Project #80652 - International Studies Class. 6 - 8 Pages


2A – Discussion: Global Population Issues 3-4 pages

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This discussion focuses on the concerns about urbanization and big cities. Refer to readings in the textbook, Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Global Issues 8th Edition By James Harf , Mark Lombardi 2013 ISBN:0078139635 / 9780078139635

Unit 1 / Issue 1.2 - Does Global Urbanization Lead Primarily to Undesirable Consequences?

  • YES: Divya Abhat et al., from “Cities of the Future: Today’s ‘Mega-­Cities’ Are Overcrowded and Environmentally Stressed,” E/The Environmental Magazine(September/October 2005) 
  • NO: United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, from “Productivity and the Prosperity of Cities,” in State of the World’s Cities 2012/2013 (2012),

Please write one to two paragraphs in response to each of the following questions.

1. Outline the main arguments of each article.

2. What aspects of each article did you think were not supported by facts, but rather attempts to convince readers by other means?

3. Which argument did you find most convincing and why?


4. Please brainstorm ideas for ways that cities can decrease problems and plan growth to avoid many of the ills identified by Abhat et al.

Please post your discussion as early as you can, preferably by Wednesday. Once you have posted your discussion, you will see your classmates'. Please reply or comment on two or more of your classmates' postings by the Sunday due date.

2B News analysis 3-4 pages

Please relate concepts and topics about global population growth to two (2) current news stories, from the last 6 months, that are at least a page (or 600 words) long or one minute video.

 Please select one from a “Western Media or Global North” source and the other from a “Non-Western or Global South” media source pertaining to the same topic. Western or Global North refers to the most developed (perhaps overdeveloped) countries with European influenced cultures. These include countries in North American, much of Europe, Australia and New Zealand. 'Non-western' or  'Global South' generally refers to all others in South America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, which are considered the developing or less developed countries and/or have non-European based cultures.  There is debate as to the political implications of these phrases and whether specific countries belong in what categories, for instance is Japan, a highly developed country with a non-European culture part of the global north or south?. For the purpose of this course, we will use the phrase 'western and non-western' as described above.    For example, for this assignment you might choose an article about population growth reported by the BBC (from the UK) and one in China Daily

Please include the full URL links to these articles/websites/Video clips.

Write your analysis of the news article (2-3 pages).  Address all of the questions below as best you can from the material in your two sources. If there is no material in the article to address one or more of them, please explain why not and then describe your own analysis, based on the content that is there, what you have read in the textbook, and any other knowledge source you can identify. In other words, not just your own unsupported opinions.


1. What is the objective or main message of each article?

2. What are the similarities and differences between the articles, including if they use different or contradictory data?

3. In each article what did you find most convincing and what unconvincing or not believable and why?

4. What if any actions are called for, and do they differ between the articles? Are these actions you have taken or can imagine taking? If yes, please describe how you have or might act.

Be specific in your analysis. Use examples from the news story as “text” to support/extend/illustrate your observation.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 09/02/2015 12:00 am
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