243 Outcome: Demography and Population Growth

Describe demographic measurements, read population graphs, and describe demographic theories

Scholars understand demography through various analyses; Malthusian, zero population growth, cornucopian theory, and demographic transition theories all help sociologists study demography. The earth’s human population is growing quickly, especially in peripheral countries. Factors that impact population include birthrates, mortality rates, and migration, including immigration and emigration. There are numerous potential outcomes of the growing population, and sociological perspectives vary on the potential effect of these increased numbers. The growth will pressure the already taxed planet and its natural resources.

What you’ll learn to do:

  • Understand demographic measurements like fertility and mortality rates
  • Understand the difference between an internally displaced person, an asylum-seeker, and a refugee
  • Describe a variety of demographic theories such as Malthusian, cornucopian, zero population growth, and demographic transititon theories

Learning Activities

The learning activities for this section include:

  • Reading: Demography and Population
  • Reading: Demographic Theories
  • Self-Check: Demography and Population

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