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 Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

 

TOPIC

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Population and environment resources

  • Introduction: Defining key concepts of population, resources and the environment.
  • Population growth structure and composition in developed and developing countries: Population growth patterns and environmental crisis: case study: Uganda and worldwide (China, Costa Rica, UK).
  • Population and carrying capacity: socio-economic and health consequences of environmental changes.

 

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Impacts of population: A Global view

  • The process of population change: Factors affecting population distribution: Economy, technology and socio-organizations.
  • Population dynamics: Fertility, mortality and the factors that influence the fertility/mortality or human populations.
  • Migrations (Immigrations and emigrations):causes of migrations; effects of migrations (a-to places of origins b-to new places of settlement)
  • Analysis of relationship between population variables and resources of the environment.

 

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People, Politics and the Environment

·         Demographic data and methods: Population census, vital registration systems, publications of demographic data; and demographic analysis.

·         Population and environmental policies: case study child policy in China.

·         Environmental politics; case studies; Uganda and international environmental politics.

 

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Population theories and Demography

  • Thomas Malthus’ theory; Criticisms of  Malthusian theory (Marxist criticism)
  • Demographic transition theory: Implications in developed and developing countries.
  • Pessimistic versus optimistic views of population changes.
  • John Bongaarts paper on food security; Can the growing human population feed itself?

 

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Environmental changes and Population problems

·         Human population and basic necessities (food, shelter, medical care etc)

·         Natural resources and economic development: The concept of sustainability.

·         Population changes in the world (general) and their impacts on the environment: Is the population explosion controllable?

 

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MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Hands-on work in the industry

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes