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SIM Country People and Society is an Assignment where you unpack the terms people and society and compare the peoples and societies of three countries.

Estimated Time

An estimated 90 minutes is needed to complete this activity.

What is people and society?

People are society encompasses the broad concepts of national identity, demography, and societal characteristics.

According to the CIA World Factbook, people and society includes entries dealing with national identity (including ethnicities, languages, and religions), demography (a variety of population statistics) and societal characteristics (health and education indicators).

  1. Population
  2. Nationality
  3. Ethnic group
  4. Languages
  5. Religions
  6. Demographic profile
  7. Age structure
  8. Dependency ratios
  9. Median age
  10. Population growth rate
  11. Birth rate
  12. Death rate
  13. Net migration rate
  14. Population distribution
  15. Urbanization
  16. Major urban areas population
  17. Sex ratio
  18. Maternal mortality rate
  19. Infant mortality rate
  20. Life expectancy at birth
  21. Total fertility rate
  22. Contraceptive prevalence rate
  23. Drinking water source
  24. Current Health Expenditure
  25. Physicians density
  26. Hospital bed density
  27. Sanitation facility access
  28. HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate
  29. HIV/AIDS people living with HIV/AIDS
  30. HIV/AIDS deaths
  31. Major infectious diseases
  32. Obesity adult prevalence rate
  33. Education expenditures
  34. Literacy
  35. School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)
  36. Unemployment, youth ages 15-24

Why is people and society important in Comparative Politics?

People and society are important to comparative politics for at least two reasons.

First, the people and society are intertwined with government because national identity, demography, and societal characteristics can shape, and be shaped by, government behaviors and policies. For example, in countries with a homogenous (same) ethnicity, language, and religion between people, we tend to observe stable governments and actions over time. In countries with heterogenous (different) ethnicities, languages, and religions between people, governments may not be as stable, or policy conflicts are more common given the uniqueness between different communities that comprise the country.

Second, people and society are the fabric of a country. While complex, and to some degree difficult to compare, it is important to consider how ethnicities, languages, and religions, or population statistics, or health and economic indicators vary between countries, and how these rooted features interact with government, political geography, and the economy.


Step 1: Select two countries, which are different from the prior Government, Political Geography, and Economy assignments, to learn about their people and society

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  • Select two new and different countries that you want to learn more about

Step 2: Review the

Step 3: Explain each of the following comparisons in 3 or more sentences

  • Compare people and society of country 1 to the United States
  • Compare people and society of country 2 to the United States
  • Compare people and society of country 1 to country 2

Step 4: Make a list of the four different countries you have compared so far

  • At this point, your list should have 8 countries total: 2 from Government, 2 from Political Geography, 2 from Economy, and 2 from this People and Society assignment