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Ch 56: MTTC History: Basics of Political Science

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Use our video lessons to review the basics of political science as you prepare for the MTTC history exam. These lessons feature short videos covering the essentials of American politics, citizenship and political justice.

MTTC History: Basics of Political Science - Chapter Summary

Refresh your knowledge of politics, political power and political culture with these quick videos that provide an easy method for preparing for the MTTC History exam. These lessons help you get ready for questions on the exam covering:

  • The definitions of political science and politics
  • American political rules
  • Types and sources of political power
  • Factors that shift power from the majority to just a few
  • The concept of representation
  • Differences between a state, country and government
  • Connections between political culture and public opinion
  • Citizenship, political rights and justice and civil society

These topics are thoroughly covered in short and fast videos that make reviewing critical political science concepts fun and easy. Lessons are taught by subject-matter experts who are also available to answer questions about the material. You can watch all the videos in this lesson series or just pick the ones covering topics you're unfamiliar with in order to get ready for the exam.

Objectives of the MTTC History: Basics of Political Science Chapter

The MTTC History exam is designed to test your readiness to teach history in Michigan. It is a required part of the teacher licensure process in the state. The MTTC History exam has four subareas you'll be tested on, including one on interdisciplinary perspectives, which is where you'll be asked about political science concepts. This subarea makes up 24% of the exam, which consists of 100 multiple-choice questions.

You might be asked to read a passage or look at diagrams in order to answer the questions in this section. As you prepare for the exam, take the self-assessment quizzes that accompany each of our lessons to help you get familiar with the style of questions found on the MTTC History exam.

10 Lessons in Chapter 56: MTTC History: Basics of Political Science
What is Political Science?

1. What is Political Science?

The great Greek philosopher Aristotle once called political science the master science. In this lesson, you'll learn what political science is, different subfields in the discipline, and why the study of political science is important.

Politics: Definition and Source of Governmental Conflict

2. Politics: Definition and Source of Governmental Conflict

In this lesson, we will explore the concept of politics. We will examine the various definitions of the word, take a close look at the role of politics in government, and investigate the conflicts sometimes caused by politics.

The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

3. The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

In this lesson, we will explore the three rules of American politics: democracy, constitutionalism, and capitalism. We will define each rule and see how it works to keep the political system running smoothly.

Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

4. Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

In this lesson, we will take a close look at political power. We will define the term, examine its elements, and learn about several theories that help determine who gets to use political power.

Shifting Power From Majority to Only a Few: Factors & Process

5. Shifting Power From Majority to Only a Few: Factors & Process

In this lesson, we will explore factors that have shifted power from the majority of voters to specific groups. We'll pay special attention to voter participation, single-issue voters, uninformed citizens, the nomination of candidates, and campaign expenses.

Representation in Political Science

6. Representation in Political Science

Given the size and complexity of a modern state, direct democracy is impractical, if not infeasible. In this lesson, you'll learn about representative democracy, its different forms, and how it differs from direct democracy.

The Difference Between Countries, Nations, States, and Governments

7. The Difference Between Countries, Nations, States, and Governments

The study of political science requires you to relearn familiar terms that hold a different meaning than found in common everyday usage. In this lesson, you'll learn about the difference between countries, nations, states and governments.

The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion

8. The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion

Politicians are always trying to take the pulse of public opinion, either to follow it or to try to change it. In this lesson, you'll learn about public opinion and its relation to political culture. A short quiz follows.

Civil Society and Citizenship

9. Civil Society and Citizenship

Citizenship and civil society are important concepts in the study of political science. In this lesson, you'll learn what citizenship is and what it means for people that hold it. You'll also learn about the important role of civil society in a democracy.

Political Justice and Political Rights

10. Political Justice and Political Rights

Some of the greatest questions in political thought revolve around the nebulous concepts of justice and rights. In this lesson, we'll be exploring these complex concepts. You'll also have a chance to reinforce your knowledge with a short quiz.

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