About This Chapter
MTTC Political Science: International Politics & Economics - Chapter Summary
This chapter is designed to help you review the various factors that go into international politics. You can take a look at the shapes of states, explore the differences between physical and cultural boundaries, and review local government boundaries. Our expert instructors also present lessons on cooperation among states and environmental worldviews. Once you complete all the lesson in this chapter, you should also be able to:
- Understand the relationship between economics, natural capital, and the environment
- Identify future economic concerns
- Explain the economics and politics of international trade
- Describe exchange rates and conversions across countries
- Define free trade and explain its pros and cons
- Discuss the World Bank, IMF and other international banking organizations
After you've completed these lessons, test your understanding of the information presented with the assessment quizzes. Use the results from these assessments to determine which topics you don't fully understand, then return to the lessons to reinforce your understanding of these topics with the provided links. Video tags allow you to skip over the material you already know, or for an alternative review of the lessons, read over the lesson transcripts.
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. The Economics & Politics of International Trade
We will discuss the economics & politics of international trade through the definition of open trade and its benefits and drawbacks. In addition, the ideas of competitive advantage and political patience will be shown as key indicators of global success.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Exchange Rate: Determination and Conversion Across Countries
Understand what exchange rates are and the different types that can be used by governments and countries. See how they operate and how the conversion process works across countries.
10. What is Free Trade? - Definition, Pros, Cons & Examples
Is free trade a good thing? The issue of free trade has been a source of debate for centuries, and in this lesson, we will discuss the pros and cons of free trade that have led to this debate.
11. The World Bank, IMF & Other International Banking Organizations
International banking and financial organizations exist to encourage economic and financial stability, help facilitate trade, and help with economic development. In this lesson, you'll learn about some of these important organizations.
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