DB #2 (Population Geography)

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Please read the chapter on Population in your textbook and then watch at least three of the following short films from the PBS Frontline World site (available at http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/). I would then like you to address one or more of the following questions/topics:

1) What can you often assume about the socio-economic circumstances and the well-being of the population in a country (and the economic prospects of the country) by looking at its population characteristics (e.g., growth rates, age composition, its population pyramid shape, etc.)? Please use some specific examples.

2) Why do some Less Developed Countries (such as many in Sub-Saharan Africa) and some More Developed Countries (such as Japan and parts of Europe) face the exact opposite challenges with regard to population growth? What types of unintended consequences can governmental policies (such as China’s “One-Child Policy”) seeking to deal with population challenges cause?  

You can use any 3 relevant films from the PBS Frontline World site at: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/. Here are a few suggested films: 

India: A New Life

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/rough/2007/06/india_street_ch.html

- India: The Missing Girls

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/rough/2007/04/the_missing_gir.html

- India: A Pound of Flesh

Selling kidneys to survive

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/rough/2006/07/india_a_pound_o.html

 Tortillanomics: Food or Fuel?

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/fellows/mexico_2008/

 - Haiti: Belo’s Song of Peace

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/rough/2007/12/haiti_belos_son.html

 - This Land is Ours: Who Should Own Namibia’s Farms?

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/rough/2005/08/this_land_is_ou.html


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