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Settlement Patterns Overview - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our instructors define human settlement and explain what its functions are. How people are distributed in rural settlements is presented, as well as the different types of human settlements with comparisons between them. A detailed discussion of city land use and patterns of urbanization follows.
As you continue through the chapter, you will read more about metropolitan-area and U.S. urban structures including the concentric zone and multiple nuclei models. These lessons will help you to:
- Define human settlement
- Compare different types of settlements
- Explain some of the common issues that arise in U.S. suburbs
- Describe patterns of urbanization
- Detail the challenges faced in U.S. inner cities
- Differentiate between U.S. urban structure models and those used in other countries
- Identify land use issues and how they relate to central business districts
- Outline how villages become cities
Our teachers aim to make sure that the learning process is fun. Use the quizzes and tests to measure how well you understand the lesson and determine where you might need to focus further study. If you need help as you read through the chapter, contact one of our instructors for additional help.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Types of Human Settlements: Definitions & Comparisons
Most people don't live completely alone. They live in cities, towns, and rural areas near others. In this lesson, we'll examine types of human settlements, including common settlement designations and some of the challenges in categorizing settlements.
4. 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.
5. Suburbs in the U.S.: Characteristics & Common Issues
Many people want to live near a city but prefer the quiet and space offered outside the city. In this lesson, we'll explore suburbs in the United States, including the peripheral model, and trends, characteristics, and common issues of suburbs.
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.
7. U.S. Inner Cities: Characteristics & Challenges
When people use the phrase 'inner city,' what do they mean? What is the inner city? Watch this lesson to find out the formal and euphamistic definitions of inner city, including characteristics of and some issues facing inner city neighborhoods.
8. Urban Structure Models: United States vs. Abroad
Much of the world's population lives in cities. But are they the same all over the world? In this lesson, we'll take a look at urban areas, including how different countries define an urban area and demographic differences in cities around the world.
9. Metropolitan Area, Physical City & City Center
Millions of people live in cities around the world, but what exactly are the different sections of an urban area? In this lesson, we'll explore the components of an urban area, including metropolitan area, physical city, and city center.
10. Downtown, the Central Business District: Land Use Issues in the U.S. & Abroad
When people picture a city skyline, they are often picturing the downtown area. In this lesson, we'll explore downtown areas, including their relationship to the central business district of a city and characteristics of them.
11. U.S. Urban Structures: Concentric Zone, Sector & Multiple Nuclei Models
How are cities organized? This is a central question that has been explored for almost a century. In this lesson, we'll look at three of the common models to explain urban structures in America: the Burgess model, the sector model, and the multiple nuclei model.
12. Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented
In this video lesson, you'll meet Uruk, a lone farmer living in ancient Mesopotamia. As Uruk tries to become a successful farmer, he realizes the difficulties in sustaining a fruitful farm without the help of a community. Watch to understand how these difficulties contributed to the creation of villages and cities throughout history.
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- The Progressive Era
- American Imperialism
- The Roaring 20s
- The Great Depression
- America & World War II
- America in the Cold War
- US Protests, Activism & Civil Rights
- 1970s America
- The Presidents of Contemporary America
- Explaining American Traditions
- 21st Century America (1992-2013)
- Elements of American Government
- U.S. Public Policy & Social Programs
- The Economics of Public Policies
- Fiscal & Economic Policy of American Government
- Employment and Unemployment Issues
- Modern Economic Systems Overview
- Types and Effects of Inflation
- Global Trade, Global Markets & Macroeconomics
- Principles and Basis of Business Decisions
- International Trade Treaties & Regulations
- Fundamentals of Geography
- Geography and Farming
- Geography & the Global Economy
- Political Geography Overview
- World Population
- Human and Cultural Migration