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Ch 47: MTLE Social Studies: Social, Political & Economic Systems

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Getting ready for the MTLE Social Studies exam doesn't have to be difficult if you utilize this chapter. It contains details about social, political and economic systems, which will be covered on the test.

MTLE Social Studies: Social, Political & Economic Systems - Chapter Summary

Tackle topics like cultural diffusion and geography of religion by watching our video lessons. This chapter also prepares you for MTLE Social Studies exam questions on the following:

  • The world's major languages
  • Material culture in sociology
  • Cultural ecology and environmental determinism
  • Economic activities and their distribution patterns
  • State as a concept
  • Military and economic alliances

Our video lessons are interactive, and they come equipped with lesson quizzes. These quizzes let you check your understanding so you can see what topics you need to work on, if any, before taking the exam. Progressing through these lessons isn't difficult because they have an average length of only about eight minutes.

12 Lessons in Chapter 47: MTLE Social Studies: Social, Political & Economic Systems
Cultural Diffusion: Definition, Expansion & Popular Cultures

1. Cultural Diffusion: Definition, Expansion & Popular Cultures

In this lesson, we'll use the examples of viral videos, hip hop, and yoga to explore how culture is diffused and expanded. We'll also look at how the Internet impacts our understanding of popular culture.

The World's Major Languages: Development & Diffusion

2. The World's Major Languages: Development & Diffusion

Can you guess the most widely spoken languages in the world? This lesson will explore the evolution of languages and how linguists aim to understand them.

Geography of Religion: Political & Social Impacts

3. Geography of Religion: Political & Social Impacts

In this lesson, you'll consider why geographers take an interest in the religions of people around the world. We'll also discuss how conflicts arise between groups with different beliefs and experiences.

Material Culture in Sociology: Definition, Studies & Examples

4. Material Culture in Sociology: Definition, Studies & Examples

In this lesson, we look at the study of material objects, and how they take on meaning in a culture. You'll learn about insights that can be gained by studying material culture and consider examples, such as cell phones, bicycles, and the Stanley Cup trophy.

Environmental Determinism and Cultural Ecology: Definitions, Relation & Adaptation

5. Environmental Determinism and Cultural Ecology: Definitions, Relation & Adaptation

How do cultures develop? How does the environment influence culture? In this lesson, we'll examine some of the historical and contemporary approaches to those questions, including environmental determinism and cultural ecology.

Cultural Influence on a Geographic Region: Vocabulary

6. Cultural Influence on a Geographic Region: Vocabulary

How does a culture spread? And how can we study the way that culture changes across physical space? In this lesson, we'll look at two approaches to cultural geography: the core-domain-sphere model and culture regions and realms.

Distribution Patterns of Economic Activities

7. Distribution Patterns of Economic Activities

After watching this video, you should be able to describe what determines the distribution of economic activities, both historically and currently. A short quiz will follow.

Factors that Affect Economic Development: Population, Conflict, Geography & the Environment

8. Factors that Affect Economic Development: Population, Conflict, Geography & the Environment

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what economic development is and describe some of the factors that affect economic development and how they do so. A short quiz will follow.

State as a Concept: Definition, Development, & Size

9. State as a Concept: Definition, Development, & Size

This lesson will seek to explain the concept of a state. In doing so, it will highlight legitimate power, traditional authority, rational authority, and a federal system of states.

Cooperation Among States: Political, Military & Economic Alliances

10. Cooperation Among States: Political, Military & Economic Alliances

This lesson will seek to explain the political cooperation among states. In doing so, it will define the terms 'treaty' and 'state,' as well as explore military and economic alliances.

How Science, Technology & Economic Activity Shape Societies

11. How Science, Technology & Economic Activity Shape Societies

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how science, technology and economic activity have shaped human societies, from the agricultural revolution to the Industrial Revolution to the digital age. A short quiz will follow.

Identity and Human Grouping: Cultural, Ethnic, Racial & Gender

12. Identity and Human Grouping: Cultural, Ethnic, Racial & Gender

This lesson will seek to explain the different human groupings of culture, race, ethnicity, and gender. In doing so, it will discuss how these terms are and are not tied to biological and physical traits.

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