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Ch 20: Local Geography & Politics

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Let our video lessons and quizzes help you review information regarding the influence of geography on an area's politics. Look at political boundaries and the impact of environmental concerns.

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.

7 Lessons in Chapter 20: Local Geography & Politics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Shapes of States: Compact, Prorupted, Perforated & More

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.

Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural

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.

Local Government Boundaries: Cultural & Political Influence

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.

Cooperation Among States: Political, Military & Economic Alliances

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.

Environmental Worldviews: Western & Deep Ecology

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.

Economics, Natural Capital & the Environment

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.

Future Environmental Concerns: Population, Food Supply, Energy & Pollution

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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