Fall 2022  |  SOC 3511 Section 001: World Population Problems (33189)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Mon, Wed 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 250
Enrollment Status:
Open (29 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This class is an introduction to the contemporary issues that accompany such dramatic population change, including fertility change, disease experiences, migration as opportunity and challenge and human-environment conflict. Further, we will examine the roles of global organizations, national governments, and culture in shaping and reshaping populations. prereq: [SOC 1001] recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
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Class Description:
This course is an introduction to contemporary world population changes, demographic facts, and challenges arising out of those dynamic processes on a worldwide basis. Specifically, factors influencing demographic population change, such as fertility and mortality rates, migration movements and mobility, their causes and effects will be analyzed. Opportunities and challenges arising out of world population changes will be analyzed based on a number of case studies (e.g., South Africa; India; European Union). The role of social, economic and political environments in shaping and reshaping these processes of change will be considered. The course will draw on interdisciplinary literature and research from the fields of sociology, migration studies, demography, political studies, social policy, history and geography. The objectives of this course are to outline world population issues from different and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • understand world population changes

  • discuss, evaluate and analyze challenges and opportunities related to population dynamics

  • understand the interdependence and role of social, economic and political environments and processes related to population changes

  • apply theory in practical research settings

Exam Format:

(1) Attendance (5%)

(2) Participation (40%): Group work, discussions and presentations in small groups, preparation of discussion questions;

(3) Seminar Paper (55%) (in total 15-16 pages) consisting of:

(3a) 2-3 small papers (e.g. critique or reflection papers; content to be announced)

(3b) one final seminar paper (to be announced)

Class Format:
55% Lecture
45% Discussion

Weekly reading

15-16 Pages Seminar Paper

Participation in discussions and group presentations

Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
6 May 2022

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