BPR_DEMO Demography

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
2/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. RNDr. Josef Kunc, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. RNDr. Josef Kunc, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Ing. Klára Charvátová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. RNDr. Josef Kunc, Ph.D.
Department of Regional Economics – Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Ing. Iveta Suchomelová Vašíčková
Supplier department: Department of Regional Economics – Faculty of Economics and Administration
Wed 16:00–17:50 P102, except Wed 3. 4.
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
BPR_DEMO/01: each even Monday 16:00–17:50 P304, J. Kunc
BPR_DEMO/02: each even Tuesday 10:00–11:50 P104, except Tue 2. 4., J. Kunc
BPR_DEMO/03: each even Tuesday 14:00–15:50 S306, except Tue 2. 4., J. Kunc
No special prerequisities are assigned for the subject.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 100 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 61/100, only registered: 2/100, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/100
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course of demography is to introduce to students the phenomena and processes connected with a reproduction of the population, thus both natural reproduction and with the spatial movement of population or more precisely migration (structure and dynamics the population). Further, the course is focused on the interpretation of both theoretical and practical causal topics: population health and ageing, demographic transition and second demographic transition, population development and projections and presumptions of population development, migration policy and current migration trends, etc. It also does not ignore selected economic aspects of demographic development and current trends. Spatial levels are the World, Europe, and the Czech Republic.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course of demography students should be able to: - analyse basic demographic processes and phenomena, - interpret basic demographic indexes, - apply theoretical assumptions in concrete cases, - calculate model and application exercises, - formulate relations and connections relating to economical practice.
  • 1. Object and subject of study of demography, basic demographic phenomena, and processes.
  • 2. History and present of demography, demographic statistics, important personalities of demographic science.
  • 3. Development of population and its distribution.
  • 4. Extreme events with impact on the population.
  • 5. Structure of population (gender, age, education, religion, ethnicity, economic activity, etc.).
  • 6. Population dynamics (basic population movements - fertility, fertility, mortality, abortion, marriage rate, divorce rate, migration, etc.).
  • 7. Demographic transition (demographic revolution) and the second demographic transition.
  • 8. Aging population.
  • 9. Social and economic impacts of demographic aging.
  • 10. Migration policy and European migration crisis 2015-2018.
  • 11. Population projections and forecasts.
    required literature
  • KUNC, Josef, Martina JAŇUROVÁ, Aneta KRAJÍČKOVÁ, Petr TONEV and Václav TOUŠEK. (Geo)demografie nejen pro ekonomy ((Geo)demography not only for economists). 1. vydání. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2019, 149 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-9461-1. info
    recommended literature
  • HARPER, Sarah. Demography : a very short introduction. First edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018, xviii, 132. ISBN 9780198725732. info
  • FILIPEC, Ondřej, Valeriu MOŞNEAGA and Aaron T. WALTER. Europe and the migration crisis: the response of the EU member states. 1st edition. Gdańsk: Stowarzyszenie naukowe Instytut Badań nad polityką europejską, 2018, 268 stran. ISBN 9788394461478. URL info
  • LUNDQUIST, Jennifer Hickes, Douglas L. ANDERTON and David YAUKEY. Demography : the study of human population. Fourth edition. Long Grove: Waveland Press, 2015, xix, 476. ISBN 9781478613060. info
  • ROUBÍČEK, Vladimír. Úvod do demografie. 1. vyd. Praha: CODEX Bohemia, 1997, 348 s. ISBN 80-85963-43-4. info
  • PAVLÍK, Zdeněk. Základy demografie. 1. vyd. Praha: Academia, 1986, 736 pp. info
    not specified
  • World Population Ageing 2019 Highlights; https://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/ageing/WorldPopulationAgeing2019-Highlights.pdf
  • World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights https://population.un.org/wpp/Publications/Files/WPP2019_10KeyFindings.pdf
  • World Population Prospects 2019 Highlights; https://population.un.org/wpp/Publications/Files/WPP2019_Highlights.pdf
  • ROWLAND, D. T. Population aging : the transformation of societies. Dordrecht: Springer, 2012, xix, 292. ISBN 9789400740495. info
Teaching methods
Teaching methods are possible to basically divide into two parts: 1) Basics are lectures which put emphasis on theoretical explanations. Next basic terminology definition and explanation. In connection with the theoretical explanation, the application of selected problems follows in the form of causal and spatial analyzes, case studies. The introduction of basic statistical demographical methods is also important. 2) Seminars thematically follow in lectures. They bring a more detailed analysis to demonstrate selected processes and calculation of model exercises. Form of student teams, presentation, and discussion. The whole educational program is intertwined with the spatial, analytical-statistical and functionally-causal approach.
Assessment methods
The form of examination is an oral exam. Seminars are in the form of student work - presentation and discussion of a given topic, through modern technologies and applications. Seminar attendance is obligatory. Good quality of presentation, good argumentation of presentation and activity on seminars come also into assessment, of which successful managing is a condition of oral examination admission.
If the student enrolls in the course during his/her trip abroad (e.g., Erasmus), he/she must prepare a seminar paper of the required quality assigned by the teacher and demonstrate knowledge of theoretical contexts in order to sign up for the exam.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2025.
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