Courses Catalogue

Population And Environment

COURSE CODE: ENV1206
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

The course covers composition and variations in the population growth, concept and dynamics of human population, looking at the factors that influence human population changes within their environment. Understanding the various interactions occurring between human populations and their environment, and the implications of these interactions. The course will also cover a range of environmental effects of population growth and resource utilization in perspective of developed and developing countries. Learners will be helped to relate the past population theories with the concepts of population growth / demography.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

There has been rapid global population in the recent century which was a product of industrialization and advancement in medical sciences. However, the rapid population growth has encouraged increase in the utilization of natural resources which have implications on the environment. This course will help to develop a deep analysis amongst learners of the composition and variations in the population growth, concept and dynamics of human population, looking at the factors that influence human population changes within their environment. Each student will acquire the capabilities to recognize, analyze and assess the hypothesis, theories and futuristic implications of the growing human population in the 21st century.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Define and give distinctions between population, environment and resources of the environment.
  • Explain the life interactions existing between people and nature, with clear examples.
  • Identify and describe human population structures for developed and developing countries, and the needs and strategies to balance population growth with sustainable environmental management.
  • State and analyze the population theories and demographic transition patterns; their present and future implications in the world.
  • Design human population growth models and the challenges of environmental management in relation to increasing population growth.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

A student completing the course is expected to:

§  Summarise and critically evaluate the debate about the impact of population growth on the environment, both in its historical context and in the present day.

§  Identify and assess several mechanisms through which human populations affect their environment.

§  Appreciate how environmental changes can have and have had demographic consequences and how the relationship between population and the environment is two-way.

§  Assess the impact of specific demographic processes and characteristics of populations on the environment in a range of social and economic contexts and at different scales.

§  Demonstrate a solid and evidence-based awareness of recent and possible future trends and patterns in relevant demographic processes and their relations with the environment