World Systems Theory: Core vs. Peripheral Societies


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Periphery countries are often referred to as third-world countries. How are these countries characterized?

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1. A _____ country is gaining economic wealth while still being occasionally exploited by other countries.

2. All of the following factors have led to changes in the world economic system, EXCEPT:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

World Systems Theory is a hierarchical economic system between countries. This quiz and worksheet will check your understanding of the vocabulary associated with this theory as well as characteristics of countries involved in this dynamic relationship.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students taking this quiz must demonstrate understanding of the following information:

  • Distinguishing differences between country types
  • The concept of World Systems Theory
  • The characteristics of core countries

Skills Practiced

Students taking this quiz will practice these skills related to World Systems Theory:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define World Systems Theory
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the different types of countries according to the theory
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the three-level hierarchy of World Systems Theory

Additional Learning

Read the lesson titled World Systems Theory: Core vs. Peripheral Societies to learn more about this topic. The lesson's main objectives are:

  • Understand Immanuel Wallerstein's theory as an ever-changing and dynamic relationship between countries
  • Examine the role of exploitation between different countries
  • Identify external areas that do not operate within the parameters of World Systems Theory
  • Explain influential factors that contributed to the origination of this system of interaction