Demographics Lesson 1 World Population Trends
  
 
 
 
Demographics Lesson 1 World Population Trends

Overview
This is the first of three lessons on population trends, terms and theories.  At the end of the lesson, students will be familiar with the pace of world population increase over the past century, and will be able to identify the four world regions where the world’s population is concentrated.

Relevant Learning Objectives

1.    Identify the major regional clusters where the world’s population is concentrated
2.    Explain the temporal and spatial trends in world population patterns

Procedure

Possible Classroom Activities

  • Demographics Lesson 1 Opening Activity (0) Ask the students to reflect upon the three opening questions as they watch the opening video. Opening Questions: Where is the world’s population distributed? Where has the world’s population increased? Why is population increasing at different rates in different countries?
  • Demographics Lesson 1 PowerPoint Presentation (0) Discussion questions and answers provided in the notes sections of the PowerPoint.
  • Demographics Lesson 1 10 Billion Discussion (0) Discuss the New York Times article about the UN forecast for 10.1 billion people by 2100. The instructor should choose either the NY Times article discussion or the sub-Saharan African discussion.
  • Demographics Lesson 1 Sub-Saharan Africa (0) Have the students read the “Density, Distance, and Division in Sub-Saharan Africa” article and discuss some of the reasons for Africa’s demographics in small group discussions. The instructor should choose either the NY Times article discussion or the sub-Saharan African discussion.
  • Demographics Lesson 1 Population Growth Debate (0) Divide the students into pairs to debate the final premise of the video: as the population increases the value of life decreases. Students should take a pro/con perspective. Students should sit in pairs and debate this quote.
  • Demographics Lesson 1 Reflection (0) The instructor should ask the students what impacts their perspectives on demographics and why? Possible answers: religion/country of birth/family size/year of birth/etc.

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