Migration and Population Development

Elective Course | 4 ECTS | Námskeið: CRD 07

Kennari: Dr. Ari Klængur Jónsson

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The course aims to familiarize students with population development and the three main population processes: fertility, mortality and migration. We will focus on population developments in Iceland and Europe, with some attention to the major population trends and issues in poorer countries. The course is structured in three parts: A) Fertility and family dynamics where we focus on the links between female employment, family policies and childbearing; B) The causes and consequences for individuals and society of international and internal migration, and the determinants behind migration; C) The life table and some of the basic methods of demography, including discussion about morbidity and mortality.


Ari Klængur Jónsson is an Adjunt at the University of Iceland.


The course provides an overview of theories and research on migration and population development from the perspectives of economics, geography, and social sciences. Historic patterns of migration and population trends will be related to current developments.

On completion of the course, a student:

  • can examine systematically theories on migration and population development from the perspective of economics, geography and social sciences. 
  • can relate historical migration and population trends to current developments.  
  • has demonstrated ability in reading scientific papers and critically evaluating them.
  • has the ability to present and explain findings from scientific literature and discuss them with peers.  
  • has demonstrated that they can apply their knowledge, understanding and proficiency in new and unfamiliar situations or in an interdisciplinary context.
  • has developed their critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, through course assignments.