Theoretical and Applied Demography - 1st semester


1. Understanding of population as a dynamic component of societies; 2. Ability to analyse que large demographical issues for the 21st century; 3. Knowledge of the main features and trends of Portuguese demography, within the EU space; 4. Ability to perceive demographical challenges in an integrated way, articulating them with other relevant socioeconomic components; 5. Ability to analyse ongoing demographic dynamics; 6. Knowledge of demographic methods and analytical tools and ability to apply them, treating population \"static\" and \"dynamic\" variables separately; 7. Ability to perform territorialized analyses of basic sociodemographic characterization; 8. Ability to communicate demographic knowledge and the results of demographical analyses in an accurate and significant way.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Paula Gil


Weekly - 4

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Teaching method

Teaching method: - 1 lesson weekly (2 h) with an expositive profile, about theoretical material with teaching argumentation and presentation and discussion of texts, and demonstrative exercises. - 1 lesson weekly (2 h) with a practical profile, including practical exercises carried out by students. The annual distribution of time between expositive and practical lessons is equivalent, and student’s presence is mandatory.

Evaluation method

Method of evaluation: 1) two evaluation tests (30%+30%); 2) Group Exercise to submit at the end of the school time schedule, with mandatory oral discussion (written document, 60 %, oral presentation, 40%). The scoring criteria are explained at the beginning of the year and are listed in a separate document.

Subject matter

1. Introduction to Demography (object, methods, characteristics of the demographic system, branches of analysis) 2. Population Data Sheet (World, Europe, Portugal) 2.1. Recent trends 2.2. Drivers and challenges of contemporary population dynamics 3. Applied Demography 3.1. Main data sources: Census and Civil Registration data. 3.2. Demographic data on web. 3.3. Territorial administrative and non-administrative units (TUSN) 3.4. Population framework: concepts and tools 3.5. Population dynamics, population trends, sex and age structure, distribution over the territory 3.6. Demographic phenomena: concepts, indicators and tools (Mortality, Nupciality, Fertility, Migration Movements


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