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Ch 14: Concepts of International Relations

About This Chapter

Take a look at this chapter's fun lessons and quizzes to review a variety of international relations concepts. These simple lessons and self-assessments are designed for students who need to catch up in a political science class or study for upcoming exams.

Concepts of International Relations - Chapter Summary

Work through this chapter at your own pace to review basic international relations topics. After defining the purpose and functions of international relations, you'll explore topics like imperialism, nationalism, globalization, colonialism and modernization. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you check your understanding of the material. Access the chapter at any time, and be sure to submit questions to our instructors if you need any extra help. After you've watched all the lessons in this chapter, you'll be equipped to:

  • Define international relations
  • Assess the role of sovereignty in world politics
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various types of power in international relations
  • Explain concepts pertaining to modernization development and politics
  • Identify developmental obstacles that less-developed countries encounter
  • Understand how imperialism and colonialism have influenced the international system
  • Describe the impact of nationalism on world politics
  • Summarize issues regarding politics and globalization

8 Lessons in Chapter 14: Concepts of International Relations
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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.

Sovereignty in World Politics

2. 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.

Types of Power in International Relations: Strengths & Weaknesses

3. Types of Power in International Relations: Strengths & Weaknesses

How do nations interact to share or maintain power? In this lesson, we'll look at three kinds of power in international relations and see what each has looked like throughout history.

Modernization, Development & Politics

4. 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.

Less-Developed Countries & Obstacles to Development

5. 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.

Imperialism & Colonialism in the International System

6. 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.

How Nationalism Impacts World Politics

7. 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.

Globalization & Politics

8. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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