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Students will learn:
- Definition and meaning of culture
- Spatial association of cultural regions and areas
- Ethnic identity
- Changes in culture
- Population density and growth
- Changes in populations
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1. What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture
Culture is a huge topic of study for sociologists. In this lesson, we define culture and distinguish between material and nonmaterial culture. As culture, nation, and society are often used interchangeably, we also distinguish between these three concepts.
2. What Makes a Culture? - Vocabulary
When you think of culture, you probably get a mix of images in your head, which might include things like ceremonies, dress, and food. But what really makes a culture? Watch this lesson to find out more about culture traits, complexes, and hearths.
3. Culture: Definition & Meaning
In this lesson, we'll cover what sociologists and anthropologists are referring to when they use the term culture. You'll also learn about the elements that create a culture.
4. 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.
5. Ethnic Identity: Definition and Development
The term ethnic identity refers to the group with which an individual identifies. This lesson will discuss ethnic identity and the way it emerges and changes throughout the lifespan.
6. How do Cultures Change?
The culture of a society is not stagnant. It can change under certain situations. This lesson will provide examples and discuss both outside influences and factors within society that can cause cultural change.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Population Change from Aging, Death, and Migration
Fertility, mortality and migration are principal determinants of how a population can change, and they are at the very core of demographic studies. In this lesson, we will discuss how a population can change from fertility (birth), mortality (death), and migration.
10. Population Growth: Demographic Transition and Malthusian Theories
Population growth is not as simple as watching the total number of humans rise each year. This lesson explores how the experts actually calculate population growth rates, and how different theories explain why various regions of the world experience population growth changes in such different ways.
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Other chapters within the Holt McDougal Introduction to Geography: Online Textbook Help course
- Holt McDougal Introduction to Geography Chapter 1: A Geographer's World
- Holt McDougal Introduction to Geography Chapter 2: Planet Earth
- Holt McDougal Introduction to Geography Chapter 3: Climate, Environment & Resources
- Holt McDougal Introduction to Geography Chapter 4: The Word's People - Government, Economy & Global Connections