Population and development policies

10. Global population futures


Essential readings:

Sarah Harper, Demography: a very short introduction, Oxford University Press 2018

W.T.S. Gould, Population and Development, Routledge 2nd Edition, 2015

Other readings

Learning material provided by the teacher

Barbara A. Anderson, World Population Dynamics: An Introduction to Demography, Pearson 2015


Students need to prepare a short essay (max 3000 words) on a chosen topic related to the course, individually or in groups.

The short essay should be submitted via the e.learning platform and discussed during the course  (10/30 points).

Non attending students should submit via e.learning platform and the essay can be discussed during the oral exam.

Exams will be written and oral. 

Written exams will consist in simple exercises on population structure and dynamics  (10/30 points) and multiple-choice/open questions (10/30)

The oral exam is optional for students who have received a grade of at least 24/30.

At oral exam, students will be requested to answer questions based on the manual and the materials provided by the teacher and to present their short essay.

Exam dates

June 6th 2022

July 6th 2022

July 20 2022

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