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International Relationships & Foreign Policy - Chapter Summary
View brief but fun video lessons and read short texts about human rights treaties. Take quick multiple-choice quizzes to test your memory of the history of the United Nations. When you've completed this chapter you will be well-informed on the following:
- Definition of international relations
- Impact of globalization on politics
- Imperialism and colonialism
- Human rights treaties
- History of the United Nations and international politics
- State and non-state actors including terrorist and criminal organizations
You can find information about your instructors at the top of the transcripts, and you can also ask them questions about the lesson topics. The lesson transcripts make great study tools both on and off-line. They contain bold printed keywords which you can use to create a vocabulary list. Use the timelines to move quickly and nimbly between different video topics.
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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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