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27 February 2009 @ 12:49 pm
Taking a poll  
Ok....need to write an essay 1500 words (so that's what...6 pages?) for my Health and Population course...taking a poll, which one do you think i should do?  #1 seems like it would probably be the easiest to talk at length about, but if he turns out to want actual econ i'm screwed, #2 looks interesting but i have 0 background knowledge and #3  i have a lot of info on, but would have to figure out a specific angle to take (well that's true with all of them really).


1.      It is predicted that the impact of AIDS in reducing life expectancy at birth in SSA from 1980 to 2010 will be an average of 10 years. What are the socio-economic consequences of this impact for these countries?

3.      Discuss the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of elderly people in developing countries today?

4.      ‘There are many characteristics of contemporary city life that increase the risks of various diseases and health disorders’ (McMichael, 2000). In what ways does urban living affect health in developing societies?  

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(Anonymous) on February 27th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
The one labeled 4 seems to be the topic that would give you the most space to work with, as well as a wide variety of case studies you could use. Though I suppose all of them could do that potentially.
starlady38 on February 27th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
I feel like 3 and 4 have the most potential.

ETA: Oh hey, is that your dad writing the My Turn essay in the Newsweek of 3/2? Pretty cool.

Edited at 2009-03-08 03:39 am (UTC)
Shara - The Ever Lost Adventurermy_wanderlust_ on March 8th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Yup. I haven't seen the article but I know he wrote one. His response was 'it's been a long time since I got called Mengele' he tends to write them extra-inflammatory like ;p
starlady38 on March 9th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
It read like a longer version of that NY Times piece you linked to a while back; I liked it a lot.

Who's Mengele? I shall have to get Wikipedia to tell me. oh for god's sake.


Edited at 2009-03-09 02:22 am (UTC)
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Shara - The Ever Lost Adventurermy_wanderlust_ on February 27th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
a moderately better than passing grade ;p it's unassessed so it doesn't really count, but is a decent opportunity for review.
vacant.muse: dave navarroduskshadows on February 28th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
i vote four also!
and man, what i wouldn't give to have only 1500 word essays again. jeez...