Ch 50: CLEP Social Sciences and History: International Relations Concepts

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Learn about international relations by watching our quick, entertaining video lessons. Take a short assessment after each video to gauge your mastery of the concepts.

CLEP Social Sciences and History: International Relations Concepts - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

There are numerous views and concepts to consider when discussing international politics. These short video lessons will give you an overview of the theories that frame our view of international relations and explain some of the factors that play into global politics. You will get an overview of the goals of international relations and examine global treaties. You will also examine modernization and globalization and consider their impact. In addition, these videos will:

  • Examine sovereignty and discuss failed states
  • Consider globalization and compare its effects in the global North and global South
  • Explore the concepts of hegemony, polarity, and the balance of power
  • Compare the realist, liberalist and constructivist views of human rights
  • Examine the effects of imperialism and colonialism
  • Consider nationalism as a factor in global politics and its implications

Video Objective
What Is International Relations? Get a general overview of international relations.
Globalization & Politics Define globalization and study its effects.
Sovereignty in World Politics Explain sovereignty and its role in international politics.
Power & Polarity in the International System Explore the factors affecting global politics.
Imperialism & Colonialism in the International System Examine the effects of imperialism and colonialism in global politics.
Human Rights Treaties, Humanitarian Intervention & Political Mindsets Learn about the two treaties that codify human rights laws and explore humanitarian intervention.
The Politics of Balkanization Define and discuss balkanization.
Modernization, Development & Politics Explore modernization and development theories.
How Nationalism Impacts World Politics Define nationalism and examine its effects on global politics.

9 Lessons in Chapter 50: CLEP Social Sciences and History: International Relations Concepts
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What Is International Relations?

1. What Is International Relations?

The study of international relations is becoming ever more important as our world becomes more interconnected. In this lesson, you'll learn about what international relations is and some important related concepts.

Globalization & Politics

2. Globalization & Politics

The term 'globalization' gets tossed about quite a lot, but what exactly does it mean? In this lesson, you'll learn what globalization is and how it can affect states and their citizens. We'll also discuss the North-South gap. A quiz follows.

Sovereignty in World Politics

3. Sovereignty in World Politics

The primary players in international politics are sovereign states. In this lesson, you'll learn about the concept of state sovereignty in the international system and related concepts. You'll also have an opportunity to take a short quiz.

Power & Polarity in the International System

4. Power & Polarity in the International System

In the world of international affairs, international actors vie for the power to pursue their interests and stop those actors who are a threat to their interests. In this lesson, you'll learn about power, the balance of power and polarity in the international system.

Imperialism & Colonialism in the International System

5. Imperialism & Colonialism in the International System

Throughout history, major political powers in the international system turned to imperialism and colonialism to increase their wealth and power. In this lesson, you'll learn more about imperialism and colonialism and the impact it has on political communities.

Human Rights Treaties, Humanitarian Intervention & Political Mindsets

6. Human Rights Treaties, Humanitarian Intervention & Political Mindsets

The international community acknowledges the existence of certain universal human rights. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the international community seeks to enforce these rights and hold sovereign states accountable for their violation.

The Politics of Balkanization

7. The Politics of Balkanization

In this lesson, you'll learn about balkanization, including what it is and how it affects international politics. A short quiz follows to check your understanding.

Modernization, Development & Politics

8. Modernization, Development & Politics

The current disparity in international development, wealth and resources across the globe makes economic development an important international issue for the 21st century. In this lesson, you'll learn about development and its relation to international politics.

How Nationalism Impacts World Politics

9. How Nationalism Impacts World Politics

Nationalism has the ability to provide tremendous benefits to a society, but also the capacity to wreak devastation if its power is misused. In this lesson, we'll take a look at nationalism's impact on the world stage.

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