India: Population Challenges


World Cultures South and Southeast Asia India: Population Challenges
Students learn about India's huge population. They work with population data to calculate population density and review other measures of a country's development. They use layered maps to explain settlement patterns. Then they discuss the question of "overpopulation or underproduction?" and take a stand on the issue.

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Overview:

In this experience, students learn about India’s huge population. They work with population data to calculate population density and review other measures of a country’s development. They use layered maps to explain settlement patterns. Then they discuss the question of “overpopulation or underproduction?” and take a stand on the issue.

Students should be divided into small groups for the first four scenes.

Objectives:

  • Explain India's patterns of settlement.
  • Identify problems caused by India’s huge population.


India has the second largest population of any country on the planet. Currently, almost one out of every six people on Earth is from India. Experts project that by 2030—if not sooner—India’s population will pass that of China. In this experience, you will examine this huge population and some of the challenges it presents.

Objectives:

  • Explain India's patterns of settlement
  • Identify problems caused by India’s huge population.




Old Delhi, India


India has the second largest population of any country, second only to China. Just how crowded is India?

Go to the World Factbook.

You will need to use the Geography and the People and Society sections for both India and the United States to gather data.




If students use a calculator, it may not let them enter enough digits for India’s population. Point this out to them if their numbers are way off from the expected values.


Compare the population density of India to the United States. About how many more people live on every square kilometer of land?

A) about two times as many
B) about five times as many
C) about ten times as many
D) about fifty times as many

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