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Social problems



12:30 – 14:20


2nd semester

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  • Demographic changes can have far-reaching impacts on our society, economy and environment. In this course, we will study current demographic trends and the consequential challenges facing societies today. Through a comprehensive examination of population patterns, including topics pertinent to demographic changes in Hong Kong such as longer life expectancies, persistent low fertility levels and immigration, we will map the intricate linkages between demographic shifts and the socioeconomic challenges manifesting at local, national, and global levels. Participants will delve into essential concepts, theories, and analytical techniques of social demography, gaining insights into how population structures change and the far-reaching consequences for individuals, families, and societies.

    1. Engage with the key debates on demographic issues and their social problems.

    2. Demonstrate ability to critically analyse theories of population change and demographic dynamics.

    3. Show capacity to critically apply theories and concepts of fertility, mortality, migration and newer demographic topics.

    4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of key methodological approaches to measure population dynamics.

  • Tasks






    Demographic Project


  • We will use chapters from the following books. All key readings and recommended materials will be uploaded on Moodle.

    John R. Weeks. Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues. 13th Edition. Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 978-0357360576

    K. Bruce Newbold, Population Geography: Tools and Issues. 4th Edition Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-1538140772

    Jennifer D. Sciubba, 8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape Our World. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN-13: 978-1324002703


Prof Guy Abel
Course co-ordinator and teachers
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