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.
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)
- Write a short explanation of what each of these factors tells us about a country
- 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