Ch 48: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Human & Cultural Geography

About This Chapter

As you prepare for the WEST-E Middle Level Humanities exam, review the lessons of this chapter to improve your understanding of the study of spacial processes, the spread of culture and relationships between geography and culture.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Human & Cultural Geography - Chapter Summary

The contents of this chapter have been brought together to improve your understanding of the studies of movements in human populations and culture. Watch this series of short, engaging lesson videos to review the influence of geography on the spread and diffusion of cultures, populations densities and migration. After this chapter you should have a firm understanding of:

  • Types of spatial processes
  • Influences of spatial associations of culture regions
  • Spatial interactions and human movement
  • Relationship between geographic region and culture
  • Functions of human settlements
  • Different population distributions in rural and urban areas
  • Patterns and impacts of contemporary migration

If you feel you would benefit from an alternative review of the material, try reading the lesson transcripts that present the same material but in a written format. After reviewing the lessons, use the quizzes that accompany them to test your understanding of the information and discover topics you haven't mastered. Once you've found these areas of weakness, reinforce your understanding of them by using the video tags to return to the lessons.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Human & Cultural Geography Chapters Objectives

Prospective educators in the state of Washington take the Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsements (WEST-E) Middle Level Humanities to demonstrate their mastery over middle grades social studies and language arts. WEST-E Middle Level Humanities is a certification exam made up of two subtests, with 55 multiple-choice questions each. You have the option to take these subtests together in one 2.5-hours testing session or two 1.25 hours testing sessions. Thirty-three percent of the second subtest consists of geography and social studies questions. Use the activities of this chapter to prepare for possible questions about human and cultural geography in this section.

9 Lessons in Chapter 48: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Human & Cultural Geography
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Human & Cultural Geography: Definition, Characteristics & Studies

1. Human & Cultural Geography: Definition, Characteristics & Studies

Humans don't exist in a vacuum. We live with other humans, and we live in a specific environment. In this lesson, we'll examine human & cultural geography, including what it is, and what types of topics are studied in the field.

Spatial Processes: Definition & Types

2. Spatial Processes: Definition & Types

How did you end up moving to where you live right now? This lesson looks at the processes of geography that helps to explain why certain physical and cultural movement occurs, such as migration and settlement patterns.

Spatial Association of Culture Regions: Definition, Distinctions & Influences

3. Spatial Association of Culture Regions: Definition, Distinctions & Influences

Have you ever noticed that people who live near water eat a lot of fish? Or that rainforests are in areas that have a lot of rain and high temperatures? In this lesson, we'll look at spacial associations in geography, as well as how they relate to culture.

Spatial Interaction Through Movement: Causes & Examples

4. Spatial Interaction Through Movement: Causes & Examples

In this lesson, you'll consider how geographers examine the flow of products, information, and people. You'll also learn what spatial interaction has to do with you wanting to see your favorite group in concert.

Cultural Influence on a Geographic Region: Vocabulary

5. Cultural Influence on a Geographic Region: Vocabulary

How does a culture spread? And how can we study the way that culture changes across physical space? In this lesson, we'll look at two approaches to cultural geography: the core-domain-sphere model and culture regions and realms.

Cultural Diffusion: Definition, Expansion & Popular Cultures

6. Cultural Diffusion: Definition, Expansion & Popular Cultures

In this lesson, we'll use the examples of viral videos, hip hop, and yoga to explore how culture is diffused and expanded. We'll also look at how the Internet impacts our understanding of popular culture.

Human Settlements: Definition & Functions

7. 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.

Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas

8. Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas

The distribution of people varies depending in the type of location. In this lesson, we will explore how people are distributed between rural and urban areas and how these populations have changed over time.

Contemporary Migration: Forced Migration, Patterns & Impacts

9. Contemporary Migration: Forced Migration, Patterns & Impacts

This lesson will seek to explain modern migration. In doing so, it will highlight labor migration, urbanization, and forced migration. It will also highlight the term diaspora.

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