Ch 76: Understanding Human Settlement Patterns

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Go over some main points on human settlement patterns by watching these video lessons. This chapter will review the evolution of cities, rural population distribution, and the development of cities, among other significant aspects of human settlement patterns throughout history.

Understanding Human Settlement Patterns - Chapter Summary

Included in this chapter are helpful video lessons that will review some main points related to the subject of human settlement patterns. The lessons will help you better understand the ways in which human populations migrate, and the different types of human settlements relevant to social sciences. Some of the subtopics you will learn about are:

  • The definition and functions of human settlements
  • The invention of cities
  • Population distributions in rural settlements
  • The types of human settlements and their comparisons
  • The use of city land
  • U.S. suburbs
  • Current patterns of urbanization
  • Inner cities in the U.S.

Each lesson is taught by an instructor with particular expertise in these areas. You can also find practice quizzes that you can use to assess your knowledge of these topics after you've watched the video lessons. Make sure you use your Dashboard to track your progress as you go through each lesson, so you can see how much you've learned!

8 Lessons in Chapter 76: Understanding Human Settlement Patterns
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Human Settlements: Definition & Functions

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.

Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

2. 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.

Distribution of People in Rural Settlements

3. 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.

Types of Human Settlements: Definitions & Comparisons

4. 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.

City Land Use: Economy, Social Factors & Government

5. 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.

Suburbs in the U.S.: Characteristics & Common Issues

6. 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.

The Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization

7. 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.

U.S. Inner Cities: Characteristics & Challenges

8. 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.

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