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Local Geography & Politics - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter examine topics such as the types of boundaries between political territories and what influences the setting of those lines. You'll also see examples of political and economic alliances among states.
Environmental issues have great impact in local politics, and our lessons explore topics including economics and the environment and natural capital. Future environmental issues are also discussed. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Recognize patterns in the shapes of states
- Discuss physical and cultural boundaries
- Give examples of cooperation between states
- Explain several types of environmental worldviews
- List ways the environment and the economy are related
- Analyze environmental concerns, such as with population, food supply and pollution
Our instructors, all professionals in the field, have developed brief lessons that go over these topics in a fun way. You can assess your learning with the quizzes that follow each lesson. It's easy to return to a particular point by using the jump feature in the video timelines. If you still have questions, the instructors are available for personalized help.
1. Shapes of States: Compact, Prorupted, Perforated & More
This lesson will seek to explain and identify the many shapes that states can be found in. In doing so, it will define the word state and the importance of sovereignty.
2. Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural
This lesson will seek to explain physical, political, and cultural boundaries. In doing so, it will identify differences in socio-economics, language, and religion as foundations for boundaries.
3. Local Government Boundaries: Cultural & Political Influence
This lesson will explain the characteristics of local governments. In doing so, it will define the terms delimitation, redistricting, constituency, and gerrymandering as well as the role these terms play in local governance.
4. Cooperation Among States: Political, Military & Economic Alliances
This lesson will seek to explain the political cooperation among states. In doing so, it will define the terms 'treaty' and 'state,' as well as explore military and economic alliances.
5. Environmental Worldviews: Western & Deep Ecology
Environmental worldviews are the commonly shared beliefs that give groups of people a sense how humans should interact with the environment. Learn about two contrasting environmental worldviews: western and deep ecology.
6. Economics, Natural Capital & the Environment
Natural capital is the resources and services derived from nature that are of value to people. Learn why protecting natural capital is important for sustainable growth and economic development.
7. Future Environmental Concerns: Population, Food Supply, Energy & Pollution
There are many issues that raise future environmental concerns. Learn how the environment may be impacted by the growing population and food and energy needs of the world, as well as growing pollution concerns as we move through the 21st century.
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Other chapters within the GACE Political Science (532): Practice & Study Guide course
- Political Science Concepts
- Political Thought
- Major Political Thinkers
- Development of the U.S. Political System
- The U.S. Constitution
- The U.S Legislative Branch
- The U.S. Executive Branch
- The U.S. Judicial Branch
- GACE Political Science: U.S. Jurisprudence
- Federal Government & the Economy
- Georgia State Government
- Political Parties & Elections
- Media & Culture in U.S. Politics
- American Federalism
- Rights & Responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship
- Interest Groups & Lobbying
- Crime & Criminal Justice in the U.S.
- U.S. Foreign Policy
- Various Government Structures
- International Relations
- Actors in International Relations
- International Law & Politics
- Global Issues in International Relations
- GACE Political Science Flashcards