DSS 201: Population Theories and Patterns

History of World Population growth: Palaeolithic to early historic period, population of the ancient to modern times, population growth in the modern period. Introduction to population Theories: The development of population theories- the ancient and medieval writings. The Malthusian population theory. The Classical and Neo-classical schools of economics and population theory. Socialists and Marxist writings, Early socialists, Karl Marx, Engels, Post Marxian Socialists. The vital revolution in the West. Mortality and Fertility trends and natural increase. Demographic changes in developing countries. The Nigerian Population Scheme.