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Spring 2018-2019
* WWS 330 / SOC 328 (SA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Population, Society and Public Policy

Arun Hendi

Are large populations a gift or a curse? Can humans live forever? Is marriage obsolete? How many people can planet earth support sustainably? Why does China have more boys than girls? Why is US life expectancy so low? Is it possible for the US to seal its borders? Will population aging destroy the economy? Why is fertility so low in Korea? Why do countries with youthful populations experience so much social unrest? Can immigration solve population aging in Europe? Is demography destiny? Students will learn basic demographic concepts and engage longstanding debates about whether population growth promotes or undermines development.

Sample reading list:
Haub & Gribble 2011., "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
Gonzalez, R.G., Learning to be Illegal
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading assignments (100 pages/week) and precept attendance: 2 multiple choice/short answer exams

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 40%
Final Exam - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Community-Engaged Learning Component Optional

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41465 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am M W   Robertson Hall   015   Enrolled:45 Limit:35 Closed
42253 P99 TBA        Enrolled:45 Limit:45 Closed