Activity By Skills: Cross-Cultural Communications

  Demographics Lesson 2 Case Studies on Culture Systems

How do culture systems play a role in constructing demographic processes such as family size, age of marriage and childbearing, the care of the elderly, etc. Students examine one of the following case-studies and write an essay or have a group discussion with others in the class who chose (or were assigned) the same reading.

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  Demographics Lesson 2 One-China Role-Play

Start the activity by showing the BBC video on China’s One Child policy. Then divide the class into multiple roles to debate the policy: 1) government official, 2) businessmen, 3) women’s activist, and 4) farmer. Students should sit in groups of four and, as their character, discuss the continuation of the One-China Policy.

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  Demographics Lesson 2 Population Pyramid Activity

Option A: Instructor brings copies of pyramids to class, and distributes to students

Option B: Students use computers in class to access the Population Reference Bureau website and obtain population pyramids for comparison.

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  Demographics Lesson 1 Population Growth Debate

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.

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