Demographics Lesson 6 Activities
Demographics Lesson 6 Hook

Time: 5-10 minutes
Objective 4
Skills: Holistic Thinking
Resources: n/a

Choose an individual from your family history who migrated at some point in her/his life.  Revisiting the lecture from last class, explain how well this individual fits broader patterns for at least two of these issues:
• Why people migrate
• Where migrants locate
• Obstacles facing migrants
• Why people migrate within a country

Share with 1-2 neighbors.

Demographics Lesson 6 Individual Research and Preparation for Discussion

Time: 20-25 minutes for research, variable time for discussion
Skills: Holistic Thinking and Technology Skills
Objective 4
Related Resources:
- “Immigration Data Hub.” (n.d.). Migration Policy Institute.  Retrieved from: http://www.migrationinformation.org/datahub/

Utilize relevant resources from the MPI “Immigration data hub” to answer this question:
 Explain how historic and recent migration trends are represented (or not) by your family history.

*Note:  This step could also be assigned as part of Family History Assignment done in preparation for class.

Demographics Lesson 6 Discussion on MPI Research

Time: 15-25 minutes
Skills: Holistic Thinking
Objective 4
Related Resources: 
- “Immigration Data Hub.” (n.d.). Migration Policy Institute.  Retrieved from: http://www.migrationinformation.org/datahub/

In small groups and/or as a class, compare your findings from the MPI research and analysis above.

Demographics Lesson 6 Discussion of Personal Family Histories

Time: 15-25 minutes
Skills: Holistic Thinking
Objective 4
Related Resources:
- Family History Assignment
- Martha Sharma. (n.d.). A contemporary look at a classic model.  Retrieved from http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/courses/teachers_corner/50105.html

In small groups and/or as a class, compare and analyze your family histories with respect to the following:

  • What were the migrations (international and internal) made by family members, and what factors shaped these?
  • What are the trends in your family history’s figures for family size, death and birth statistics and professional/education status (Part 1 of the assignment)
  • How does your family history compare to traditional demographic transition theory and/or critiques of the theory?  For example, does it fit the DT model’s Stage 4? 
Demographics Lesson 6 Conclusion

Time: 5-10 minutes
Objective 4
Skills: Holistic Thinking and Cross-Cultural Communications
Related Resources: n/a

Write a brief response to the following questions.  If time, share with 1-2 neighbors.

1)  How well do the family histories analyzed in our class correspond with the following quote? 

Among the main reasons explaining why it is so difficult to generalize about the causes and consequences of migration are the diversity and complexity of the phenomenon as well as the difficulty of separating migration from other socio-economic and political processes. Moreover, it is often difficult to combine macro- and micro-level theories of migration. This has led scholars to conclude that there will probably never be a general theory on migration.    — Hein de Haas, 2008

2) What difference would it make if our class sampling was more globally representative, rather than primarily US-focused?