SOC 369K • Population and Society
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
This course introduces students to scientific perspectives on, and policy debates surrounding some important and controversial world problems, including rapid population growth, and the control of fertility and mortality. The greatest part of our attention will be devoted the situation in Third World countries rather than to the US, Canada, and Europe. The course will take up such topics as the fertility transitions now taking place in Latin America and their relation to the implementation of family planning programs; teenage fertility in the US and Europe, primary health care programs in developing countries, population and environment, and the implementation of the Program of Action adopted in 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development. Students should develop the ability to read and correctly interpret basic facts about human populations. The course will also introduce them to an important and widely used analytical device, the life table, and to various demographic measures such as the Total Fertility Rate. It will also provide an opportunity to gain research experience and in-depth knowledge concerning the population of a single country through group projects. Readings will be made available by way of Blackboard. There will be three homework assignments, two mid-terms, and a final exam. Students who are not afraid of mathematics, and who are interested in researching the social and cultural issues of other countries will find this course of interest.