Population and Security (CISS6008)


This unit considers the importance of demographic factors in international security. It attempts to provide answers to the complex questions regarding how population changes affect security concerns. In particular it examines how population dynamics and characteristics such as growth rates, fertility, mortality, age and ethnic structure might be linked to national and international security. Among topics covered will be key global population trends, differing world population transitions, the significance of resource scarcity and environmental degradation, the role of natural disasters, and the significance of ethnic and religious divisions. Case studies will be presented with respect to how demographics may contribute to undermining the viability of modern states and the importance of population to security considerations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Further unit of study information


1x3hr seminar/week


1x900wd Demographic security review (20%), 1x1350wd Briefing paper (30%), 1x1800wd Seminar paper (40%), 1x450wd equivalent Oral Presentation (10%),

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