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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
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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