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The demographic way of thinking’ is an introductory level short-form micro-credential aimed at the public service, policymakers and the general public interested in understanding population change and its drivers. It answers the question of why demography matters in social policy making and equips participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply demographic perspectives to critically assess population change. This micro-credential sets the foundation for informed policy discussions on population change in Australia and its implications on economic, environmental and social sustainability.


  1. Determinants and components of population change
  2. Population structures and their implications

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollee's will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the determinants and components of population change
  2. Interpret population structures and their implications
  3. Apply demographic perspectives to critically assess social, economic and environmental change

Indicative assessment 

The assessment for this micro-credential is a group presentation (LO: 1-3) on a short project that involves applying the demographic perspectives learned in the course to critically assess social, economic and environmental change in a particular country, region, city. Each person in the group is expected to contribute to the project discussion and presentation.

The presentation will be assessed based on the following criteria:

• Organisation

• Application of demographic thinking

• Key messages

Assumed knowledge 

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

Micro-credential stack information 

This micro-credential is undertaken as a stand-alone course.


Course Code: DATA19

Workload: 21 hours 

  • Contact hours: 7 hours
  • Individual study and assessment: 14 hours

ANU unit value: 1 unit

AQF Level: 8

Contact: Brian Houle

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification.

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