Ch 2: Prehistory & Early Civilizations

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The video lessons across this chapter highlight major developments from prehistory. A number of questions you may be asked on the CSET Social Science test are covered by these lessons.

CSET Social Science: Prehistory - Chapter Summary

Go over the fun videos to reinforce your understanding of key issues concerning prehistoric civilizations in order to boost your readiness for pertinent CSET Social Science test items. The lessons' content provides you with effective preparation for any test questions on:

  • What interglaciation refers to
  • The agricultural revolution
  • How aristocracies and theocracies are different
  • The prevalence of prehistoric figurines of mother goddesses
  • Development of the first villages and cities
  • The creation of roads and the use of chariots in ancient civilizations

Having the flexibility of using either computers or mobile devices, you can check out the chapter's videos from any location where you can get online. Find any specific parts that you want to view again with the convenient video tags. You can verify your understanding of each lesson by taking the practice quizzes across the chapter.

CSET Social Science: Prehistory Chapter Objectives

The CSET Social Science test examines your subject knowledge for the purpose of teacher certification. The Prehistory chapter's lessons are geared toward subtest I, including the world history and world geography content domains. The vast majority of items written for this subtest are in multiple-choice format. You'll come across 35 multiple-choice questions from the world history content and four from the world geography domain. In combination, these two domains generate three items that have a constructed-response format.

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: Prehistory & Early Civilizations
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The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

1. The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

What is an ice age? How did the latest period of glaciation form our species? How has the abundance of this latest period of interglaciation changed our behavior? Watch this lesson to find out.

Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History

2. Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History

This lesson will explore society's need for hierarchies, as well as kinship as a basis of hierarchical structures. Various forms of hierarchy will be briefly explored and...spoiler alert...they all come back to kinship.

Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess

3. Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess

What kind of problems do we encounter when talking about ancient religions? What are the Mother Goddess figures, and where do they pop up throughout history? Watch this lesson to learn about one of the earliest forms of religious worship.

The Great Flood and Population Migrations

4. The Great Flood and Population Migrations

The Great Flood myth has been around for over eight millennia. Could it be more than a myth? What could have caused such a flood, and what effects has it had on humans?

Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

5. Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

In this video lesson, you'll meet Uruk, a lone farmer living in ancient Mesopotamia. As Uruk tries to become a successful farmer, he realizes the difficulties in sustaining a fruitful farm without the help of a community. Watch to understand how these difficulties contributed to the creation of villages and cities throughout history.

Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

6. Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

Learn some of the tools of the empire creation trade. In this video lesson, we'll explore the wall as a tough nut to be cracked, the strategic importance of roads and the advances made possible by bronze.

The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

7. The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

Horses were first used in warfare to pull chariots. Though horses were eventually ridden by cavalry, it was the chariot that first moved soldiers faster than man. In this lesson, you'll learn about the creation of the chariot, and its benefits during wartime.

Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

8. Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

This lecture examines the downsides and limits of settled agriculture and civilization. It then explores how 'civilized' forces are able to displace other systems. Horse people are introduced as a counterpoint to civilization and nomadic pastoralism as a successful alternative method of living. Finally it follows the conflict between nomadic pastoralists and settled agriculturalists throughout history.

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