WWS 330 / SOC 328 (SA) No Audit
Population, Society and Public Policy
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
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.
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Quizzes - 20%
Papers - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Problem set(s) - 10%
Not Open to Freshmen.
Enrollment in precepts will be done using SCORE.
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