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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the MTTC Social Studies (Elementary): Practice & Study Guide course
- Social Science Basics
- Social Science Inquiry & Research
- Historical Text & Information Analysis
- Early Civilizations & Cultures
- Contributions & History of Ancient Greece
- Rise of the Roman Republic
- Development of Religions
- Islamic Culture
- Fall of the Roman Empire
- Ancient China
- Early Civilizations in the Americas
- Feudalism in Europe & the Early Middle Ages
- Renaissance & Reformation
- European Expansion (1450-1750)
- Scientific & Political Revolutions Since 1700
- European Imperialism
- Settling North America & the Colonies
- Events & Leaders of the American Revolution
- Early Evolution of American Government
- 19th Century American Expansion & Reform
- The American Civil War
- After the Civil War: Reconstruction
- American Industrialization of the Late 19th Century
- American Imperialism
- A World at War - WWI
- 1920s America
- America and the Great Depression
- Significant Events of World War II
- Post-WWII World Cultures & Politics (1946-1959)
- Developments & Movements Since 1945
- Events & Presidents During the Cold War (1950-1973)
- Michigan History
- Basic Geography Concepts
- Effects of Humans on the Environment
- Geography of the Eastern Hemisphere
- Geography of the Western Hemisphere
- Impact of Politics on Geography
- Inter-Continental Organizations
- International Treaties, Agreements & Organizations
- Government & Political Systems
- Important Speeches & Documents in US History
- US Government, Political Process & Citizenship
- History of Political Parties in the U.S.
- US Policy Making
- US Legal System & Landmark Supreme Court Cases
- Business and the Economy
- Basics of International Economics
- Analyzing Democratic Values