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Population & Settlement - Chapter Summary
This chapter on population and settlement can help you learn more about topics ranging from the environmental influences of human settlements to settlement hierarchy. You'll also look at the benefits of living with others instead of alone and learn to differentiate between a village and a small town. After completing the chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Discuss densely populated areas around the world
- Explain the reasons for sparse population distribution
- Identify causes of increases and decreases in the human population
- Explain the functions of human settlements
- List services in rural and urban settlements
- Recognize environmental consequences of urban land development
- Discuss the development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Our subject-matter experts present the information using plenty of examples to ensure the concepts are easy to understand. You can use the Help feature to submit questions to instructors if you get stuck on a topic. A brief multiple-choice quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge, and each video lesson is also accompanied by a text transcript.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Human Settlements: Definition & Functions
People don't live in a vacuum. We live with other people. Watch this lesson to find out about human settlements, including the two major types, and some of the functions and benefits of living with others, instead of on your own.
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.
6. Services in Early and Contemporary Rural Settlements
This lesson will seek to explain services and products in early and contemporary rural areas. In doing this, it will highlight the Industrial Revolution, commercialization, cash crops, and urbanization.
7. Services in Early and Contemporary Urban Settlements
This lesson will explain services available in early and contemporary cities. It will highlight the terms urban, rural, urbanization, division of labor, and welfare systems.
8. Settlement Hierarchy: Definition & Categories
It can be useful to understand the relationship between different places where people live. In this lesson, we're going to explore the concept of a settlement hierarchy and see what it can teach us about human settlements.
9. 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.
10. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: Environmental Case Study
This is a case study for the best practices use of an Olympic infrastructure post games-time. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is an exemplary example of how Olympic infrastructure expenditures can become an investment for the betterment of all aspects of life. NOTE: This is a case study report completed by an American, so spelling is American standard instead of British standard.
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