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Ch 2: Demographic Perspectives & Theories in Sociology

About This Chapter

Watch informative video lessons to learn about sociological views on the human population. Take multiple-choice quizzes accompanying every lesson for self-assessment.

Demographic Perspectives & Theories in Sociology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The field of sociology offers in-depth theories and perspectives on the effects of demographic changes and specifically, population growth. Professors, economists and political philosophers have all weighed in to offer their own competing views on the direction of the human race. The lessons in this chapter compare and contrast some of the most significant ideas and the profound thinkers behind them. Take a short quiz at the end of every lesson to determine how well you have learned the material and feel free to contact a knowledgeable instructor with any questions that you may have. These lessons will teach things like:

  • Identify significant people & their ideas
  • The demographic balancing equation
  • How Marx viewed population growth
  • Simon's Theory of Population Growth
  • Marx vs. Malthus on population

Video Objective
Demographic Balancing Equation, Natural Increase & Net Migration Discover specific demographic concepts.
Thomas Malthus' Theory of Human Population Growth Identify Thomas Malthus and his theory concerning population.
Marxist vs. Malthusian Theories of Population Growth Compare and contrast two titans of sociological thought.
Ester Boserup & Population Growth Theory: Biography & Comparisons Learn about Boserup and her perspective on demographic changes.
Julian Simon's Theory of Population Growth: Biography & Comparisons Examine the details of Simon's theory on human population.
Perspectives of Population Growth: Easterlin, Davis, Mill & Othersk Take a look at various views on population.

6 Lessons in Chapter 2: Demographic Perspectives & Theories in Sociology
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Demographic Balancing Equation, Natural Increase & Net Migration

1. Demographic Balancing Equation, Natural Increase & Net Migration

How do we figure out the population on a year-to-year basis? Explore the ideas behind the demographic balancing equation, natural increase, and net migration in this lesson. Then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Thomas Malthus' Theory of Human Population Growth

2. Thomas Malthus' Theory of Human Population Growth

In this lesson, we will explore the ideas of Thomas Malthus and his predictions for the growth of the human population. We will also investigate if his predictions have come true or not.

Marxist vs. Malthusian Theories of Population Growth

3. Marxist vs. Malthusian Theories of Population Growth

Population growth is an issue that has concerned people for quite some time. In this lesson, explore two major theories about human population growth and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ester Boserup & Population Growth Theory: Biography & Comparisons

4. Ester Boserup & Population Growth Theory: Biography & Comparisons

Ester Boserup is one of the many researchers to develop a theory about human population growth. Explore what makes her theory unique and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Julian Simon's Theory of Population Growth: Biography & Comparisons

5. Julian Simon's Theory of Population Growth: Biography & Comparisons

Human population growth is an issue that has attracted lots of attention. In this lesson, you will explore one position on population growth and discover the unique way it was defended. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Perspectives of Population Growth: Easterlin, Davis & Mill

6. Perspectives of Population Growth: Easterlin, Davis & Mill

In this lesson, you will explore the theories on population growth from three major thinkers and discover what they thought about our future. Then you'll be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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