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Ch 25: International Relations - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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Improve upon your knowledge of international relations by looking through the material in this chapter. Our lessons, quizzes and study aids will boost your preparation for the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: International Relations - Chapter Summary

Set aside some time to review all of the lessons in this chapter, helping you get ready for the MTEL exam. The following topics will be discussed in this chapter on international relations:

  • State and non-state actors
  • The birth of NATO
  • European Union expansion
  • The UN's role in international politics
  • History and purpose of the OPEC
  • The history of the IMF
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Religious movements in international politics

The aforementioned topics in these lessons will be addressed on the exam to some degree, so it's to your benefit to use our resources. Our videos lessons average between five and ten minutes in length, and you can watch them anytime on a computer or mobile device. There's also a text transcript of every lesson, with key concepts and terms highlighted.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: International Relations Chapter Objectives

In order to obtain a license to teach political science in Massachusetts, you must take and pass the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam. It features different sections, and the materials in this chapter are part of the subarea 3 section of the exam. This portion makes up 15% of the entire test.

You will be asked to answer multiple-choice questions. In order to effectively prepare for these questions, you can review these lessons multiple times. Once you do, you can check your understanding by taking advantage of the lesson quizzes.

13 Lessons in Chapter 25: International Relations - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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State & Non-State Actors in International Politics

1. State & Non-State Actors in International Politics

While states still reign supreme on the world stage, they are by no means the only significant actors playing the game of international politics. In this lesson, you'll learn about state and non-state actors on the world stage.

The United Nations' History & Role in International Politics

2. The United Nations' History & Role in International Politics

One of the most influential and far-reaching intergovernmental organizations in the world today is the United Nations. In this lesson, you'll learn about the United Nations, including its history, structure, and role in international politics.

The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO

3. The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO

In this lesson, we explore the foreign policy of the U.S. and Western Europe directly after WWII. We will look at its theory of containment regarding communism, and the birth of NATO.

European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines

4. European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines

In this lesson, we briefly explore the piecemeal formation of the EU and discuss the nature of the Union today and its role as the political authority for most of Europe.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF): History & Purpose

5. The International Monetary Fund (IMF): History & Purpose

International stability requires economic stability. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the International Monetary Fund helps establish economic stability by examining its history and purpose. A short quiz follows.

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC): History & Purpose

6. Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC): History & Purpose

Oil is an indispensable and scarce commodity required for energy and modern products. A world without it would look drastically different. In this lesson, you'll learn about the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, including its history and purpose.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as International Political Actors

7. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as International Political Actors

States aren't the only actors on the world stage. Nongovernmental organizations play an important role in our international system. In this lesson, you'll learn what nongovernmental organizations are and how they affect the world. A short quiz follows.

Multi-National Corporations as International Political Actors

8. Multi-National Corporations as International Political Actors

Multinational corporations are serious players on the world stage. In fact, they are often more influential than many states. In this lesson, you'll learn about multinational corporations and their role in international relations. A short quiz follows.

Terrorist & Criminal Organizations as International Political Actors

9. Terrorist & Criminal Organizations as International Political Actors

The globalization process doesn't just involve business. Criminals and terrorists have 'gone global,' too. In this lesson, you learn about terrorists and transnational criminal organizations as actors on the world stage.

Indigenous People's Movements, Governments & International Politics

10. Indigenous People's Movements, Governments & International Politics

The Age of Discovery introduced European explorers to new worlds to settle. These lands really weren't new - they were already inhabited, but that didn't matter. In this lesson, you'll learn about indigenous people's movements and their relation to international politics.

The Role of Religious Movements in International Politics

11. The Role of Religious Movements in International Politics

Religion has reentered the world of international relations with religious-based terrorist groups. However, religious movements are not limited to acts of terror. You'll learn about the role of religious movements in international politics.

Tools of Foreign Policy

12. Tools of Foreign Policy

This lesson will explain some of the different tools used in foreign policy. It will focus on diplomacy, sanctions, containment, collective security, deterrence, and military force.

The Economics of National Security Policy

13. The Economics of National Security Policy

The national security interest of the United States is broad, complex and involves far more than mere military security. In this lesson, you'll learn how economics fits into the overall national security policy of the United States.

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