Populations in Transition

Demographics, something that most people do not pay much attention to, is fundamental to our understanding of many aspects of how humans live their lives. Decisions like how many schools a country should have, how a country is to provide for elderly citizens and how and whether to control population growth/decline, are all based on an understanding of demographics.This video provides a short introduction into some of the main demographic issues of our times.

Task

For the the Core it is important that we look at trends in a range of countries. The factors that we are going to look at are:

Population / Median Age (total) / Population Growth Rate / Crude Birth Rate / Crude Death Rate / Net Migration rate / Infant Mortality Rate (total) / Life expectancy / Total Fertility Rate / Educational Expenditure / Literacy Rate / School Life expectancy / GDP – per Capita (PPP)

  1. Write a short explanation of what each of these factors tells us about a country
  2. Put data for each of your five countries into a Google doc spreadsheet (You should work on this together). Please take the data from the CIA World Factbook .

Interesting article on BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24303537

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