Syllabus - Population Problems Sociology 170 Fall 2011 T/Th 11-12:15 Social Sciences 6102 Professor Jenna Nobles Office Social Sciences 4456 Office

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Population Problems Fall 2011 Sociology 170 T/Th 11-12:15 Social Sciences 6102 Professor Jenna Nobles Office: Social Sciences 4456 Office Hours: Monday 10am - 12pm Email: Introduction The earth has never held as many humans as it does right now. Over the next century the population is projected to increase from 7 to 11 billion. Growth will not be homogenous around the world. In 2000, Japan and Nigeria had similarly sized populations; by 2050 the population of Japan is expected to shrink by a fifth and the population of Nigeria is expected to double. This class is an introduction to the contemporary issues that accompany such dramatic population change, including aging, urbanization, epidemics, health reversals, and environmental destruction. The goals of the course are (1) to provide the methodological tools that help us understand population change in a systematic way, (2) to introduce the core concepts and debates in social demography, and (3) to encourage critical thinking about the presentation of population problems in popular culture and press. Composition The course consists of two lectures per week. Students are expected to complete readings for each lecture and participate in discussion about the readings in class. In addition to class participation, two exams and one writing assignment will be used to evaluate students’ progress in the course. Evaluation -- Grade composition Exam 1 (30% of total grade) Exam 2 (35% of total grade) Contemporary Population Problems Analysis (20%) Class Participation: Ten Quizzes (15%) -- Contemporary Population Problems Analysis Students will select a topical population problem and find 5-7 relevant news articles / sources of commentary on the problem. Students will write a 6-8 page paper that situates the problem in the context of population studies and characterizes controversy or agreement over its definition, origins, and/or consequences. The paper must relate the problem to at least three of the readings in the course. We will discuss this assignment in greater detail in class. Please note that the paper is due in my office (Social Sciences 4456) on Monday December 19 th at or before 2 pm. Late work will not be accepted. -- Extra Credit (2.5 percentage points toward the final course grade) Contemporary Problems Presentation : One day of class at the end of the semester is reserved for presentations of the contemporary problems assignment. Volunteers will describe their topics, their findings, and their analysis to the class in a 5-10 minute presentation. Use of slides or handouts is welcome. NOTE: To participate in the presentations (and to receive this credit), students must submit papers one week early, by Monday, December 12 th at 7pm.
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Reply to the discussion board posting “Contemporary Problems Presentation” on our Learn@UW webpage by December 5 th if you’d like to participate. Missing Class
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Syllabus - Population Problems Sociology 170 Fall 2011 T/Th 11-12:15 Social Sciences 6102 Professor Jenna Nobles Office Social Sciences 4456 Office

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