Population and Development

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: GEO101
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Stephen Codrington



The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Population and Development

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Identify a range of variables relating to population and development, and describe the patterns and trends they show, both individually and collectively
  2. Develop an original composite index of development, including both theweightings of its components (with explanation) and the Christian ethics underpinning it
  3. Apply the composite index to a country, and then compare the development of that country when viewed through single- factor variables and other composite indices
  4. Critically reflect on the adequacy of indicators of population and development
  5. Compare and contrast the ways in which the demographic patterns, demographic structures and levels of economic development in a range of countries differ
  6. Analyse in detail the causes, types and patterns of migration in diverse countries
  7. Critically review the relative impacts (both positive and negative) of migration on thedemographics, economic development, and ethical responses (Christian and secular) of diverse countries. 

Subject Content

  • Population distribution
  • Economic development
  • Population and development at the national scale
  • Population change
  • Megacity growth
  • Forced migration and internal displacement
  • Policies to manage population change
  • The demographic dividend

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite
  • Online

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Posts (20%)
  • Critical Reflection (30%)
  • Major Essay (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided