Learning Objectives

14.1 Describe the ideal-typical characteristics of the modern state.

14.2 Explain theories of state power.

14.3 Identify forms of authority and how they function.

14.4 Describe the major forms of state governance in the modern world.

14.5 Describe key characteristics of the U.S. political system.

14.6 Apply sociological perspectives to understand war and its historical and contemporary functions.

14.7 Take a sociological perspective on terrorists and terrorism in the modern world.