Ch 40: Human Geography & Migration

About This Chapter

Use the lessons in this chapter to familiarize yourself with the history of human migration and culture. Each lesson defines key terms in context with examples to help make the learning process quick and easy.

Human Geography & Migration - Chapter Summary

This chapter will introduce you to concepts of culture and migration through the history of humans and their movements. Each short lesson focuses on a specific subject to help you grasp important concepts and events before moving on to the next topic. By the end of this chapter, you will be able to trace the history of man's movements from the days of hunting and gathering through to today's demographics and population aspects. This chapter includes lessons on the:

  • Definition and perceptions of culture
  • Effects on human population size
  • Population density and urban growth
  • Changing American demographic
  • Human migration theories
  • The definition of a population pyramid
  • Forced and optional migration patterns and impacts

Our courses use short, engaging lessons taught by professional teachers to help ensure you get the most reliable and straightforward information on this subject. You may use the interactive quiz to determine how well you understand this chapter to help you see what elements may require further review.

9 Lessons in Chapter 40: Human Geography & Migration
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Culture: Definition & Meaning

1. 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.

Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

2. Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

The way we perceive culture - both our own and that of others - is affected by many things. In this lesson, we define and discuss the difference between perceptions of ideal culture and real culture. We also examine ethnocentrism and compare it to the idea of culture relativism.

The Human Population: Factors that Affect Population Size

3. The Human Population: Factors that Affect Population Size

The human population is constantly changing. In this lesson, we will explore the factors that cause increases and decreases in the human population, including births, deaths, immigration, and emigration.

Population Density Around the World

4. 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.

Urban Population Growth and Compact Development

5. Urban Population Growth and Compact Development

The population growth rates in urban areas are on the rise, and as more people move to cities, there are many problems that can occur. We will discuss several issues associated with this growth and also a potential method for minimizing the effects.

How Demographics Are Changing in America

6. How Demographics Are Changing in America

Learn about demographics and how they're changing in the US, specifically with respect to an aging population and increasing ethnic diversity. See how well you know the trends by taking a quiz.

The Population Pyramid

7. The Population Pyramid

In this lesson, we look at what a population pyramid is, how to read it, some interesting features about them, and what are some prototypical examples of them.

Human Migration: Definition, Reasons & Theories

8. Human Migration: Definition, Reasons & Theories

Human populations relocate for various reasons, and social scientists have explained these through a variety of theories. Explore several reasons and theories for migration, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Contemporary Migration: Forced Migration, Patterns & Impacts

9. Contemporary Migration: Forced Migration, Patterns & Impacts

This lesson will seek to explain modern migration. In doing so, it will highlight labor migration, urbanization, and forced migration. It will also highlight the term diaspora.

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