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Demography and Pandemics in a Warming World


As an Undergraduate Social Sciences or Biological Sciences teacher, you can use this lesson plan to teach your students about demography,population trends, urbanization, and the role of demographics in the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and the increased risk of pandemics due to climate change.

In this lesson plan, students will be taught about population patterns, urbanization, and the relation of demography and the environment. This lesson plan will allow you to teach your students how demographic changes due to factors such as climate change, can make human populations more vulnerable to pandemics like COVID-19.

Through an interactive online activity, this lesson plan will enable students to apply understanding of demographics such as population density and mortality rates on the risk of transmission of an infectious disease like COVID-19 and on the efficacy of vaccination programs against it. Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Social Sciences and Biological Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

1.    learn about demography, population patterns and trends, and their relationship with the environment

2.    explain what urbanization is and how it has affected human ecology

3.    describe how demographic changes can affect the vulnerability of a population to pandemics such as COVID-19

4.    discuss how climate change results in demographic changes and therefore raises the risk of pandemics in urban  populations


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