Demographically Divided World


We live in a demographically divided world with large disparities in population growth rates and the quality of life indicators that impact those growth rates (health, education, wealth). In this lesson, students will use the Fertility and Life Expectancy overlays on the Population Map to see how these trends have changed for different regions of the world since 1950, and what factors influence those trends today. Students will also examine the Demographic Transition Model to explore how it applies to different countries and assess the model’s validity given the circumstances of countries today.

Subjects: AP Human Geography, World Geography

Key Concepts: Human population distribution, birth and death rates, demographic transition model, gender roles, quality of life indicators, global economic disparities

Lesson Materials

  • Lesson Plan
  • Student Worksheet
  • Region Cards
  • Demographic Transition Model
  • Student Assignment