Ch 42: NYSTCE Social Studies: Human Systems

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In this chapter is a comprehensive overview of human systems you can use to prepare for the NYSTCE Social Studies assessment. Watch engaging video lessons to strengthen your knowledge, then test your comprehension with short quizzes.

NYSTCE Social Studies: Human Systems - Chapter Summary

Get the refresher you need to ensure you're able to answer human systems questions on the NYSTCE Social Studies assessment. After exploring the lessons in this chapter, you will be ready for the following:

  • Defining and explaining the expansion and popular cultures of cultural diffusion
  • Describing material culture in sociology, environmental determinism and cultural ecology
  • Explaining cultural influence on a geographic region
  • Sharing the development and diffusion of the world's major languages
  • Providing details about the geography of religion and distribution patterns of economic activities
  • Identifying factors that affect economic development
  • Examining state as a concept and cooperation among states

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10 Lessons in Chapter 42: NYSTCE Social Studies: Human Systems
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Cultural Diffusion: Definition, Expansion & Popular Cultures

1. 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.

Material Culture in Sociology: Definition, Studies & Examples

2. Material Culture in Sociology: Definition, Studies & Examples

In this lesson, we look at the study of material objects, and how they take on meaning in a culture. You'll learn about insights that can be gained by studying material culture and consider examples, such as cell phones, bicycles, and the Stanley Cup trophy.

Environmental Determinism and Cultural Ecology: Definitions, Relation & Adaptation

3. 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.

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.

Distribution Patterns of Economic Activities

7. Distribution Patterns of Economic Activities

After watching this video, you should be able to describe what determines the distribution of economic activities, both historically and currently. A short quiz will follow.

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

8. 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.

State as a Concept: Definition, Development, & Size

9. State as a Concept: Definition, Development, & Size

This lesson will seek to explain the concept of a state. In doing so, it will highlight legitimate power, traditional authority, rational authority, and a federal system of states.

Cooperation Among States: Political, Military & Economic Alliances

10. Cooperation Among States: Political, Military & Economic Alliances

This lesson will seek to explain the political cooperation among states. In doing so, it will define the terms 'treaty' and 'state,' as well as explore military and economic alliances.

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