Population Geography


a) To understand and apply concepts in population geography;
b) To know the main sources, analysis methods and forms of representation of demographic phenomena;
c) To collect, process and analyze information from various sources;
d) To understand the population dynamics, its structure and explanatory factors;
e) To reflect on the problems currently affecting population at different scales;
f) To know the major population theories and the relationship between population growth and development;
g) To apply acquired knowledge by solving exercises.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Dulce de Oliveira Pimentel Antunes


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



Not applicable


Bailey, A. (2005). Making Population Geography. London: Hodder Arnold Publ.
Nazareth, J. M. (2007). Demografia, a Ciência da População (2ª ed.). Lisboa: Ed. Presença.
Newbold, K. B. (2013). Population Geography: tools and issues (2nd ed.). Plymouth (UK):Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Noin, D. (2005). Géographie de la population (7ª ed.). Paris: Armand Colin.
Week, J. R. (2011). Population: an introduction to concepts and issues (11th ed.). Belmont (USA):Wadsworth Publishing.

Teaching method

Lectures and practical classes. Student participation is encouraged in the lectures and the importance of literature review is reinforced. In practical classes, students´ work focuses on problem solving and interpretation of results, as well as a group assignment with a final oral presentation and result discussion.

Evaluation method

Exercícios práticos (10% da nota final) and Attendance(15%), Two essays (20% and 25% of the final grade, respectively)(45%), Written test(40%)

Subject matter

1) Population Geography: i) object, goals and methods; ii) geography epistemology and population issues; iii) data sources
2) Population dynamics: i) the components of population growth; ii) the demographic transition
3) Structures: i) by age and sex; ii) socio-economic; iii) contrasts worldwide, analysis methods and recent developments
4) Population spatial mobility: i) definitions and typologies; ii) the diversity of movements; iii) theories and models of spatial mobility
5) Population policies and planning: i) definitions, types and issues; ii) demographic "explosion" and anti-natalist policies; iii) aging population and pro-natalist policies; iv) population redistribution policies; v) migration policies
6) Population projections at different scales.


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