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Culture in Relation to the Physical Environment - Chapter Summary
This chapter is an excellent study resource for classes such as anthropology, sociology, urban planning, human geography, and other social studies topics. Study lessons that cover the relationships between the physical environment and culture, the timeline of human settlements (from ancient cities to modern cities), and projections about the future of global societies. Once you have completed these lessons, you should be able to:
- Trace the history of human settlement and describe the characteristics of ancient agrarian settlement
- Compare and contrast the characteristics of urban and rural human settlements
- Explain how the environment and climate affect where humans build cities or villages
- Describe the major functions that settlements offer people
- Provide definitions and examples of urbanization, suburbanization, and urban renewal
- Explain how global climate change and pollution is expected to affect the environment and humanity
If you add this chapter to your personalized Study.com plan, you'll receive a one-of-a-kind review over the intersection between our physical world and how various configurations of societies. Our multimodal delivery of material via video lessons, text outlines, and lesson quizzes allows our students to learn best through their preferred strategies. You can return to any lesson in the sequence to review challenging content whenever you'd like, and you can gauge your own comprehension through our self assessments.
1. Human Settlements: Definition & Functions
People don't live in a vacuum. We live with other people. Watch this lesson to find out about human settlements, including the two major types, and some of the functions and benefits of living with others, instead of on your own.
2. Types of Human Settlements: Definitions & Comparisons
Most people don't live completely alone. They live in cities, towns, and rural areas near others. In this lesson, we'll examine types of human settlements, including common settlement designations and some of the challenges in categorizing settlements.
3. Environmental Influences on Human Settlements & Activities
After watching this video, you will be able to explain the environmental reasons why humans settled where they did, both historically and more recently. A short quiz will follow.
4. Distribution of People in Rural Settlements
People live in many different environments, from big cities to isolation in the country. Watch this lesson to find out more about rural settlements, including the difference in urban and rural settlements and the pros and cons of rural settlements.
5. The Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization
People live in many different places: cities, suburbs, and the country. In this lesson, we'll look at historical and modern trends having to do with cities, including how the Industrial Revolution and urban renewal programs impacted urban populations.
6. Global Environmental Issues: Types & Treaties
The following lesson defines and then discusses examples of global environmental issues, such as global climate change and pollution. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
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