Ch 8: Politics, Nations & Geography

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to examine how politics, nations and geography intersect. These lessons will help you study different forms of politics and how they work on an international level.

Politics, Nations & Geography - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Study this chapter when you're ready to learn more about the connections between politics, nations and geography. You can access these lessons to go over different laws. Special focus will be paid to the effects of political forces in different areas. Information covered by this chapter includes:

  • Types of political entities and forms of governance
  • Boundaries and the current political map
  • International, internal and local government boundaries
  • Political power, territoriality and state morphology
  • Functions of the law of the sea
  • Devolution, supranationalism, democratization and centripetal and centrifugal forces

Lesson Objective
Political Entities: Types & Examples Evaluate examples of political entities, including nations, states, and autonomous regions.
Forms of Governance: Unitary & Federal States Assess various forms of governance.
Local & Metropolitan Forms of Governance Focus on learning more about forms of governance on the local and metropolitan level.
Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural Break down differences between types of boundaries.
Evolution of the Contemporary Political Map Calculate how the contemporary political map evolved.
Political Power & Territoriality: Definition & Example Develop your understanding of the definitions of political power and territoriality.
International & Internal Boundaries: Definition & Function Analyze the functions of international and internal boundaries.
Law of the Sea: Definition & Function Make sure that you understand the function of the law of the sea and its impact on boundary lines.
Local Government Boundaries: Cultural & Political Influence Evaluate the boundaries of local government and review important related terminology.
State Morphology: Types & Implications Compare various types of state morphology and review their political, social, and economic implications.
Devolution, Supranationalism & Democratization Analyze the processes of devolution, supranationalism and democratization.
Centripetal & Centrifugal Forces in Geopolitics Focus on learning how centripetal and centrifugal forces affect geopolitics.

11 Lessons in Chapter 8: Politics, Nations & Geography
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Political Entities: Types & Examples

1. Political Entities: Types & Examples

In this lesson we will learn about the different forms of political entities. We will identify types of political entities, explore their characteristics, and highlight examples from history.

Forms of Governance: Unitary & Federal States

2. Forms of Governance: Unitary & Federal States

Just like there are different ways to manage a business, there are different ways to govern a country. In this lesson, you'll learn about the unitary and federal forms of governance, including the key distinctions between them.

Types of Boundaries: Physical & Cultural

3. 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.

Evolution of the Contemporary Political Map

4. Evolution of the Contemporary Political Map

There's a lot more to a map than just its nations and borders. There's a whole history of humanity there. In this lesson, we'll explore how the modern map as we know it came to be.

Political Power & Territoriality: Definition & Example

5. Political Power & Territoriality: Definition & Example

In this lesson we will learn about political power and territoriality. We will identify define these terms and highlight examples from history. We will understand the central themes and developments associated with these concepts

International & Internal Boundaries: Definition & Function

6. International & Internal Boundaries: Definition & Function

Boundaries can be pretty important. In this lesson, we are going to look at both international and internal boundaries and see how different borders can be used to organize people in different ways.

Law of the Sea: Definition & Function

7. Law of the Sea: Definition & Function

How much water off of a nation's coast can be controlled by that nation? How did it become that way and how has it changed? Find out as we define the Law of the Sea and go over how it came to be and what conflicts it causes today.

Local Government Boundaries: Cultural & Political Influence

8. 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.

State Morphology: Types & Implications

9. State Morphology: Types & Implications

It can be interesting to draw the shape of countries, but is this anything more than trivia? In this lesson, we'll see why the shape of a country can have major impacts on how it functions.

Devolution, Supranationalism & Democratization

10. Devolution, Supranationalism & Democratization

Learn the definitions of devolution, supranationalism and democratization. Then explore how globalization and communication technologies have positively and negatively impacted all three.

Centripetal & Centrifugal Forces in Geopolitics

11. Centripetal & Centrifugal Forces in Geopolitics

What can Isaac Newton teach us about modern politics? As it turns out, a lot. In this lesson, we'll examine centripetal and centrifugal forces as they apply to geopolitics.

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