Outcome: The Evolution of Societies

Describe of the evolution of societies

In this section, you’ll learn about how societies are classified according to their development and use of technology. For most of human history, people lived in preindustrial societies characterized by limited technology and low production of goods. After the Industrial Revolution, many societies based their economies around mechanized labor, leading to greater profits and a trend toward greater social mobility. At the turn of the new millennium, a new type of society emerged. This postindustrial, or information, society is built on digital technology and nonmaterial goods.

What You’ll Learn To Do:

  • Describe the role of environment on preindustrial societies
  • Describe the difference between preindustrial, industrial, and postindustrial societies


The learning activities for this section include:

  • Reading: Types of Societies
  • Self-Check: The Evolution of Societies