In the past few weeks, we have been discussing the impact of recent changes in birth rates and death rates worldwide. Noticing the close relationship between population growth and economic development, governments have become increasingly involved in their people’s fertility. (Since they cannot really control mortality!)

In groups, you will answer one of the following question and share it with the rest of the class. You may present your responses however you see fit, but you will have to share the document with the entire class.

You will have today’s class and the next double block to complete this assignment.

It is expected that you will all have a good understanding of each of these topics.

**Pay close attention to the IB command terms in bold. They will guide you in understanding what is expected of your  responses.

1. China’s One Child Policy:

  • Show your calculations and state China’s total dependency ratio, older dependency ratio (ODR) and Youthful Dependency ratio (YDR)
  • Using historical background, explain the reasons that pushed China to adopt the One Child Policy
  • Using images and graphs, evaluate China’s One Child Policy, its benefits and drawbacks.
2. Cambodia’s population policy:
Use the Cambodian Government’s Ministry of Planning Website to help you with your answers
  • Using a triangular graph, state Cambodia’s total dependency ratio, older dependency ratio (ODR) and Youthful Dependency ratio (YDR)
  • Using statistics, explain the current situation facing Cambodia’s growing population.
  • Using images and graphs, evaluate Cambodia’s population policy, its benefits and drawbacks.
3. Japan’s pro-natalist policy
Having strong Japanese speakers/readers in this group is strongly encouraged
  • With the help of a population pyramid,  state Japan’s total dependency ratio, older dependency ratio (ODR) and Youthful Dependency ratio (YDR)
  • Using statistics, explain the issues facing Japan’s ageing population.
  • Using images and graphs, evaluate Japan’s population policy, its benefits and drawbacks.
4. Examine the impact of ageing and youthful populations
  • Using the resources below, clearly explain the pros and cons of both ageing and youthful populations. You may present your answers in a table.
  • Create a detailed outline answering the question above.