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Ch 26: Understanding Globalization

About This Chapter

Access our video lessons to find out more about what globalization means and its impact on various systems. Review term definitions and examples and assess what you've learned using accompanying quizzes.

Understanding Globalization - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter offer brief but informative overviews of the effect of globalization on politics, human rights and security. The chapter focuses mainly on political issues in the international system.

You can expect to learn details about the ways in which different cultures and practices impact international relations and world systems. A successful review of this chapter should lead to your ability to:

  • Define international relations and various schools of thought relating to it
  • Explain dimensions of globalism
  • Describe sovereignty within a global context
  • Detail balanced and polarities of power on an international scale
  • Summarize the impact of nationalism and imperialism on the international system
  • Examine aspects of global human rights
  • Understand the impacts of Balkanization and modernization on world politics
  • Identify the major problems facing developing countries
  • Address global security threats such as crimes of war and weaponry

Each lesson contains various study tools at your disposal, such as printable lesson transcripts for handy reference and timeline features that allow you to re-watch only portions of the videos as needed. Self-assessment quizzes that measure what you have learned and whether you are ready to answer specific questions on the exam for which you are reviewing. Use your Dashboard to track your quiz results and post questions to tutors and coaches.

14 Lessons in Chapter 26: Understanding Globalization
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What Is International Relations?

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.

Globalization & Politics

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.

Imperialism & Colonialism in the International System

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.

Sovereignty in World Politics

4. Sovereignty in World Politics

The primary players in international politics are sovereign states. In this lesson, you'll learn about the concept of state sovereignty in the international system and related concepts. You'll also have an opportunity to take a short quiz.

Power & Polarity in the International System

5. Power & Polarity in the International System

In the world of international affairs, international actors vie for the power to pursue their interests and stop those actors who are a threat to their interests. In this lesson, you'll learn about power, the balance of power and polarity in the international system.

Human Rights Treaties, Humanitarian Intervention & Political Mindsets

6. 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.

How Nationalism Impacts World Politics

7. How Nationalism Impacts World Politics

Nationalism has the ability to provide tremendous benefits to a society, but also the capacity to wreak devastation if its power is misused. In this lesson, we'll take a look at nationalism's impact on the world stage.

The Politics of Balkanization

8. The Politics of Balkanization

In this lesson, you'll learn about balkanization, including what it is and how it affects international politics. A short quiz follows to check your understanding.

Modernization, Development & Politics

9. Modernization, Development & Politics

The current disparity in international development, wealth and resources across the globe makes economic development an important international issue for the 21st century. In this lesson, you'll learn about development and its relation to international politics.

Less-Developed Countries & Obstacles to Development

10. Less-Developed Countries & Obstacles to Development

Most of the world's population lives in lesser-developed countries struggling to develop and rise out of poverty. In this lesson, you'll learn about some of the major hurdles facing these countries in their quest to develop.

Post-Cold War European Cooperation: Institutions & Treaties

11. Post-Cold War European Cooperation: Institutions & Treaties

In this lesson, we explore the increasing cooperation between European states during the Cold War years and beyond, from a six-nation agreement concerning coal and steel to a far-reaching agreement binding most of Europe.

The Global Threat to Human Security & the Security Dilemma

12. The Global Threat to Human Security & the Security Dilemma

The following lesson describes the steps nations take to secure their borders, as well as threats to national security that come in the form of terrorism and violent crime. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Crimes of War & the Genocide Convention

13. Crimes of War & the Genocide Convention

The following lesson will cover how crimes of war and genocide are identified, as well as the steps taken to prevent them from reoccurring. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

Weapons Proliferation: Concerns & Actions

14. Weapons Proliferation: Concerns & Actions

The following lesson will cover the increase in weapons production worldwide, as well as the concerns and actions the global community has in response. A short quiz will follow the lesson.

Chapter Practice Exam
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