Activity By Skills: Holistic Thinking

  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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  Demographics Lesson 1 Sub-Saharan Africa

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.

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  Demographics Lesson 1 10 Billion Discussion

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.

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  Demographics Lesson 1 PowerPoint Presentation

Discussion questions and answers provided in the notes sections of the PowerPoint.

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  Nationalism and State Sovereignty Lesson 2 Hook: Modern-Day Take on Nationalism

The instructor shows the short Youtube clip on nationalism and asks the students what are the key arguments and assumptions? How does this modern take build upon history?

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  Health Lesson 3 Introduction

Play first 2 min 30 seconds of film clip, A Slum Insight, with Hans Rosling and discusss UN Habitat’s five basic housing needs as well as UN Habitat’s definion of a slum.

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  Demographics Lesson 1 Opening Activity

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?

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  Demographics Lesson 2 Hook

Ask the students: What factors determine a country’s population size? Are any of these factors easily changed, why or why not?

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  Health Lesson 2 Introduction

Based on the Larson and Mercer article and the websites you reviewed, choose two important health indicators. Be able to explain how data for this indicator might be obtained, and any challenges in doing so.

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