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Ch 25: Introduction to Government

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Use the short video lessons in this chapter to explore the functions of government. Learn the purpose of government and distinguish between different types found around the world.

Introduction to Government - Chapter Summary

This chapter's video lessons explain what government is and its function in society. You'll learn in detail about the characteristics of the U.S. government and its role in the lives of citizens. The lessons also explore the many different forms of government, including democracy, monarchy, autocracy and oligarchy. Our professional instructors teach you about the styles of constitutional government as well. Once you complete all of the video lessons in this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand multiple definitions of government
  • List the functions of the U.S. government according to the Constitution
  • Differentiate between authoritarian and totalitarian autocracies
  • Compare and contrast forms of government
  • Distinguish between the federal and unitary styles of constitutional government
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S.'s Articles of Confederation

We offer a variety of tools to help make learning about government an efficient and fun experience. The lively instructors use several examples to explain key terminology and concepts in videos that are typically less than 10 minutes long. Each lesson contains a transcript, and certain terms are linked to text lessons that provide more information. If you want to review particular concepts without watching entire videos again, you can use video tags to do so. Self-assessment quizzes accompany each lesson as well, which allows you to assess your understanding of the functions and forms of government.

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