• Unit 6: International Politics

    This unit traces the emergence of a world system of states from the Treaty of Westphalia (1648), which first standardized the conditions for peace among states, through the colonial period and into contemporary globalization. We will see that global governance has its roots both in the economic interests of states and a general aversion to war. For instance, you will learn how economic interests led European powers to expand their political control over – and ultimately establish formal colonies in – Africa, the Americas, and Asia. European powers used their colonies both to extract raw materials for the industrial revolution in Europe and the United States and to export excess segments of their own populations. From an economic perspective, European colonization was exchanging excess Europeans for raw materials like lumber, steel, tea, and crops. This pattern of exchange has led to complex political dynamics across state borders, the implications of which continue to be felt today.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 20 hours.

    • 6.1: The International System

    • 6.2: International Cooperation

        • 6.2.1: International Institutions and Actors

        • 6.2.2: Diplomacy

        • 6.2.3: Treaties and International Law

      • 6.3: International Conflict and Security

          • 6.3.1: National Security and Thomas Hobbes

          • 6.3.2: War and Terrorism

          • 6.3.3: Huntington's Clash of Civilizations

          • 6.3.4: Democratic Peace Theory

        • 6.4: Humanitarian Issues in International Relations

            • 6.4.1: Human Rights

            • 6.4.2: Humanitarian Aid and Intervention

          • Unit 6 Assessment