Birth, Death, and Disease: Anthropological Demography

Please note: this is archived course information from 2023 for ANTHRO 337.


Examines how human populations change over time, what factors underlie patterns of disease and death, and why demography is so important to the study of epidemics. The course will explore the use of demographic methods and theories of demographic and epidemiological transition to examine fertility, morbidity, mortality and migration from an anthropological perspective, with a particular focus on infectious disease dynamics. 

Course goals and outcomes:

  1. Understanding of the theoretical basis of demographic and epidemiological analysis in anthropology
  2. Ability to employ basic methods of demographic analysis in original research, both independently and cooperatively
  3. Contribution to preservation of Auckland heritage and understanding of local demographic and cultural history


Coursework and Exam

Availability 2023

Not offered in 2023; planned for 2024




ANTHRO 337: 15 points


ANTHRO 201 or 30 points in Anthropology at Stage II or above