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Ch 21: International Relations

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Watch the video lessons in this chapter and improve your knowledge of international relations. Take a look at major theories in the field as well as key concepts like human rights, sovereignty, colonialism and modernization.

International Relations - Chapter Summary

The purpose of this chapter's engaging video lessons is to strengthen your understanding of international relations concepts and terms. Our instructors explain exactly what international relations involves and why it matters. You'll watch lessons that explore the impact of imperialism, nationalism and globalization in the global community. You will also take a look at some of the obstacles that lesser-developed countries (LDCs) face. By the time you finish studying the videos, you should be able to:

  • Identify major schools of thought in international relations
  • Describe the dimensions of globalization
  • Define the concept of sovereignty
  • Understand the roles of power and polarity in international affairs
  • Recognize the impact of colonialism and imperialism within the international system
  • Explain how universal human rights are enforced
  • Discuss modernization and development challenges in LDCs
  • Address the effects of nationalism in world politics

Typically under 10 minutes in length, our video lessons make reviewing international relations topics entertaining and convenient. In addition to watching the lessons, you can read them; we provide transcripts -- which highlight key terms -- with all of our videos. Take the self-assessment lesson quizzes to see how well you've grasped the chapter's material.

9 Lessons in Chapter 21: 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.

Globalization & Politics

2. 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.

Sovereignty in World Politics

3. 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.

Power & Polarity in the International System

4. Power & Polarity in the International System

In the world of international affairs, international actors vie for the power to pursue their interests and stop those actors who are a threat to their interests. In this lesson, you'll learn about power, the balance of power and polarity in the international system.

Imperialism & Colonialism in the International System

5. 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.

Human Rights Treaties, Humanitarian Intervention & Political Mindsets

6. 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.

Modernization, Development & Politics

7. 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

8. 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.

How Nationalism Impacts World Politics

9. 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.

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