Demography and migration

Name of module

Demography with focus on migration

Target group(s)

Students of business administration (within the context of philosophy, social science and history)

Level (Bachelor, Master)


Years of study


Required knowledge


Number of hours (total, % of face-to-face)

75 (48%) (= 36 contact level hours)

Credits granted


Learning objective(s)

The goal is to make students understand the fundamentals of demography. Since demographic changes are one of the mayor challenges for industrialized countries with respect to e.g. social security systems, labour-markets and companies. Especially due to the expected labour shortage it is important to understand the reasons for migration and the integration process to increase the manpower potential. Particularly in Germany students have to realize the importance of Turkish migration flows especially after a possible EU- enlargement.


1. Historical Demography

2. Fertility

3. Mortality

4. Migration

    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Migration Theories

    4.3 Migration development in the EU

    4.4 Future prospects of Turkish migration

    4.5 Integration

5. Limits of growing populations

Teaching methods

  • Lectures – lectures covering specific theoretical aspects of the subject; slides, multimedia presentations,
  • Guest speaker from leading institutions in the field
  • Field work – students interview migrants and their background
  • Discussions –  discussion on integration
  • Individual work – solution of given practical examples and exercises
  • Material, sources, literature

    • Birg, H. (2005): Die ausgefallene Generation – Was die Demographie über unsere Zukunft sagt
    • Communication from the commission to the council, the parliament, the european economic and social committee and the committee of the regions (2006): Report on the Functioning of the Transitional Arrangements set out in the 2003 Accession Treaty (period 1 May 2004-30 April 2006)
    • Goldberg, A., Halm, D., Sen, F. (2004): Die deutschen Türken
    • Global Commission on International Migration (Hrsg.), (2006), Migration in einer interdependenten Welt: Neue Handlungsprinzipien: Bericht der Weltkommission für internationale Migration
    • Münz, R., Seifert, W., Ulrich, R. (1997): Zuwanderung nach Deutschland – Strukturen, Wirkungen, Perspektiven
    • Pflugbeil, S.D. (2005): Auswirkungen der internationalen Migration auf die Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Theoretische und empirische Analysen vor dem Hintergrund der EU-Osterweiterung
    • Sachverständigenrat für Zuwanderung und Integration im Auftrag
      der Bundesregierung in Zusammenarbeit mit dem europäischen forum für Migrationsstudien (efms) an der Universität Bamberg (2004): Migrationsbericht

    Main author of the module

    OTA/Germany, Victoria Büsch

    Co-operating authors


    Status of work a) First draft b) Work in progress c) tested and finalized d) publishe

    b) and c)

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