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Politics of Population, Migration and Ecology MSc

Politics of Population, Migration and Ecology MSc

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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | 04-OCT-21

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

04-OCT-21

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Immigration Studies Human Geography Ecology Politics

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Our MSc Politics of Population, Migration and Ecology considers the increasingly pressing political issues of population and demography. World population is growing fast: having trebled in approximately a century, the UN projects an increase from today's seven billion to around 11 billion by the end of the twenty-first century. This unique programme explores where this growth is occurring and considers the environmental, economic, political and global implications for both developing and developed countries. We will consider policy debates and responses to population growth and stabilisation, as well as the effects of ageing populations on economies, welfare systems and defence and security. Under the guidance of expert academics, you will examine how ethnic, religious and national identities intersect with questions of resources and population around the world.

You will be introduced to a spectrum of methodological approaches, including quantitative techniques for analysing and projecting demographic change, discourse analysis of policy documents, and historical case studies of political debates and movements. There will be an opportunity to read some of the classic works on population, such as Adam Smith, Malthus, J. S. Mill and Marx, as well as to study more recent ideas, including demographic transition theory and the environmental concept of the Anthropocene. You will be invited to examine unique case studies using methodologies that include data analysis, critical theory (Marxism, genealogy and critical discourse analysis) and policy analysis.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates go on to careers in policy-making, campaigning, and journalism, in the areas of environmentalism, political demography, political ecology and political economy. Possible professions include government social research officer, social researcher, or newspaper journalist. This degree is also useful in becoming a local government officer or Civil Service fast streamer.

We offer a comprehensive Careers Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Modules

This module will develop your understanding of political demography, the way population change affects politics and political actors attempt to control populations. You will consider the core aspects of demography - age structure, migration, fertility and mortality - and how they affect identity and politics, and compare demography's first and second-order, direct and interactive, effects on politics. You will also compare primordialist, ethnosymbolist and constructionist theories of nationalism and religion, and consider how these offer different predictions regarding the effect of demographic change on nationalism, religion, right-wing populism and ethnic politics. Finally you will become familiar with debates in the spheres of population ageing and youth bulges, immigration and identity, nationalist populism, urbanisation and the population-environment-conflict nexus.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,820

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£16,020

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in social science or another relevant subject. Other qualifications may also be considered. Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research students with a...more