Ch 23: Contemporary Global Challenges

About This Chapter

This overview of contemporary global challenges helps you to review information about land degradation, social inequality, and more. The brief lessons in this chapter can be a valuable resource to use when getting ready for a test or completing homework.

Contemporary Global Challenges - Chapter Summary

As you go through these lessons on contemporary global challenges, you can get a better understanding of why it's important to effectively manage land and natural resources. Our instructors also discuss problems associated with producing crops and terrorism as a threat to the modern world. By the end of the chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Discuss the impact of industrialized agriculture on the environment
  • Detail why land and natural resources are important to economic development
  • Explain the concept of economic inequality
  • List causes and effects of poverty
  • Explain how the international community endeavors to enforce human rights
  • Discuss al-Qaeda and ISIL

Our instructors provide examples and illustrations to help you better understand contemporary global challenges. Each lesson includes a brief quiz to assess how much of the content and details you can recall. Additionally, you can make the most of the chapter by printing the quiz for quick reference.

6 Lessons in Chapter 23: Contemporary Global Challenges
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Land Degradation and Habitat Fragmentation: The Environmental Impacts of Industrialized Agriculture

1. Land Degradation and Habitat Fragmentation: The Environmental Impacts of Industrialized Agriculture

Although we all need food to survive, the methods we use to produce that food can be problematic. In this lesson, we will explore how industrialized agriculture negatively impacts the environment and, as a result, makes the land less productive in producing crops and livestock.

Land & Natural Resources: Scarcity & Allocation

2. Land & Natural Resources: Scarcity & Allocation

This lesson explores the importance of two very unique resources to economic development: land and natural resources. It explains how land can last forever, while some natural resources can run out. That said, both require expert management.

Economic Inequality: Differences in Developed and Developing Nations

3. Economic Inequality: Differences in Developed and Developing Nations

Not everyone has the same house, the same car, or makes the same amount of money. In this lesson, we will explore the concept of economic inequality and investigate what characteristics make a nation developed or developing.

What Is Social Inequality in Sociology? - Definition, Effects & Causes

4. What Is Social Inequality in Sociology? - Definition, Effects & Causes

Social inequality is the existence of unequal opportunities and rewards for different social positions or statuses within a group or society. Let's examine some causes and effects of poverty and test our knowledge with a quiz.

Human Rights Treaties, Humanitarian Intervention & Political Mindsets

5. 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.

Terrorism Around the World

6. Terrorism Around the World

In this lesson, you'll explore the major terrorist threats of the modern world, including both al-Qaeda and ISIL. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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