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Fall 2013-2014
WWS 330 / SOC 328 (SA)   No Audit

Population, Society and Public Policy

Marta Tienda

How long can humans live? Is marriage obsolete? How many people can planet earth support sustainably? Why does China have more boys than girls? Should governments decide family size? Why are youth rebellious in some countries and not in others? Is demography destiny? This course examines the causes and consequences of population change, with a focus on the policy levers used to regulate fertility, to improve health and child mortality; to protect the environment; and to control immigration. Students learn basic demographic concepts and engage longstanding debates about whether population growth promotes or undermines economic development.

Sample reading list:
Haub & Gribble 2001., "The World at 7 Billion"
Goldstone, J. 2010, "The New Population Bomb"
Sachs, J.D., et al. 2001, The Geography of Poverty and Wealth
Reardon, S. 2011, A World of Chronic Disease
Kaiser, J. 2011, Does Family Planning Bring Down Fertility
Katel, P. 2005, "Do Illegal Workers Help or Hurt the Economy"
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading assignments and precept attendance; 2 problem sets and a policy memo; a short research paper (5-8 pages); an in-class quiz on concepts and a final.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Quizzes - 20%
Papers - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Problem set(s) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Enrollment in precepts will be done using SCORE.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23196 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am M W   Friend Center   008   Enrolled:40 Limit:60
23197 P01 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm M   Wallace Hall   165   Enrolled:11 Limit:13
24064 P02 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:10 Limit:13
24065 P03 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:9 Limit:13
24066 P04 11:00 am - 11:50 am F   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:10 Limit:13
23563 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled