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Ch 36: Human Systems & Culture

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This chapter centers around numerous key concepts involved in human systems and culture. This material will be preparing you to apply relevant knowledge on the inner workings of the cultures of human beings by means of video and text lessons taught by professional instructors.

Human Systems & Culture - Chapter Summary

This chapter looks at the influences of human systems and culture from a variety of angles, providing teachers with the tools to translate these topics effectively in the classroom. By the end of the chapter, you'll have reviewed the geography of religion, cultural diffusion, and the world's major languages, as well as each of the following topics:

  • Global interrelatedness
  • The effect of geography on culture, civilizations, and conflict
  • Spatial association and cultural traits
  • The impact of culture on a geographic region
  • Cultural ecology and environmental determinism
  • Human migration
  • Environment and human settlement
  • The effect of science, technology, and economic activity on societies

The printable practice quizzes accompanying each lesson make it easy to check your comprehension of one subject before tackling another. And once you're through the entire chapter, the practice final exam will give you the opportunity to take stock of your understanding on a more complete level. You can also contact an expert instructor with any questions that might come up throughout the study process.

12 Lessons in Chapter 36: Human Systems & Culture
Global Interrelatedness: Demographic, Political, Economic & Cultural

1. Global Interrelatedness: Demographic, Political, Economic & Cultural

As technology and social networks continue to grow, the global community becomes more interrelated. This leads to increased demographic, political, economic, and cultural dynamics internationally, as well as concerns that must be communicated and mitigated carefully and regularly.

The Impact of Geography on Culture, Civilizations & Conflict

2. The Impact of Geography on Culture, Civilizations & Conflict

In this lesson we briefly explore the massive impact geography has had on human civilization, from its very beginnings to the cultural pursuits we enjoy to the conflicts that sculpt human history.

Spatial Association of Culture Regions: Definition, Distinctions & Influences

3. 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.

Cultural Influence on a Geographic Region: Vocabulary

4. Cultural Influence on a Geographic Region: Vocabulary

How does a culture spread? And how can we study the way that culture changes across physical space? In this lesson, we'll look at two approaches to cultural geography: the core-domain-sphere model and culture regions and realms.

The World's Major Languages: Development & Diffusion

5. The World's Major Languages: Development & Diffusion

Can you guess the most widely spoken languages in the world? This lesson will explore the evolution of languages and how linguists aim to understand them.

Geography of Religion: Political & Social Impacts

6. Geography of Religion: Political & Social Impacts

In this lesson, you'll consider why geographers take an interest in the religions of people around the world. We'll also discuss how conflicts arise between groups with different beliefs and experiences.

Environmental Determinism and Cultural Ecology: Definitions, Relation & Adaptation

7. Environmental Determinism and Cultural Ecology: Definitions, Relation & Adaptation

How do cultures develop? How does the environment influence culture? In this lesson, we'll examine some of the historical and contemporary approaches to those questions, including environmental determinism and cultural ecology.

The Push & Pull Factors of Human Migration

8. The Push & Pull Factors of Human Migration

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what human migration is and give examples of push and pull factors that can be involved. A short quiz will follow.

Cultural Diffusion: Definition, Expansion & Popular Cultures

9. 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.

Environmental Influences on Human Settlements & Activities

10. 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.

Factors that Affect Economic Development: Population, Conflict, Geography & the Environment

11. Factors that Affect Economic Development: Population, Conflict, Geography & the Environment

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what economic development is and describe some of the factors that affect economic development and how they do so. A short quiz will follow.

How Science, Technology & Economic Activity Shape Societies

12. How Science, Technology & Economic Activity Shape Societies

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how science, technology and economic activity have shaped human societies, from the agricultural revolution to the Industrial Revolution to the digital age. A short quiz will follow.

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