Ch 30: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Human Systems

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This chapter is composed of lessons developed by Study.com experts to enhance your knowledge in preparation for your Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) Social Science Multi-Content test. Here, we discuss human systems.

MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Human Systems - Chapter Summary

Several short video lessons included here act as a refresher chapter that you can study in advance of taking the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test. These videos serve to help you answer test questions on the following lesson topics:

  • Characteristics of and studies on human and cultural geography
  • A discussion of the world's major economic powers
  • How identity and culture are affected by geographic traits
  • An examination of types of spatial processes
  • How the environment has influenced human settlements and activities
  • The impact of urban societies and today's patterns of urbanization
  • A look at distribution of people into rural settlements
  • The history and movements of prehistoric humans
  • Population migrations as a result of the Great Flood
  • Humans migrations since 1500
  • World population density
  • Comparing overpopulation to over-consumption

Each video is 5-10 minutes long, hosted by one of our subject-matter experts, and ends with a quiz to test your comprehension. For a review of anything in the lessons, refer to the accompanying transcripts or go right to the spot you want in the video via the timeline tool we provide. Another feature that comes in handy allows you to ask a question of an instructor.

13 Lessons in Chapter 30: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Human Systems
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Human & Cultural Geography: Definition, Characteristics & Studies

1. Human & Cultural Geography: Definition, Characteristics & Studies

Humans don't exist in a vacuum. We live with other humans, and we live in a specific environment. In this lesson, we'll examine human & cultural geography, including what it is, and what types of topics are studied in the field.

An Overview of Major Economic Powers of the World

2. An Overview of Major Economic Powers of the World

There are 196 countries in the world, meaning there are nearly as many economic systems. While the narrative is often 'capitalism or socialism,' in this lesson we'll learn about how many of the world's largest countries are really somewhere in the middle.

Behavioral Geography: Human Spatial Behavior

3. Behavioral Geography: Human Spatial Behavior

How do you decide whether it's worth traveling somewhere? This lesson focuses on how individuals make decisions related to spatial interactions, such as whether it's too far to travel to a place or not.

Spatial Processes: Definition & Types

4. Spatial Processes: Definition & Types

How did you end up moving to where you live right now? This lesson looks at the processes of geography that helps to explain why certain physical and cultural movement occurs, such as migration and settlement patterns.

Environmental Influences on Human Settlements & Activities

5. 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.

The Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization

6. The Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization

People live in many different places: cities, suburbs, and the country. In this lesson, we'll look at historical and modern trends having to do with cities, including how the Industrial Revolution and urban renewal programs impacted urban populations.

Distribution of People in Rural Settlements

7. Distribution of People in Rural Settlements

People live in many different environments, from big cities to isolation in the country. Watch this lesson to find out more about rural settlements, including the difference in urban and rural settlements and the pros and cons of rural settlements.

Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements

8. Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements

This lesson will seek to explain the theories concerning prehistoric human migration. In doing so, it will highlight the effects of the Ice Age on modern Homo sapiens and their migration into Eurasia and the rest of the globe.

The Great Flood and Population Migrations

9. The Great Flood and Population Migrations

The Great Flood myth has been around for over eight millennia. Could it be more than a myth? What could have caused such a flood, and what effects has it had on humans?

The Migrations of Humans Since 1500

10. The Migrations of Humans Since 1500

This lesson will explain human migration patterns since the 1500s. In doing so, it will highlight the forced migration, as well as the eras of colonization and persecution, industrialization, and 20th century migration.

Population Density Around the World

11. 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.

Sparsely Populated World Regions

12. Sparsely Populated World Regions

This lesson will explain the reasons for a sparse population distribution. In doing so, it will highlight the factors of relief, natural resources, climate, and political and economic stability. It will also give examples of sparsely populated areas.

Overpopulation vs. Overconsumption

13. Overpopulation vs. Overconsumption

How many people can the Earth support? In this lesson, we will explore population growth and some of the concerns associated with this growth, including overpopulation and overconsumption.

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