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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What are some of the major factors that influence population size?
- What do the terms biotic potential and carrying capacity mean?
- How have the historical aspects of human population growth changed over time?
- How are populations concentrated and distributed around the globe?
- In what ways do developing and highly developed populations differ?
- What is the difference between overconsumption and overpopulation?
1. The Human Population: Factors that Affect Population Size
The human population is constantly changing. In this lesson, we will explore the factors that cause increases and decreases in the human population, including births, deaths, immigration, and emigration.
2. Biotic Potential and Carrying Capacity of a Population
When you look around, you can see a number of different individuals and species. In this lesson, we will explore the factors that control and define how many organisms can really inhabit a particular ecosystem or habitat.
3. The History of Human Population Growth and Carrying Capacity
Most of us are used to the current size of the human population but it was not always this large. In this lesson, we will explore the history of human population growth and the future of its growth.
4. Thomas Malthus' Theory of Human Population Growth
In this lesson, we will explore the ideas of Thomas Malthus and his predictions for the growth of the human population. We will also investigate if his predictions have come true or not.
5. Economic Inequality: Differences in Developed and Developing Nations
Not everyone has the same house, the same car, or makes the same amount of money. In this lesson, we will explore the concept of economic inequality and investigate what characteristics make a nation developed or developing.
6. Poverty, Carrying Capacity, Population Growth & Sustainability
Worldwide poverty is a large issue. In this lesson, we will explore how poverty influences population growth rates and how these things relate to carrying capacity and global sustainability.
7. What Is Demographic Transition? - Definition & Stages
There are many differences between non-industrial and industrial countries. In this lesson, we will explore the concept of demographic transition and the stages that guide a country through its changes into an industrial country.
8. Population Characteristics of Highly Developed & Developing Countries
The population of a country is based on many factors. In this lesson, we will explore several important factors that differ between developed and developing countries.
9. Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas
The distribution of people varies depending in the type of location. In this lesson, we will explore how people are distributed between rural and urban areas and how these populations have changed over time.
10. Population Size: Impacts on Resource Consumption
What are the things you need to survive? Humans all need resources, and in this lesson, we will discuss how the growth of the human population is influencing the natural resources we rely on.
11. Urban Population Growth and Compact Development
The population growth rates in urban areas are on the rise, and as more people move to cities, there are many problems that can occur. We will discuss several issues associated with this growth and also a potential method for minimizing the effects.
12. Overpopulation vs. Overconsumption
How many people can the Earth support? In this lesson, we will explore population growth and some of the concerns associated with this growth, including overpopulation and overconsumption.
13. Symbolic Interactionism in Sociology: Definition, Criticism & Examples
This lesson describes a way of looking at the world that focuses on communication, meaning and symbols. You'll review a real-world example of this approach and explore the criticisms from those who prefer other sociological methods.
14. Population Density Around the World
This lesson will explain the concept of population density. In doing this, it will discuss sparsely versus densely populated areas. It will also identify the primary and secondary population clusters of the world.
15. Sparsely Populated World Regions
This lesson will explain the reasons for a sparse population distribution. In doing so, it will highlight the factors of relief, natural resources, climate, and political and economic stability. It will also give examples of sparsely populated areas.
16. What Is Population Density? - Definition & Measurements
This lesson will seek to explain the concept of population density. It will focus on three specific measurements of density. They are arithmetic, physiological, and agricultural density.
17. Navajo Tribe: Facts, History & Culture
The essay will provide a historical framework for the modern Navajo culture, including their pre-Columbian traditions and the changes they have made to survive their eventual conquest by the United States.
18. Class Structure: Definition & Concept
Society is divided into three major class structures: the lower class, middle class, and upper class. The following lesson explores the differences between each class structure and how each is characterized in the United States.
19. Crude Birth Rate: Definition & Calculation
Have you ever considered the number of babies born in a given year or population? In this lesson, learn what crude birth rate is, how it is calculated, and look at some examples.
20. Distributive Justice: Definition, Theory, Principles & Examples
This lesson will define distributive justice and explore aspects of it such as its theoretical practice and import principles. Examples will be provided, and a test will follow.
21. Environmental Determinism: Definition, Examples & Theory
In this lesson, we will discuss the theory of environmental determinism and its argument for the effect the environment has on the human behavior and social development. Following this, you'll be able to test your knowledge with a quiz.
22. Fertility Rate: Definition & Calculation
We all know what fertility means in our own lives, either from personal experience or learned in school or life. Ever think about the fertility rate, or wonder what it is? Read on to find out what fertility rate means, how it is calculated, and why we even want to know.
23. Gemeinschaft: Definition & Examples
This lesson explores Gemeinschaft, which is a German word for community. Learn more about this concept developed by the German sociologist Ferdinand Tonnies to explain different kinds of social groups.
24. Thomas Robert Malthus: Biography & Theory
Thomas Robert Malthus was an English scholar best known for his theory of population growth, in which he argued that a population could outgrow its resources if left unchecked. In this lesson, we will discuss his life and most influential work.
25. What Is a Social Class? - Definition & Concept
The United States has what is known as a class system, and it is composed of various social classes based on a variety of dimensions. Let's learn more about the class system of the United States, and test our knowledge with a quiz.
26. What Is Demography? - Definition & Significance
In this lesson, we'll talk about demography and demographics and how they are used by various organizations. We'll also consider the advantages and disadvantages of using them. Then you can test yourself with a short quiz.
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