population and its problems
- Click this link
to get a pdf file on world population. Read the text and try to answer
the questions at the end.
According to the Population
of the U.S.:
are the reasons for migration?
immigration seen as good or bad for a country?
big was the share of immigration to the population growth
in the U.S. between 1990-99?
the homepage of Statistik
- What information
can you find on migration and population growth in Austria?
immigration an important factor in Austria (if you haven't
found the link, here is one)?
you think of reasons, why population growth is important for
Look at this website
and download the Excel table Immigration by region and selected country
of last residence: fiscal years 1820-2002.
- Examine the different years of immigration. Where came most people
from at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of last century?
Try to create a diagramm, that shows the number of immigrants over the
years from: Austria(-Hungaria), Africa, Latin-America.
- Can you think of reasons, why there are kind of "waves"
in the number of people moving to the U.S.A.? Think of your history
Print this pdf,
html. (As an introduction students will be shown this chart
first). First they will only get the one of he United States and should
answer the following questions:
- Which age group has the greatest proportion of people?
- Which bar includes the students in this classroom?
- Are there more people in your age group or in the age group below
Now describe the pyramids of Congo and Germany:
- How is Congo's pyramid different from that of the U.S.?
- Which age group in Congo is the largest?
- What proportion of the population is in this age group?
Now look at Germany.
- How is it different?
- How is it different from Congo?
- Why would a country 's leaders want to know the proportion of the
population in different age groups?
- What difference does the age of the people in a country make?
- What kinds of products do young people use?
- What kinds of services do they need?
- What about older people?
- Is it important for a government leader or planner to know the age
of the population they are serving?
Create your own pyramids:
Divide into groups, take this data
and create pyramids with your printouts. Discuss the differences.
(Afterwards students get the names
of the countries and there will be a discussion in plenum)
Look at this link
of Eye in the Sky and read the four pages.
- What is the problem described?
- Did you notice the name on the last page: Thomas
Malthus? Use Google and try to find
out about his theories. What did he say about the problem of "
carrying capacity"? Try to find different theories on " carrying
Continuation from last lesson:
- Read this text.
What points are made concerning "carrying capacity" theories?
resources "infinite". Read and discuss in classroom.
An example: Hunger
Open this link.
Compare the Child Malnutrition data in the different parts of the
- What about Europe? Is there also malnutrinition?
- Read about the Famine in China between 1958-1961.
What happened in China during these years? What was the original purpose
of the measures taken?