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Ch 46: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Human Population & the Environment

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Prepare for the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) assessment with the help of the engaging video lessons in this chapter. Strengthen your knowledge of human population and the environment then assess your readiness to take the test with lesson quizzes.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Human Population & the Environment - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides you with a comprehensive overview of human population and the environment to ensure you're prepared to tackle related questions on the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) assessment. Upon completion of the lessons, you will be prepared for questions related to:

  • Describing the environment, levels of ecology and ecosystems
  • Explaining factors that affect human population sizes, biotic potential and the carrying capacity of a population
  • Detailing the history of human population growth and Thomas Malthus' theory
  • Providing insight into population density, economic inequality, poverty and demographic transition
  • Sharing details about the population characteristics of highly developed and developing countries
  • Defining population distribution, population size and urban population growth
  • Comparing overpopulation and overconsumption

The videos in this chapter are easy to navigate and can be watched in any order, allowing you to tailor the lessons to your studying needs. They feature timelines that allow you to jump to specific topics within the videos if you need to revisit concepts you don't quite comprehend.

Objectives of the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Human Population & the Environment Chapter

The MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) assessment is a multiple-choice, subject-area test required for prospective and current educators who want a certification to teach social studies at the secondary level in Michigan schools. The test is broken into seven subareas that test your comprehension of various social studies concepts. The objective of this human population and the environment chapter is to help you prepare for the test by covering topics found in the geography subarea, which constitutes approximately 18% of the total assessment.

As you study for the test, utilize resources in this chapter to strengthen your knowledge of human population and the environment, including watching the short video lessons and reinforcing what you've learned with short lesson quizzes and a chapter exam. Access full video transcripts if you want to study the lessons in written form. If you have any questions about the chapter, instructors are ready to assist.

16 Lessons in Chapter 46: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Human Population & the Environment
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The Environment, Levels of Ecology and Ecosystems

1. The Environment, Levels of Ecology and Ecosystems

Do you know the difference between an environment and an ecosystem? In this lesson, you'll find out what makes an environment, and what makes an ecosystem. You'll also learn what ecology is and some of the ways that scientists study ecology using organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems and even the entire biosphere.

The Human Population: Factors that Affect Population Size

2. 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.

Biotic Potential and Carrying Capacity of a Population

3. Biotic Potential and Carrying Capacity of a Population

When you look around, you can see a number of different individuals and species. In this lesson, we will explore the factors that control and define how many organisms can really inhabit a particular ecosystem or habitat.

The History of Human Population Growth and Carrying Capacity

4. The History of Human Population Growth and Carrying Capacity

Most of us are used to the current size of the human population but it was not always this large. In this lesson, we will explore the history of human population growth and the future of its growth.

Thomas Malthus' Theory of Human Population Growth

5. Thomas Malthus' Theory of Human Population Growth

In this lesson, we will explore the ideas of Thomas Malthus and his predictions for the growth of the human population. We will also investigate if his predictions have come true or not.

Population Density Around the World

6. 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

7. 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.

What Is Population Density? - Definition & Measurements

8. What Is Population Density? - Definition & Measurements

This lesson will seek to explain the concept of population density. It will focus on three specific measurements of density. They are arithmetic, physiological, and agricultural density.

Economic Inequality: Differences in Developed and Developing Nations

9. Economic Inequality: Differences in Developed and Developing Nations

Not everyone has the same house, the same car, or makes the same amount of money. In this lesson, we will explore the concept of economic inequality and investigate what characteristics make a nation developed or developing.

Poverty, Carrying Capacity, Population Growth & Sustainability

10. Poverty, Carrying Capacity, Population Growth & Sustainability

Worldwide poverty is a large issue. In this lesson, we will explore how poverty influences population growth rates and how these things relate to carrying capacity and global sustainability.

What Is Demographic Transition? - Definition & Stages

11. What Is Demographic Transition? - Definition & Stages

There are many differences between non-industrial and industrial countries. In this lesson, we will explore the concept of demographic transition and the stages that guide a country through its changes into an industrial country.

Population Characteristics of Highly Developed & Developing Countries

12. Population Characteristics of Highly Developed & Developing Countries

The population of a country is based on many factors. In this lesson, we will explore several important factors that differ between developed and developing countries.

Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas

13. Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas

The distribution of people varies depending in the type of location. In this lesson, we will explore how people are distributed between rural and urban areas and how these populations have changed over time.

Population Size: Impacts on Resource Consumption

14. Population Size: Impacts on Resource Consumption

What are the things you need to survive? Humans all need resources, and in this lesson, we will discuss how the growth of the human population is influencing the natural resources we rely on.

Urban Population Growth and Compact Development

15. 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.

Overpopulation vs. Overconsumption

16. 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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