Introduction to Sociology - Shannon 102 - Fall 2019

Syllabus | Schedule | Online Media | Notes | Research | Grades

Week 13. Population and Urbanization

Nov 18: Read Textbook, Sections 20.0, 20.1
Nov 20: Read Textbook, Section 20.2
   Plickers Quiz on Wednesday
   Online Media #10 due Fri by 5pm


Sociology Quote of the Week:


"A finite world can support only a finite population; therefore, population growth must eventually equal zero."
-- Garrett Hardin

Textbook Formats:
1) Read Online -
2) Download the PDF version (free)
3) or, purchase a print copy on (~$30)

Go for the Golden Points!

Online Media 10


VIDEO: Watch The Overpopulation Myth (YouTube, ~52min long), featuring Hans Rosling and answer the following questions:

1. When did human population reach 1 billion people? What is it now? (~3 min)

2. What is happening in Bangladesh with respect to the family institution? (~4 min)

3. What has happened with respect to average number of babies in the world in the past 50 years? (~9 min)

4. What has happened in terms of infant mortality (death of children) over the past 200 years? (~19 min)

5. What will the predicted world population be in 2100? (~21 min)

6. How have hospitals in Mozambique changed in the last 30 years? (~30 min)

7. What is the difference in income from the poorest to richest among the world population? (~36 min)

8. What percent of adults in the world today are literate? (~43 min)

9. In terms of the proportion of the world in extreme poverty, how has world income distribution changed in the last 50 years? (~46 min)

10. What is the energy-related problem with ending the world's extreme poverty? (~52 min)

E-mail your completed assignment to:, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCI10

Due on or before Friday, 11/22 at 5pm

More info on the online media assignments:

Each week, except exam weeks (see the course schedule) you will be reponsible for completing and submitting by email a weekly online activity. This may entail doing a reading or watching a video made available online, or performing some other kind of activity. Instructions will be posted weekly right here on the webpage by Monday and will be due (by email) on Friday at 5pm of each week. You should e-mail your completed assignment to, with the subject heading of "SOCI#" (with "#" being the number of that week's online activity, as noted above).

Further Note: I will give you 3 chances to get the subject heading correct and to not include attachments in your online media emails to me.

For example, when you send the first online media assignment, you should use a subject heading in the email of "SOCI#", where "#" means the number of the specific assignment of the week. If you write something else (like, for instance, "Online Media Questions 1" or "soc 4 hw"), or if you include your assignment as an attachment, you have not paid attention to the details of the assignment instructions (details which make it crucially easier for me to organize your responses and read what you have written).

You can do this three times without penalty, but a fourth and each further instance of not paying attention to the details will result in a 1-point reduction from your Online Media grade. For the vast majority of you who are doing it right, thank you for paying attention to the details!

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Online Media 10:
The Overpopulation Myth (YouTube, ~52min long, featuring Hans Rosling)

OM9 Online Media 9:
U. Penn sociologist Sam Richards discussing A Radical Experiment in Empathy (2010 TEDx, YouTube)
om7 Online Media 8:
Somebodies and Nobodies: Rankism and the Abuse of Power
(Robert Fuller, 2006)

Online Media 7:
Crash Course Sociology, Episode #20, Crime (2017, YouTube, 11:30)

6 Degrees Online Media 6:
Six Degrees of Separation
(2009, Top Documentary Videos, 46 minutes)

Online Media 5:
George Mead's "I" & "Me"
, from Research Starter by Sharon Link (2005)


Online Media 4:
Watch this Crash Course in Sociology video on Social Interaction and Performance
(YouTube, 2017, 11:38)

OM3a &OM3b Online Media 3:
"The Culture of Fear" by Frank Furedi (Spiked, 2007) and Watch the Interview with the author of the book The Culture of Fear, Barry Glassner (YouTube, 9 min).
OM2 Online Media 2:
Watch this video
about "common sense" and why it is a problem for sociological thinking. Duncan Watts, TEDx Dec 1 2011 (YouTube 15 min).
Sociological Imagination

Online Media 1:
Watch this video about the "sociological imagination" and read these excerpts from C. Wright Mills' before discussing your answers to the questions (left, available in Week 1) in an email to Professor Reymers (follow instructions CAREFULLY).
Due Friday Aug 30th



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Recommended Reading:
Careers in Sociology


Topic: Individual and Society

Topic: Values and Culture

Topic: Socialization

FAÇADE v. REALITY         
Topic: Social Construction

Topic: Social Groups & Conformity

NORM v. ANOMIE          
Topic: Deviance & Crime/War

Topic: U.S. Social Classes

MATH v. HUMANITY        
Topic: Human Population

MAN v. NATURE         
Topic: Environment and Society

Introduction to Sociology - Shannon 102 | Fall 2019 | Prof. Kurt Reymers