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Human Development & Interactions - Chapter Summary
How much do you know about how anthropology, psychology and sociology relate to the development and interactions of humans? This chapter can help you find out! Review fun lessons to learn more about the philosophies and theories behind culture, identity and ways individuals interact. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be able to:
- Understand basics of the anthropology field
- Describe the five main approaches that guide modern psychology
- Discuss sociology's four theoretical perspectives
- Define and discuss philosophies on the development of personal identity
- Share the meaning of culture, and differentiate between material and nonmaterial culture
- Provide the definition of cultural transmission
- Explain the history of directed cultural change
- Detail the inner workings of social institutions
- List forms of social change
Each lesson in this chapter is available in two formats: videos or full transcripts. Video lessons average about 8 minutes each and provide fun visual effects that make learning about human development and interactions fun. Full transcripts allow you to print the lessons and take additional notes about concepts covered. Below each video is a clickable timeline you can use to skip to important topics within the lesson. Self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam are also available to test your knowledge of lesson concepts.
1. Understanding the Field of Anthropology
This lesson offers a brief overview of the field of anthropology and explains terms like 'Homo sapien' as well as the works of Charles Darwin and Franz Boas.
2. What Is Psychology?
Psychology is the scientific study of how we think, feel and behave. In this lesson, you'll get an overview of the five main approaches that have guided modern psychological research.
3. Sociology's Four Theoretical Perspectives: Structural-Functional, Social Conflict, Feminism & Symbolic Interactionism
Theories are an essential part of the framework used to organize specific social phenomena within the social sciences. This lesson introduces the four major theoretical perspectives in sociology, including structural-functional, social conflict, feminism, and symbolic interactionism.
4. What Is Personal Identity? - Definition, Philosophy & Development
This lesson explores philosophies of personal identity and digs into several key theories on this topic. You will think about questions of human existence that have been debated throughout history and are still debated today.
5. 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.
6. Cultural Transmission: Definition & Theory
Through this lesson, you will learn how to define cultural transmission and gain insight into the theoretical foundation and importance of the concept. When you are through with the lesson, you can test your new knowledge with a short quiz.
7. What is Directed Cultural Change? - Definition and History
This lesson discusses the impact of aiming to change the ways of another human culture. We'll look at the historical background of this topic, as well as how anthropologists tend to view directed cultural change today.
8. Social Institutions: Definition & Examples
Explore the inner workings of how societies establish subsystems that facilitate their survival. Learn about how each of these institutions contributes to the overall functioning of a society.
9. What is Social Change? - Forms & Definition
Social change is the transformation of culture and social institutions over time. Learn more about the definition and history of social change and test your knowledge with a quiz.
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