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Ch 57: MTTC History: American Government Overview

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These short and engaging video lessons cover all the important topics associated with American government. Watch the videos to help you prepare for questions about government on the MTTC History exam.

MTTC History: American Government Overview - Chapter Summary

Our professional instructors provide concise and quick videos that you can use to refresh your understanding of American government before taking the MTTC History exam. In these lessons, you can re-discover:

  • Government's role and functions
  • Strengths and weaknesses of traditional government types
  • Governmental principles and ideals
  • History of the new American democracy
  • Core values of liberty, self-government and equality
  • Principles of democracy
  • Political theories of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke

Quickly get up to speed on American government concepts that you learned in college before you take the MTTC History exam. These lessons use engaging graphics and images to make your refresher on American government fun and easy. Text transcripts are also available and are a handy tool for pinpointing important vocabulary and definitions you'll need for the exam.

Objectives of the MTTC History: American Government Overview Chapter

The MTTC History exam is used by the state of Michigan to determine your comprehension of critical history topics and readiness to teach history to students. It is a multiple-choice exam that covers historical concepts and skills, U.S. and world history and interdisciplinary perspectives. The American government is asked about in the interdisciplinary perspectives subarea, which makes up nearly a quarter of the exam.

You could be asked to read a passage or study images and answer questions by choosing the best option from a list of answers. The self-assessment quizzes that come with our lessons use the same format as the exam questions, so you can get used to their style in advance.

7 Lessons in Chapter 57: MTTC History: American Government Overview
What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

1. What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

In this lesson, we will examine the various definitions of government. Then we will take a close look at the functions of the U.S. government and the role it plays in citizens' everyday lives.

Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

2. Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

In this lesson, we will explore several traditional types of government. We will define each type and take a close look at its strengths and weaknesses.

The Core Principles of American Government

3. The Core Principles of American Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.

The New American Democracy: Definition & History

4. The New American Democracy: Definition & History

In this lesson, we will explore the phenomenon of the 'permanent campaign,' which has changed the face of American democracy. In doing so, we will take a close look at the factors that led to this political development.

America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

5. America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of America's core values. We will focus especially on liberty, self-government, equality, individualism, diversity, and unity.

What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

6. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

In this lesson, we will study the nature of democracy. We will define the term, take a look at the types of democracy, and examine its basic principles.

Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

7. Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

In this lesson, we discuss the two premier English political theorists of the 17th century: Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. We'll also take a look at their impact on Western philosophy in contemporary and modern times.

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