DEM2100EN - Intro to Demography

Course description

An introductory course to demography as discipline. It examines the meaning and origin of demography, fundamental concepts and models used in demographic and population studies. This course emphasizes a missional perspective to understanding and utilizing demographic knowledge and expertise.

How this course benefits students

The course equips students with knowledge regarding the importance of understanding the characteristics of human populations and their potential impact on human endeavours.

Why this course is important

Missional leaders need to have a good understanding of their populations being served in order to design spiritually appropriate solutions to meet the needs of such populations.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Demographic Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Nicholas Cofie, Professor of Global Health

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Missional demographers need to utilize this knowledge to assess population on the mission field and provide spiritual assistance as needed.

Missionally driven

Students are encouraged to describe the demographic characteristics of the people being served in an effort to provide recommendations that would benefit them physically and spiritually.

Contextually informed

A basic knowledge of population characteristics /demography is essential in any organization.

Interculturally focused

An understanding of demography as a discipline will help missional leaders serve diverse cultures and races better.

Practically minded

Students are able to understand the demographic structure of the population they serve and how the knowledge of such populations can impact the missional activities of missional leaders.

Experientially transformed

The course introduces students to the diversity of the human population and they are encouraged to identify and describe the demographic characteristics of their community.