Students evaluate methods of modelling age-specific mortality using life tables, how to interpret and critique data for users of population demographic data and evaluate stable population concepts and applications.
Students will need to have completed prior demography courses, particularly DEM 6200. Students will also be required to be able to undertake complex mathematical models and utilise required statistical packages.
The course will fully equip students with the required skills to evaluate the society in which they will or are to work, how this differs to other regions and how best to adapt missional outreach to these areas.
The course will cover advanced evaluations of fertility and reproducability and the impact of family size on availability of resources such as food and water. This will be disucssed in the context of biblical teaching, politcal and societal influences and the impact on population dynamics and momentum.
Students will be required to evaluate how shortages in food, water, housing and healthcare provision are affected by population dynamics. This will enable students to understand how demographic trends can affect populations and enable them to assess strategies to improve the provision of these requirements.
Critical evaluation of the impact of population change and dynamics will equip students with the ability to assess and formulate change. Evaluation of stable populations will also enable students to determine important influencing factors on population dynamics.
Cultual influences on population dynamics and societal and political influences will be assessed and compared to determine key impacts on society
Extending on prior knowledge students will assess and determine how local influences on population dynamics affect available resources and resource allocation.
Students will evaluate and critically appraise how changes in population dynamics influences political and societal policies drawing on the experiences in a region of their choice.