Ch 19: Concepts of International Relations: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Concepts of International Relations chapter of this Political Science Help and Review course is the simplest way to master international relations concepts. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of international relations.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help understanding introductory political science material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding how colonialism, globalization, imperialism and politics influence the international system.
  • Need an efficient way to learn about concepts of international relations.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra political science learning resources at school.

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Concepts of International Relations chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Concepts of International Relations chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

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?

11 Lessons in Chapter 19: Concepts of International Relations: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is International Relations?

1. What Is International Relations?

International relations is the study of the interactions of different nations and organizations around the world. Learn about the definition of international relations and explore the schools of thought and other subfields of international relations.

Globalization & Politics

2. Globalization & Politics

Globalization and politics are directly connected in a number of ways. In this lesson, review the definition of globalization, consider its dimensions, and understand what the North-South gap is.

Sovereignty in World Politics

3. Sovereignty in World Politics

Sovereignty is a self-governed state that can act independently in world politics. Explore the definition and implications of sovereignty and how a sovereign state can become a failed state.

Power & Polarity in the International System

4. Power & Polarity in the International System

Power and polarity play crucial roles in international relations and trade in the international system. Learn what power is on an international scale, the factors affecting it, and explore the balance of power and polarities of power distribution in history.

Imperialism & Colonialism in the International System

5. Imperialism & Colonialism in the International System

In the international system, powerful states use different forms of imperialism or colonialism to increase their economic, political, and cultural power. Learn how to define imperialism and colonialism, explore their effects, and examine how neoimperialism achieves similar goals without military conflicts.

Human Rights Treaties, Humanitarian Intervention & Political Mindsets

6. Human Rights Treaties, Humanitarian Intervention & Political Mindsets

Human rights are the subject of many different debates and political mindsets. In this lesson, look at human rights and state sovereignty, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, two key treaties on this topic, and humanitarian intervention.

The Politics of Balkanization

7. The Politics of Balkanization

Balkanization, a process of fragmentation of a political unit into smaller and mutually hostile political units, has been politicized throughout history. Learn more about the politics of balkanization, where the terms come from, and how it has been used.

Modernization, Development & Politics

8. Modernization, Development & Politics

Development is influenced by various economic and political factors. Unpack the theories that attempt to explain and improve the standard of living in lesser-developed countries, namely the modernization theory, the world-systems theory, and the dependence theory.

Less-Developed Countries & Obstacles to Development

9. Less-Developed Countries & Obstacles to Development

Lesser-developed countries experience low economic growth compared to other nations and face various hurdles to development. Learn more about lesser-developed countries and the social, political, economic, and financial obstacles that they must overcome to advance.

How Nationalism Impacts World Politics

10. How Nationalism Impacts World Politics

World politics are greatly impacted by nationalism, which is a person's identification and loyalty to one's nation. In this lesson, explore the definition of nationalism and nation-building, positive and negative traits of nationalism, and growth of new nationalist parties.

United Arab Emirates: Government, Language & Religion

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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