Ch 43: NYSTCE Social Studies: New York State Geography

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Learn about New York state geography in this chapter of the NYSTCE Social Studies exam study guide. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes teach you all you need to know about geography for teaching social studies courses in New York.

NYSTCE Social Studies: New York State Geography - Chapter Summary

As part of your studies for the NYSTCE Social Studies exam, the lessons in this chapter explore New York state geography, including climate and land use, factors influencing city land use, and the rise of urban societies. Current patterns of urbanization, urban population growth and compact development are also discussed. Additionally, by the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • Urban land development and suburban sprawl
  • The theory of demographic transition
  • Identity and human grouping
  • How cultural diversity promotes cross-cultural understanding
  • How science, technology and economic activity shape societies

Knowledgeable instructors walk you through each subject and are available to answer any questions you may have. Short, engaging video lessons make the material fun and interesting, and the jump feature lets you skip directly to main subjects within the videos.

9 Lessons in Chapter 43: NYSTCE Social Studies: New York State Geography
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New York State: Geography, Climate & Land Use

1. New York State: Geography, Climate & Land Use

New York's geography was mostly formed by glaciers that covered the state thousands of years ago. Learn how glacial movement shaped the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes, and the major waterways in New York State, and how that has affected land use ever since.

City Land Use: Economy, Social Factors & Government

2. City Land Use: Economy, Social Factors & Government

Land is at a premium in urban areas, and choices have to be made about how to use different parcels of city land. In this lesson, we'll look at different factors that affect city land use, including government, physical, social, and economic factors.

The Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization

3. 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.

Urban Population Growth and Compact Development

4. 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.

Urban Land Development and Suburban Sprawl: Environmental Consequences

5. Urban Land Development and Suburban Sprawl: Environmental Consequences

In the past, most people lived in rural areas. There has been a shift in recent years towards urban and suburban living. Not only has this shift changed where more people reside, it has also had many environmental consequences.

The Theory of Demographic Transition: Overview

6. The Theory of Demographic Transition: Overview

Populations change over time. The growth or decline of a population can have an effect on the quality of life for people within that population. In this lesson, you'll learn about the theory of demographic transition, which is a model used to study and predict population changes.

Identity and Human Grouping: Cultural, Ethnic, Racial & Gender

7. Identity and Human Grouping: Cultural, Ethnic, Racial & Gender

This lesson will seek to explain the different human groupings of culture, race, ethnicity, and gender. In doing so, it will discuss how these terms are and are not tied to biological and physical traits.

How Cultural Diversity Promotes Cross-Cultural Understanding

8. How Cultural Diversity Promotes Cross-Cultural Understanding

Having a diverse society has many benefits, even if it comes with some challenges. This lesson discusses some of the specific ways that cultural diversity can promote understanding across cultures.

How Science, Technology & Economic Activity Shape Societies

9. 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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