Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities, 11th Edition (Fellmann)

Chapter 11: Urban Systems and Urban Structures

Objectives for Chapter 11

After reading and studying this chapter, you should be able to:

1. Summarize the history of urban growth around the world and describe the current pattern of the world's largest cities.

2. Describe the origins of human settlements.

3. Explain the differences among the terms city, town, suburb, urbanized area, and metropolitan area.

4. Describe the functions of cities and explain the difference between basic and nonbasic sectors of a city's economy.

5. Distinguish between countries that follow the rank-size rule and those that are dominated by a primate city.

6. Explain Central Place Theory and discuss its importance.

7. Discuss how land use is determined within the city.

8. Compare and contrast the basic models of urban land use structure.

9. Summarize and discuss surbanization in the United States.

10. Explain and discuss the problems of central cities.

11. Compare and contrast cities in the developed and developing worlds.
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