This course examines the
characteristics and distribution of human population across the globe, paying
special attention to the factors responsible for the spatial variations in
mortality, fertility, and migration patterns. The course explores the
relationships between population and the global crises of environmental
sustainability, poverty, economic inequality, and the suppression of women,
and highlights the contradictions in the socio-economic realities that
impact the well-being of many people in both the developed and developing
worlds. As the name suggests, our emphasis is on gender; we place women’s
perspectives at the center of most of the discussions surrounding
population control, migration, refugee movements, and global economic
inequality. For the most part the intricate links between gender,
population dynamics, and the global political economy are highlighted.
course in Social Science
1.Asoka Bandarage (1997) Women, Population
and Global Crisis: A Political-Economic Analysis. (London & New
Jersey: Zed Books). (ISBN: 1-85649-428-4)
2.Oswaldo de Rivero (2001). The Myth of Development.
(Halifax:Fernwood Publishing)(ISBN: 1-55266-057-5).
1.Introduction: The Nature of Geography and
2.Key Population Concepts and Theoretical
Perspectives (Text 1: Intro & Chap. 1)
3.Human Population over Time and Space (Text 1: Chap. 3)
on Academic Writing/Reviews(Handout)
Analysis of Global Crises (Text 1:
of Global Population Control (Text 1:
Determinants of Fertility (Text 1: Chap
Economy of Poverty and Inequality (Text
1: Chap 5; Text 2: Chaps. 2 & 3)
Economy of Global Environmental Crises (Text
1: Chap 6)
Economy of Global Violence & Insecurity (Text 1: Chap 7; Text 2: Chap. 5)
(International) Migration, and RefugeeMovements
and Canadian Immigration Policy
Domination and Exploitation to Partnership (Text 1: Chap 8)
of Women (Text 1: Chap 8)
Factors in Global Survival (Text 2:
Weighting of Course and Exam Schedule
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Important notes on course tests/examinations
·Test 1, Mid-term, and Final
Examination: They will entail a variety of question formats,
including definitions, multiple choice, short answers, and essays.
The exact format for each will be announced in class in due course.
·Article/Paper Review: Students
would be expected to select one journal article (or paper in an edited
book, or book) cited in one of our required textbooks and review it based
on guidelines to be provided in class. The review should be word-processed
in a double-spaced format, and should not exceed 1,400 words. A word count
should be provided at the end of the review.
Institutional and Course Policies
On late assignment and
Late work will be penalised by a
one-grade reduction, except with a medical note, or under a special
circumstance to be determined by the Course Director. Rewriting of
examination will not be permitted, except under similar circumstances.
On Religious Observance
York University is committed to respecting the religious beliefs and
practices of all members of the community, and making accommodations for
observances of special significance to adherents. Should any of the dates
specified pose such a conflict for you, contact the Course Director within
the first three weeks of class. Similarly, should lab, practical, workshops
etc., or assignments scheduled later in the term pose such a conflict,
contact the Course Director immediately. Please note that to arrange an
alternative date or time for an examination periods (December and
April/May), students must complete an Examination Accommodation Form, which
can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.
Students who feel that there are extenuating circumstances which may
interfere with the successful completion of the course requirements are
encouraged to discuss the matter with the Course Director as soon as
Students with physical, learning, or psychiatric disabilities who
require reasonable accommodations in teaching style or evaluation methods
should discuss this with the Course Director early in the term so that
appropriate arrangements can be made.
On Academic Honesty
York students are subject to policies regarding academic honesty as
set out by the Senate of York University. Please read the Senate Policy
of Academic Policy, which can be found under University Policies and
Regulations in the York University Calendar.
Last day to drop course without receiving a grade:
November 7, 2003
Baudot, S. Barbara and Moomaw, R. William (eds).1999, People and their Planet:
Searching for Balance
(New York: St. Martin’s Press).
Gould, W.T.S., and Findlay, A.M. (eds.) 1994, Population
Migration and the Changing
(Chichester, England & New York: John Wiley).
Newbold, K Bruce, 2002 Six Billion Plus: Population issues in the Twenty-first Century.
York and Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Peters, Gary L. 1997. Population Geography: Problems, Concepts, and Prospects
Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Pub. Co.)
Stiglitz, Joseph E. 2002. Globalization and its Discontents (New York: WW.Norton and