Available to second year SNPS and SHSS students as an introductory course, an elective and or through distance mode.

Elective Semester 1 -Year 1
Points 3
Available as external course

Course Number: 1.22311
Course Name: Introduction to Demography & Population Studies
Co-ordinator /Lecturers: Ms Eleina Butuna (co-ordinator), Mr Alfred Failteli, Dr.Norlie Miskaram

Course Description:

This is a foundation course for those students whishing to co-major in population studies, geography and environmental science and those whishing to learn something about the interrelationship between demography/population studies and other disciplines such as geography, environmental science, sociology, economics, mathematics, biology, and sexual and reproductive health as a field of scientific studies. In this respect population studies is a multi-disciplinary course. This course introduces students to the evolution of the study of demography, the dynamics of human population change (fertility, mortality & migration), the sources of population statistics, global population growth, levels and trends as well as considers various population theories such as the classical Malthusian theory and the population debate, the demographic transition theory & the epidemiological transition as well as population policy issues. It also discusses population composition and distributions, contemporary population growth and economic development and their implications contrasting the developed countries (DCs) and the less developed countries (LDCs). Papua New Guinea's population is rapidly changing, hence PNG's population policy and its implications to socio-economic development challenges will also be discussed. The main emphasis will be on the dynamics of human population change and their causes and consequences, at national, regional and global perspectives.

Lecture programme

Three one hour lectures, 1 two hour practical/seminar, and 1 one hour tutorial.

Expected number of candidates:

60 plus students.


Continuous assessment worth 50% - assignments (20%), practical/seminar exercises (10%), a mid-term test (20%) and final examination 50%

Proposed text:

Butuna, E., Faitel, A and Miskaram N. 2007. An Introduction to Demography and Population Studies in Papua New Guinea. UPNG Printery.

Key References:

Kammeyer, K.C.W, 1995 and Ginn L.G , An Introduction to Population

Lucas, D. & Meyer, P. 1994, Beginning in Population Studies, ANU, Canberra.

National Statistics Office 1995. People Count. NSO, Port Moresby

National Statistical Office, 1997, Papua New Guinea Demographic and Health Survey 1996
National Report, NSO. Port Moresby.

Weeks, J.R. 1999. Population: An Introduction to concepts and issues, (7th edition), Ca:
Wadsworth Publishing, Belmont (S).

Yaukey, David, 1992 . Demography,

Pre-requisites: None