Month: September 2015 (page 2 of 2)

IB 11 – Natalist Policies

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


IB 12 – Soil and Change

IB requirement: Explain the causes of soil degradation. Discuss the environmental and socio-economic consequences of this process, together with management strategies.

Let’s Talk About Soil – English from IASS Vimeo Channel on Vimeo.

Lecture Sources:

 Loess Plateau CS

Take notes on

  • the reasons for soil degradation
  • the socio-economic consequences of soil degradation
  • Explain and evaluate the management strategies that have been used to control soil degradation
  • Research and suggest 3 other possible management strategies

IB style questions:

  • Briefly state the different reasons for soil degradation between LEDCs and MEDCs. [5]
  • Write a thesis statement for this past paper question:
    • Examine the following statement: “Soil is a non-renewable resource” [15]

IB-11 Population pyramid project

Find a population pyramid for an MEDC and an LEDC of your choice.

  • If you are going to Cambodia, pick Cambodia as your LEDC
  • Paste both on an A3 piece of paper, give your poster a title.
  • For each one: (review command terms in your IB Geo guide or in your housekeeping folder)
    • Annotate the pyramids to explain it’s main features
    • In a single paragraph, explain the problems (social, environmental, economic etc.) resulting from the current population structure
    • In a few sentences, suggest the future population structure of the country, based on it’s current growth rate and population policy (covered next class)
  • Graded on IB rubric AO 1, 2, 4 (also in IB guide)
  • Due Wednesday September 9th
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