H699 | 2991 | Riley

3:35-5:30P     T     BH235

Topic:  Population in the 20th Century
A portion of the above section reserved for majors

This course examines the momentous changes in world population that
occurred in the 20th century, and the leading debates about
population.  We'll study the sharp rise in numbers, to more than six
billion people, and the forces of fertility and mortality that drove
population growth.  We'll look also at migration and refugees, at the
great catastrophes of the 20th century, led by the Chinese famine of
1958-59, and at the ongoing problem of famine.  And we'll study
population dynamics: nuptiality and the motivators of fertility, and
mortality and rising life expectancy.  Finally we'll look at debates
about overpopulation, the depletion of natural and environmental
resources, and about the relief of poverty.

Weekly readings and discussion, culminating in a bibliographic paper.