History | Colloquium in Comparative History
H699 | 3157 | Riley

A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section meets with GRAD G590


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 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.  We’ll study
population dynamics: nuptiality and the motivators of fertility, and
mortality and rising life expectancy.  And 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 research paper.

Students who come to this class with particular interests in 20th
century population history may expect, if they wish, to develop
those interests and to write about them.