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

The course Population, Migration and Development (Global Humanities) is held on second semester

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 population issues and migration processes 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 the 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


Text book: Rowland, D. T. Demographic methods and concepts. OUP Oxford. First published 2003, reprinted with corrections, 2014

Reading book: Livi Bacci, M. A concise history of world population. John Wiley & Sons, 2017

Supplementary learning material will be provided by the teacher during the course


COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE of at least 90% of the course is required.

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).

Exams will be written and oral. 

Written exams will consist of 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 discuss their short essay during the course.

At the oral exam, students will be asked to answer questions based on the manual and the materials provided by the teacher.

Exam dates

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