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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What is the definition of globalization, and how does it influence politics?
- How do modernization, nationalism and sovereignty affect world politics?
- What terms are used to discuss polarity and power in the global environment?
- Which two treaties formalized human rights laws?
- What is the definition of balkanization and its relationship to politics?
- What challenges face less-developed countries in the international system?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. Less-Developed Countries & Obstacles to Development
Most of the world's population lives in lesser-developed countries struggling to develop and rise out of poverty. In this lesson, you'll learn about some of the major hurdles facing these countries in their quest to develop.
10. 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.
11. United Arab Emirates: Government, Language & Religion
The United Arab Emirates has quickly risen to be one of the most important economic centers of the Middle East. In this lesson, we'll see what life is like in this nation.
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