Eric Kaufmann

Msc The Politics of Population Change: Immigration, Aging and Conflict

Msc The Politics of Population Change: Immigration, Aging and Conflict

Permanent Announcements:

This course has a Moodle site, though this will only be used for submission of coursework, some notices and online discussions.

You can access audio podcasts relevant to the week’s readings under the ‘weekly readings’ section of the site. You must have iTunes installed for this to work.

This Year’s Coursebook

***Sample Dissertations:  Dissertation 1 (75%)  Dissertation 2 (72%)   Dissertation 3 (60%) Dissertation 4 (60%)

You can also find a selection of top-ranked dissertations (albeit edited down to about 50-60% of their size) from last year on-line at: “The Global Politics and Security Review brings together six of the best Masters dissertations by students from Birkbeck’s Global Politics and International Security and Global Governance programmes.”

Sample Essays: Essay 1(50%)  Essay 2 (53%) Essay 3 (58%)   Essay 4 (72%) Essay 5 (72%) Essay 6 (62%)   Marks & Comments for All

Past Exam Papers: Nationalism in International Context (partly relevant) 2011 2012 2013 ; Politics of Population Change 2015 2016 2017 2018



Essay help can be found at:

Link to study aid section of school website (mainly for exam study)

Trouble finding books? :1) Talk to the Birkbeck library about the SCONUL access scheme first. For information, see: AND; THEN: 2) Search other London libraries at:, the integrated catalogue for the UK; also can consult, the catalogue for some University of London college libraries

Weekly Lecture Slides (below):

1. Demography, Migration and Power: Concepts and Trends 

2. Population Pressure, Climate Change and Resource Conflicts in the Developing World 

3. The ‘Youth Bulge’, Urbanisation and Violent Conflict in the Developing World 

4. Population Aging, World Population Shifts and the Global Balance of Power

5. Demographic and Democratic Transitions

6. The Piketty Thesis: Population Stagnation and the Politics of Inequality

7. Nationalism and Demographic Engineering

8. Ethnic Shifts and Conflict


9. Immigration and National Identity in the United States

10. Immigration and the Rise of the Far Right in Europe   

11. ‘From UKIP to Brexit’: Hostility to Immigration in the UK 

12. Social Cleavages and Generational Replacement: The Demography of Value Changes

13. ‘Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?’: The Political Demography of Fundamentalism 

14. Terrorism, Lobbying and Multiculturalism: Diasporas in International Politics 

15. Conclusion and Review


Weekly Readings: The Politics of Population Change: Immigration, Aging and Conflict

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