Subject: Geography
Credit units: 3
Offered: Term 1 only
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: Geography and Planning


This course introduces the students to processes of growth, decline and distribution of populations and households. We will open with discussion on the prehistoric and historic demography of human populations, from migration waves out of Africa into Eurasia during the Paleolithic, to peopling of the Americas during the Mesolithic and the early Neolithic Decline, growth and distribution of human populations in Antiquity, the Middle-Ages, and the processes of urbanization, population growth and redistribution through early modernity will be reviewed. The first half of the term will close with discussion on the pioneers of modern demography and their work, namely, Thomas Malthus’ “Essay on the Principle of Population,” and Frank Notestein’s demographic transition theory. The second half of the term introduces modern demographic data and their sources, focusing on fertility, mortality, and migration. The term closes with the outline of population projection methodology, applied to the latest available Canadian census data.

Prerequisite(s): 24 credit units in Social Sciences or in Health disciplines, including STAT 244 or equivalent, and at least 3 credit units of 200-level ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, PLAN, SOC; or permission of the instructor.
Note: Students with credit for PLAN 342 can take GEOG 348 only with permission of the instructor.

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