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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP9086623, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2422, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Economics and Management
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SECS-S/04 Demographics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: No pre-requisite
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course, the student must be able to read scientific articles on demographic issues, in particular with reference to the interconnections between demography and economy.

Moreover, the student should be able to manage the main themes of contemporary demography, as aging, migration, population chenges in developing and developed countries.

Finally, the student will be able to handle some practical exercise using macro-data on population topics.
Examination methods: The exam will be divided into a theoretical part on the topics
developed in the course, and in a practical exercise using real macro-data.
Assessment criteria: Half of the evaluation will be connected to the theoretical part, the other half to the practical exercise.
Course unit contents: The relevance of demographic change for economic and societal
dynamics cannot be ignored. Low fertility, population ageing and the new organization of family life have emerged in developed countries, while high fertility, high population growth, health threats and over-urbanization – largely intertwined with poverty – continue to affect developing countries. Migration connects the South to the North of the world in an important way, with enormous economic and politic implication.

The first part of this course provides a basic introduction to the study of population, ranging from formal and applied demographic techniques to the study of current population trends and of their interrelationships with the economy. These techniques are treated with practical examples that help students understand the main population dynamics that affect both developed and developing countries. The main data-bases will also be illustrated (Istat, Eurostat, United Nations ...) where students can find demographic macro-data and indicators.

The second part of the course, on the other hand, will have more
seminar character. Students will be offered a dossier of articles on issues of connection between population and economic grow. Among the themes of this dossier: interrelations between aging and the pension system; the economic impact of migration in the countries of departure and arrival; the causes and the economic and social consequences of low fertility; the economic impact of couple disruption.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The first part of the lessons will be frontal, while in the second part the students will be asked to present to the classmates and the teacher the articles that will be assigned to them. An integral part of the course will be an exercise in which students will be asked to elaborate demographic macro-data, using simple spreadsheets.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The study materials will be made available by the teacher during the lessons.

Non-attending students will have to take the same program and the same materials as non-attending students, and they will also be given a practical exercise.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)