Ch 20: World Governments & International Relations

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This self-paced chapter is designed to improve your understanding of basic world government and international relations topics. Review these short lessons and self-assessment quizzes to study for an upcoming exam, complete an assignment or engage your curiosity of international government topics.

World Governments & International Relations - Chapter Summary

You're in the right place if you need to brush up on the fundamentals of world governments and international relations. Our expert instructors show you everything you need to know about major types of government, foreign policy, international relations and much more. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Compare multiple forms of government and types of constitutional government
  • Differentiate between totalitarianism and authoritarianism
  • Assess the governmental structures of the UK, Germany, China, Russia and Mexico
  • Describe the expansion of the European Union
  • Outline the structure of Britain's electoral system
  • Understand international relations and international law sources
  • Trace the development of U.S. foreign policy via the president, congress and interest groups
  • Explain how world politics is affected by nationalism

As you work through the chapter, you'll watch engaging video lessons that come with printable transcripts and interactive practice quizzes. Take the chapter exam to reinforce your knowledge, and submit questions to our instructors if you have any. The chapter's resources are available 24/7, and they're accessible on any Internet-connected device.

15 Lessons in Chapter 20: World Governments & International Relations
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Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More

1. Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More

The governance of nations differs significantly based on who has power. This lesson will differentiate five forms of government: monarchy, democracy, oligarchy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism.

What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism

2. What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism

In this lesson, you'll imagine living in an autocracy. You will consider what would change if you went from an authoritarian society to a more totalitarian approach to government.

Types of Constitutional Government

3. Types of Constitutional Government

Learn about constitutional governments through the eyes of a citizen of a fictional country undergoing change. Gain insight into what each of these styles means as you weigh the benefits of unitary and federal types.

Overview of the UK Government

4. Overview of the UK Government

This lesson will provide a brief overview of the government of the United Kingdom. We will focus especially on the monarch, Parliament, the Prime Minister, and the judicial system.

European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines

5. European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines

In this lesson, we briefly explore the piecemeal formation of the EU and discuss the nature of the Union today and its role as the political authority for most of Europe.

The British Electoral System: Description & Structure

6. The British Electoral System: Description & Structure

In this lesson, we will examine the British electoral system. We will pay close attention to constituencies, political parties, and the First-Past-the-Post system.

The Federal Republic of Germany: An Overview

7. The Federal Republic of Germany: An Overview

In this lesson, we explore the federal government of the German Republic and briefly delve into each branch and the positions that help create German law and govern Germany.

Structure of Russia's Present Day Government

8. Structure of Russia's Present Day Government

Russia's place as a world power has shown little signs of stopping since the fall of the Soviet Union. In this lesson, we will develop a basic understanding of the structure of Russian government, one that is quite different from our own.

Structure of China's Government

9. Structure of China's Government

With 1.4 billion people to govern, some things about China's government aren't that surprising, like the fact that the National People's Congress is the largest legislature in the world. Others, like the multiple titles of the Chinese President, do take some explanation.

The Structure of Mexico's Government

10. The Structure of Mexico's Government

How does Mexico function as a nation? Explore the structure of Mexico's government and discover the branches and powers that keep the nation running. Then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

What Is International Relations?

11. 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.

Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

12. Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

Foreign policy is not developed in a vacuum or by only one actor in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the president, Congress and interest groups help develop U.S. foreign policy. A short quiz follows.

The Role of Non-State Entities & International Organizations in World Conflicts

13. The Role of Non-State Entities & International Organizations in World Conflicts

In this lesson, we will learn about the role of non-state entities and international organizations in modern world conflicts. We will identify notable examples and see the part they have played in 20th-century conflicts.

Sources of International Law

14. Sources of International Law

You often hear people talking about the importance of international law, but where does it come from? This lesson explains many of the sources of international law, from ancient treaties to modern courts.

How Nationalism Impacts World Politics

15. 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.

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