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Population and the Environment

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
Academic year

Module overview

Population and resources; population growth and the environmental ‘crisis’; the history of the debate about population growth and the environment, including discussion of the work of Malthus, Boserup, Simon and Ehrlich; the notion of a carrying capacity. The relationships of past societies with their environments. Recent population trends at a global level; fertility and migration patterns; urbanisation and settlement patterns; regional and local variation. The effects of population on the environment at different scales – global, regional and local; the impact of fertility and migration processes; the varying impact of populations with different age structures. Demographic consequences of environmental change; migration patterns; urbanisation and counter-urbanisation. Some expectations of future developments, limits of predictability and decision making.

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