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Societal & Cultural Changes - Chapter Summary
Human history up until this point can be understood in terms of changes in society and culture. If you would like to learn about this subject, you can go through this chapter and read or watch these text and video lessons. Each of these lessons will cover a different topic on the ways in which societies have evolved over time.
Use these lessons to learn about major historical themes needed to understand societal and cultural changes, as well as some of the most specific examples of these changes throughout history. Each lesson is taught by an experienced instructor who will go over all relevant points in a concise and comprehensive format. Review these lessons to learn about:
- Recurring themes in history
- The influence of the Enlightenment
- Protestantism and Liberation Theology
- Economic evolution and the agricultural and industrial revolutions
- Science and social changes
- Technological changes since World War II
- How cultures change
When watching the video lessons, you can use the video tags to locate and jump to the main points for that specific topic. The chapter also includes complete transcripts of each video for you to study on your own time. Make sure that you use your personal Dashboard to keep track of your learning progress as you complete each lesson.
1. Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization
In this lesson, we will examine some recurring themes throughout history. We will see how societal migration, cultural transformation, conflicts, industrialization, and other trends help facilitate historical development.
2. Influence of the Enlightenment on Democratic Thought
In this lesson, we will learn about the impact the Enlightenment has had upon democracy. We will see how the Enlightenment helped shape modern democratic thinking.
3. Religion and Social Change in Protestantism and Liberation Theology
Religion can, at times, be a powerful agent for social change. In this lesson, we discuss two examples of the dichotomy between religion and the secular world, including Max Weber's book, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, as well as the concept of liberation theology.
4. The Evolution of Economy: Changes from the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions
Explore how the economy has evolved from the agricultural era into a postindustrial society during the second agricultural revolution and the industrial revolution; how changes in technology and settlements impacted the workforce and economic power; and the primary, secondary, and tertiary economic sectors.
5. How Science Has Changed Society
Without science, our modern world just wouldn't be the same. The way we travel, shop, learn, socialize, eat, work, and play is possible because of scientific influences and innovations. Take a look around, and you'll see science pretty much everywhere!
6. Sputnik to the Internet: How Technology and Science Have Changed Society since WWII
In this lesson, we will highlight critical scientific and technological advances since the end of World War II. We will explore the profound effects these advances had upon society.
7. How do Cultures Change?
The culture of a society is not stagnant. It can change under certain situations. This lesson will provide examples and discuss both outside influences and factors within society that can cause cultural change.
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