Ch 1: Geography Literacy

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Reviewing with this chapter on geography literacy is the perfect way to shore up your fundamental understanding of geography, featuring a series of simple-to-follow lessons narrated by professional instructors.

Geography Literacy - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides a thorough examination of various concepts and components of geography, rounding out your understanding of the subject as well as the different approaches and angles to its study. These lessons will address distance, direction, scale, geographical similarities, and cultural diffusion. Additionally, by the end of this chapter, you'll have polished and added to your knowledge of:

  • Defining geography and its contemporary approaches
  • Relative and absolute location
  • Forms of regions
  • State shapes
  • Culture regions and spatial association
  • Differentiating between spatial distribution and density
  • Spatial processes and interaction
  • Behavioral and time geography

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14 Lessons in Chapter 1: Geography Literacy
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What is Geography? - Definition, Facts & Types

1. What is Geography? - Definition, Facts & Types

This lesson will define and explore the study of geography. In doing this, it will also explain the two main branches of geography, which are physical and cultural geography.

Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

2. Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

If geographers study people and places, exactly how do they look at the information they find? In this lesson, we'll examine contemporary approaches to studying geography, including spatial, area, locational, and systems analysis.

Understanding Distance, Direction & Scale

3. Understanding Distance, Direction & Scale

If you're lost in the rainforest with a map, you'll need to know how to use that map. Learn about some basic concepts that you need to know to read a map: distance, direction, and scale. Then take a quiz to see how prepared you are for the wild.

Geographical Similarities: Scale, Space & Place

4. Geographical Similarities: Scale, Space & Place

You've probably heard, and even used, the words 'space' and 'place.' But do you know what they mean in the field of cultural geography? In this lesson, we'll look at how geographers define areas, including space, place, and scale.

Relative vs. Absolute Location in Geography

5. Relative vs. Absolute Location in Geography

Location is important in geography. But what's the difference between absolute and relative location? In this lesson, you will learn the distinction between these two types of location. A short quiz following the lesson will allow you to test your knowledge.

Types of Regions: Formal, Functional & Vernacular

6. Types of Regions: Formal, Functional & Vernacular

There are many different ways to divide land up into regions. In this lesson, we'll look at the common types of regions in geography, including formal regions, functional regions, and vernacular regions.

Shapes of States: Compact, Prorupted, Perforated & More

7. Shapes of States: Compact, Prorupted, Perforated & More

This lesson will seek to explain and identify the many shapes that states can be found in. In doing so, it will define the word state and the importance of sovereignty.

Spatial Association of Culture Regions: Definition, Distinctions & Influences

8. Spatial Association of Culture Regions: Definition, Distinctions & Influences

Have you ever noticed that people who live near water eat a lot of fish? Or that rainforests are in areas that have a lot of rain and high temperatures? In this lesson, we'll look at spacial associations in geography, as well as how they relate to culture.

The Difference Between Spatial Distribution & Density

9. The Difference Between Spatial Distribution & Density

Spatial distribution and density are both methods used to describe populations. And while they are related, they are not the same. In this lesson you will learn about both, as well as how they are different from each other.

Spatial Processes: Definition & Types

10. Spatial Processes: Definition & Types

How did you end up moving to where you live right now? This lesson looks at the processes of geography that helps to explain why certain physical and cultural movement occurs, such as migration and settlement patterns.

Behavioral Geography: Human Spatial Behavior

11. Behavioral Geography: Human Spatial Behavior

How do you decide whether it's worth traveling somewhere? This lesson focuses on how individuals make decisions related to spatial interactions, such as whether it's too far to travel to a place or not.

Spatial Interaction Through Movement: Causes & Examples

12. Spatial Interaction Through Movement: Causes & Examples

In this lesson, you'll consider how geographers examine the flow of products, information, and people. You'll also learn what spatial interaction has to do with you wanting to see your favorite group in concert.

Cultural Diffusion: Definition, Expansion & Popular Cultures

13. 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.

Time Geography: Torsten Hagerstrand's Works

14. Time Geography: Torsten Hagerstrand's Works

This lesson will explain time geography and the works of Torsten Hagerstrand. In doing so, it will highlight the effect of past decisions as well as capability, coupling, and authority constraints.

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