Ch 6: The Components of Culture

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to view lessons about the components of culture. Learn the definition of culture, social effects of the geography of a region, and more. Demonstrate your knowledge of the subjects by taking short quizzes at the end of each lesson.

The Components of Culture - Chapter Summary

The world is filled with many different cultures, and this chapter will help you understand the components of them through engaging video lessons. Brief quizzes will be used to see how much you know about the subject. These mobile-friendly lessons will define culture and religion, and introduce you to the following:

  • Terminology associated with the elements of culture, cultural artifacts, and buildings
  • Dialects of languages
  • Letters and symbols included in written languages
  • Social effects of the geography of a region
  • Types of monotheism including Christianity and Judaism
  • Hinduism, Buddhism, and other kinds of nontheism
  • Definition of animism and shamanism

VideoObjective
What Makes a Culture? - Vocabulary Explore the definition of culture.
Elements of Culture: Vocabulary Discover the parts of culture.
Cultural Artifacts & Buildings: Vocabulary Analyze culture's effects on artifacts and buildings.
Language and Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects Study the parts of different languages by region.
The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & SymbolsAnalyze the expression of languages from various parts of the world.
Religion: Key Concepts & Definitions Explore the meaning of religion and concepts behind it.
Geography of Religion: Political & Social ImpactsExamine beliefs and altercations between people in different parts of the world.
Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & ChristianityUnderstand the definition and types of monotheism.
Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism Study the beliefs behind types of nontheism.
Animism & Shamanism: Definitions, World Views, Ideologies Discover the foundations of animism and shamanism.

11 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Components of Culture
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Makes a Culture? - Vocabulary

1. What Makes a Culture? - Vocabulary

When you think of culture, you probably get a mix of images in your head, which might include things like ceremonies, dress, and food. But what really makes a culture? Watch this lesson to find out more about culture traits, complexes, and hearths.

Elements of Culture: Vocabulary

2. Elements of Culture: Vocabulary

What makes a culture unique? What do people within a culture believe and think? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the elements that make up a culture, including the intangible aspect of mentifacts and the difference in popular and folk cultures.

Cultural Artifacts & Buildings: Vocabulary

3. Cultural Artifacts & Buildings: Vocabulary

Have you ever noticed how cities around the world can look very different from each other? In this lesson, we'll examine the ways that culture can influence the environment, including built environment, cultural landscape, and cultural/environmental perception.

Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

4. Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

Do you know what lolly water is? How about gym boots? In this lesson, you'll consider how word choices, accent and pronunciation are all part of our use of language and how this varies by region.

The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

5. The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

In this lesson, we explore how written language is expressed in different areas of the world. You'll see examples of other languages that operate with their own characteristics to document information important to that culture.

Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions

6. Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions

Sociologists strive to study every aspect of religion in an objective way. In this lesson, we define religion and identify key concepts that are found in religion. We also discuss the difference between churches, sects, and cults.

Geography of Religion: Political & Social Impacts

7. 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.

Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

8. Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

In this lesson, we define monotheism and identify three significant monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We also discuss the ideology of each of these three religions.

Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

9. Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

Not all religions focus on the belief (or disbelief) in a particular deity. In this lesson, we define nontheism and discuss the ideologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Animism & Shamanism: Definitions, Worldviews & Ideologies

10. Animism & Shamanism: Definitions, Worldviews & Ideologies

In this lesson, we look at the basics of animism and shamanism and why these categories can be controversial. You'll imagine the conversations among anthropologists as they aim to better understand these beliefs.

What is Sikhism? - Definition, History & Facts

11. What is Sikhism? - Definition, History & Facts

This lesson explores the history and details of Sikhism, the fifth-largest religion in the world. Within, you'll learn how the religion was founded, what followers believe, and some history of the faith through the leadership of their ten Gurus.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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