Course: Fundamentals of Demography

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Course title Fundamentals of Demography
Course code KGG/ZDG
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šerý Miloslav, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
The subject is dedicated to the fundamentals of demograpy as a field of science. The subject and object of study of the discipline are introduced, followed by a description of the historical development of demography. Students will get acquainted with a comprehensive set of knowledge covering the following topics: relevant methods of demographic research, types of demographic data and their usability, population dynamics (natality, fertility, mortality, migration) and basic methods of its assessment, the basics of population projections.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Projection (static, dynamic)
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 30 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 10 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 10 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Understanding of demographical context of geographical prosesses, extraction, elaboration and analysis of demographical data.
Recall basic terms and concepts used demography.
Knowledge within the scope of compulsory subjects that precede this subject in the study plan.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Oral exam, Written exam

Tutorial credit: regular attendance at the tutorial, active approach in the class, correct elaboration of all assignments, review of a scientific demographic paper. Examination: passing a written test.
Recommended literature
  • Koschin, F. (2005). Demografie poprvé. Praha: VŠE.
  • Pavlík, Z., Rychtaříková, J., Šubrtová, A. (1986). Základy demografie. Praha.
  • Poston, D. L., Jr., Bouvier, L. F. (2010). Population and society : an introduction to demography. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Roubíček, V. (2002). Základní problémy obecné a ekonomické demografie. Praha: VŠE.
  • Rowland, D. T. (2003). Demographic methods and concepts. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Vystoupil, J. (2005). Demografie - distanční studijní opora. Brno: Masarykova univerzita.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Environmental studies and sustainable development (1) Geography courses 3 Summer
Faculty of Science Geography (1) Geography courses - Summer
Faculty of Science Regional Geography (2015) Geography courses 3 Winter