Weltbevölkerung und weltweite Migration

Lehrende/Lecturer/s: Prof. Dr. Rainer Münz, Dr. Albert F. Reiterer
Zeitraum/Time period: Anytime
Credit Points: 3 CP
Workload: 90 hours
Sprache/Language: deutsch
VAK-Nr./Course No.: eGS-VA-WWM-15
Anbieter/Supplier: VAN & eGS
Lizenz/License: CC BY NC ND
Open course

Content of the Course

In order to understand today's developments of the world population, a consideration of the historical development of society as well as the social sciences is important. These aspects will be addressed within the course at the beginning. The differences in population science in developing countries and the contrasting demographic changes in the highly developed world will also be considered. In addition, the current issues will be explained: Why is life expectancy increasing and birth rates decreasing? How are nutrition, health care and climate change affected by demographic trends? In this context, the topic of migration is also considered, its historical development is shown and the political and economic effects are explained: What types of migration are there and what are the consequences of migration and labor migration for emigrant and immigrant countries?

Acquisition of Competences

You have knowledge about the historical development of the world population as well as about relevant key figures and sizes of demography. You know about the current development of the population in different countries (at the time of production) and its political and economic impact. Furthermore, you have an understanding of migration and mobility development and their relevance for societal development and recognize connections between demographic changes and their impact on climate-relevant aspects.

Exam Information

To receive a certificate of achievement and credit points, you must complete the course with an electronic exam. You can choose the examination date freely from several examination times in the semester. The examination takes place in presence.

  • Students of the University of Bremen take their exams in the university's test center.
  • Students from partner universities of the Virtual Academy of Sustainability take their exams on dates at their home university.

Target Group

The course is open to students of all disciplines. The offer is especially addressed to students of the University of Bremen and students of the partner universities of the Virtual Academy Sustainability. The content is designed as OER (Open Educational Resources) and therefore available for all interested parties. In principle, the learning videos can also be used in non-university settings. Thus, learners from other groups (e.g. companies) also have the opportunity to benefit from them.

Lecturers of the Course

Dr. Rainer Münz has been Head of Research & Development at Erste Group Bank in Vienna and Senior Research Fellow at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) since 2005. He studied social science at the University of Vienna (doctorate in 1979, habilitation in 1986). Until 1992 he was Director of the Institute of Demography at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Until 2003, Rainer Münz was Professor of Population Science at Humboldt University in Berlin and Visiting Professor at a number of other universities (Bamberg, UC Berkeley, Frankfurt, Klagenfurt, Vienna, and Zurich), and since 2010 he has taught at the University of St. Gallen. From 2001 to 2002, he was a Fellow at the Institute of Financial Mathematics at the Vienna University of Technology.

Dr. Albert F. Reiterer is a retired social scientist, studied journalism and political science as well as economics at the University of Vienna from 1968-1973. In 1989 he habilitated in political science at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Innsbruck. As a freelance social researcher, he taught at the Institutes of Sociology as well as Folklore at the University of Vienna, at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Graz and at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck. His main areas of research: Ethnicity, nation and minorities, macro-societal and especially demographic analyses.

Course Management

This course is managed by the eGeneral Studies team and the team of the Virtual Academy of Sustainability. If you have any questions, please contact:

  • info@egs.uni-bremen.de (for students of the University of Bremen)
  • info@va-bne.de (for students of the Virtual Academy Sustainability)


This course is a self-paced course. It takes place only online; you can start with the course at any time.


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