Demographic issues and challenges in the 21st century

lsped1214  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Demographic issues and challenges in the 21st century
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Bocquier Philippe; Schnor Christine;
Main themes
Each year, this course is structured around the study of eight to ten topics relating to major issues in contemporary Sociodemographics. These issues relate as much to socio-demographic developments and progress in health, as to their causes and economic, social, political and environmental consequences.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 This course aims to give 2nd and 3rd year students on any Bachelor's degree programme a broad overview of the major socio-demographic challenges, which various Northern and Southern regions of the world will face in the 21st century. It also aims to teach students to take a certain critical distance from various commonly held prejudices and presuppositions.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Among the topics covered:
- Social demography: its place in the social sciences and in the great societal debates.
- The population of the planet and the diversity of population dynamics in the world.
- The aging of the world: trends, causes and consequences.
- Accelerated urbanization of Southern countries.
- Causes and consequences of international migration.
- Health, social and sexual inequalities.
- Geography and demography of AIDS and other communicable diseases.
- Households, families and societies.
- Population policies.
Teaching methods
- Ex-cathedra with interactive elements
- A group exercise will be organised mid-november
- The material is put on Moodle after the lecture
- A list of exam questions will be distributed on November 15th
Evaluation methods
Assessment: 85% exam, 10% exercise (compulsory work to be done before November 28th), 5% participation in the session of December 6th.
Other information
Course entry requirements: This course does not require any specific statistical or demographic training.
Online resources
Materials : provision of references, presentations and other course materials on MoodleUCL.
Bibliographie mise à disposition à chaque séance en fonction du thème abordée. Un syllabus est disponible à la DUC (version imprimée) et Moodle (version digitale).
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Additionnal module in Geography

Minor in Political Sciences

Minor in Population and Development Studies