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Ch 9: MTLE Social Studies: Culture

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In this chapter, you can view 5-10 minute video lessons, read through text lessons and complete quizzes about culture to help you get ready for the MTLE Social Studies exam. These resources will help you recall the concepts you need to pass your exam.

MTLE Social Studies: Culture - Chapter Summary

This chapter of our study guide offers several options for reviewing information of culture in preparation for the MTEL Social Studies exam. You will be able to watch short but fascinating lessons that are videos and review informative text lessons about topics like cultural evolution theories, kinds of social roles and examples of the convergence theory. Short self-assessments will also provide you with a way to quickly test your memory on the concepts you've reviewed. Other topics in this chapter include:

  • Definition and types of culture
  • Distinctions between ideal culture and real culture
  • Definition of enculturation
  • Difference between caste and class

Study resources are mobile-friendly, so you don't have to be in front of a computer to utilize them. Take your self-assessments with you on the road by printing the quiz worksheets and answers for offline review.

12 Lessons in Chapter 9: MTLE Social Studies: Culture
What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture

1. What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture

Culture is a huge topic of study for sociologists. In this lesson, we define culture and distinguish between material and nonmaterial culture. As culture, nation, and society are often used interchangeably, we also distinguish between these three concepts.

Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

2. Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

The way we perceive culture - both our own and that of others - is affected by many things. In this lesson, we define and discuss the difference between perceptions of ideal culture and real culture. We also examine ethnocentrism and compare it to the idea of culture relativism.

Enculturation: Definition & Examples

3. Enculturation: Definition & Examples

Enculturation refers to the process by which we learn about our culture. Learn all about enculturation from different examples and then test your knowledge with a quiz in this lesson.

Convergence Theory: Definition & Examples

4. Convergence Theory: Definition & Examples

Theorists have speculated that as nations develop they began to converge or to develop certain traits or characteristics of other developed nations. This lesson examines different perspectives of convergence theory.

Social Roles: Definition and Types of Social Roles

5. Social Roles: Definition and Types of Social Roles

This lesson focuses on the roles that society socially constructs. We define social roles and identify examples. We also examine types of social roles and what can happen with them, including role conflict, role strain, and role exit.

Social Status: Caste vs. Class and Social Stratification

6. Social Status: Caste vs. Class and Social Stratification

Social hierarchies exist in all societies and cultures. In this lesson, we define social stratification and its characteristics. We also discuss the difference between open and closed systems, including what differentiates a caste from a class.

Interactions Between Social Majorities and Minorities

7. Interactions Between Social Majorities and Minorities

The world is a diverse place full of all sorts of people. In this lesson, we'll examine the effects of pluralism and what happens when people from different backgrounds interact, including segregation, genocide, assimilation, and miscegenation.

Theories of Cultural Evolution: Human Stages, Historical Materialism & Neo-Malthusian

8. Theories of Cultural Evolution: Human Stages, Historical Materialism & Neo-Malthusian

This lesson will seek to explain the theories of cultural evolution. In doing so, it will highlight the works of Edward Tylor, Karl Marx, and the Malthusian catastrophe of Thomas Robert Malthus.

Cultural Transmission: Definition & Theory

9. Cultural Transmission: Definition & Theory

Through this lesson, you will learn how to define cultural transmission and gain insight into the theoretical foundation and importance of the concept. When you are through with the lesson, you can test your new knowledge with a short quiz.

Cultural Differences in Attributional Patterns

10. Cultural Differences in Attributional Patterns

Why do people act the way they do? There are many factors. In this lesson, we discuss how cultural differences can determine attributional patterns. We define internal and external attributions and discuss the attributional tendencies of individualistic cultures compared to collectivistic cultures.

How Technology Affects Global & Local Cultures

11. How Technology Affects Global & Local Cultures

The following lesson will discuss the effects that technology has both on a global and local scale. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

What Is Social Cohesion? - Definition & Theory

12. What Is Social Cohesion? - Definition & Theory

Why do some groups stick together through thick and thin, and other groups fall apart at the first hurdle? Whether a group stays together or not is called group cohesion. Find out more about cohesion below.

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