Spring 2018  |  SOC 3511 Section 001: World Population Problems (66991)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/16/2018 - 05/04/2018
Mon, Wed 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 255
Enrollment Status:
Open (79 of 80 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:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?sgarcia+SOC3511+Spring2018
Class Description:
In 1800 the world's population reached 1 billion people for the first time, then took just over a century to double to 2 billion in the 1920s. In the twentieth century the world's population grew 400%. In the 21st century the world's population is expected to grow another 50% so that world population will near 11 billion. Different countries have experienced these changes in quite different ways, and will continue to do so. For example, in the year 2000 Japan and Nigeria had similar populations but in the next 50 years Japan's population will shrink 20% and Nigeria's will double. In the United States the Asian and Hispanic-origin populations will triple in size, median age will increase to 40 (in 1900 it was less than 20) and the share of the country living in rural areas will fall below 10% (in 1800 it was over 90%). This class introduces you to the dramatic changes in world population in the recent past, and the continuing demographic change occurring in the United States and around the world. You will learn about the fundamental demographic processes of mortality, fertility, migration, population aging. We will explore these processes in global perspective, with additional attention given to regional differentiation, primarily by comparing less- and more-developed countries. Key population-level theories, concepts, trends, and policies will be discussed. We will explore demographic processes and changes as both cause and effect of other social changes and structures. Graduate students in this combined class are expected to demonstrate greater depth of discussion, depth and to a degree length of writing assignments, presentations, and leadership of the students.
Exam Format:
Demographic profile of country; book report; reading quizzes
Class Format:
75% Lecture
25% Discussion
30-70 Pages Reading Per Week
8-16 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Paper(s)
Other Workload: weekly quizzes
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
17 October 2017

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