Department of Population Sciences

Population and related issues have become increasingly important aspect of development in recent years. In many developing countries quality of manpower is usually the main issue. The development of societies and countries is often constrained by the lack of appropriately trained personnel and appropriate exposure to population issues. In response to the needs of a developing country like Pakistan, the Institute of Social and cultural Studies, drawing upon its research and teaching experience, has established a post graduate training program in Population Sciences. Population sciences is a broad social science discipline concerned with the study of human populations in relation to their size, composition, and geographical distribution, the change that occur over time and the factors associated with these changes, primarily the health of populations. It is concerned with the broad nature of social and economic change, and with the impact of demographic change on the natural environment. The concepts studied in population sciences have an important role to play in understanding social change. Population and reproductive health have become essential components of several administration, and development planning. This discipline emphasizes the empirical investigation of population processes, including the conceptualization and measurement of these processes, and also the study of their consequences. It further looks into planned population growth and the emergence of epidemics like HIV/AIDS, analysis of data concerning population issues. It is designed especially for individuals working in population-related fields and organizations. Students are exposed to a range of theoretical and applied research topics with an emphasis on socio-cultural issues related to population. The department currently offers the MSc in Population Sciences in the afternoon on a self-supporting basis.