1 - Under Pressure - Population

The End of the Nation State?

This unit focuses on the components of global population change, specifically the factors affecting the birth and death rates. 
An investigation of the demographic transition model and why countries are at differing stages of population change will take place. 
A comparison of two different countries, with information provided and data research will be used to explore the demographic transition model. 
An examination of pro-natalist population polices and ageing populations will take place.


Sheffield University



Key Concept

 Global Interactions - has the increasingly interconnected nature of our world impacted changes in population?



Related Concepts

Culture, Management and Intervention - how do differing cultures impact population change? Can the population size of a country truly be controlled?



Global Context

Globalization and Sustainability - Is the growth in global population sustainable?



Statement of Inquiry

Global interactions have blurred the notion of a nation-state and therefore a global solution is needed to solve population pressures.



Inquiry Questions

Factual Questions: Remembering facts and topics  Conceptual Questions: Analysing big ideasDebatable Questions: Evaluating perspectives and developing theories 
  • How are birth rates, death rates, fertility rates and natural population change measured?
  • What factors cause areas to be sparsely and densely populated?
  • What impact does an ageing and youthful population have on a country?
  •  Is there a relationship between the population size of a country and its prosperity?
  •  Are anti-natalist policies ethical?