Spring 2021  |  SOC 3511 Section 001: World Population Problems (63644)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (75 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:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?meierann+SOC3511+Spring2021
Class Description:
This course explores population dynamics in global perspective. Students will learn major population theories and measures. We will closely examine the ways in which people enter and leave populations -- by birth, death, or migration. To do this, we will read three books, one each about these phenomena in different places around the world: India, Kenya, the U.S. and the Caribbean. We will explore societal differences in forces that shape population and investigate their causes and consequences. In particular, we will explore differences in the population situations in highly developed and less developed nations, and differences between subgroups within societies. Within-country differences in population processes exist along gender, race, and social class lines. Key population policies will be discussed.
45% Weekly Quizzes
35% Book Critique (draft + final)
20% Book-related Activities
Exam Format:
no exams, only weekly reading quizzes, book critique papers, and book-related class activities.
Class Format:
50% Lecture
40% Discussion
10% Guest Speakers
50-70 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
12 Quizzes Other Workload: weekly quizzes, a book critique (a draft and final for a total of 15 pages, class activities, author questions, etc).
Honors additional workload: write two book critiques (total 30 pages), active class participation, leadership in small-group work.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 November 2020

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