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Course SummaryRefresh your knowledge with this engaging Political Science for Teachers professional development course. Study our video and text lessons at your own pace to earn credits you can use to renew your teaching license.
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How It Works
Earn professional development credits to renew your social science teaching license with Political Science for Teachers. Brush up on political science topics so you can better teach criminal justice, American government, and other social science topics. Learn on your own schedule and at your own pace. You can complete this course in under two weeks - perfect for teachers who need to earn social science credits in a hurry!
- Watch engaging video lessons about political ideologies and forms of government.
- Check your knowledge of things like civil liberties and comparative law with practice quizzes and exams.
- Ask clarification questions from our expert social science instructors.
- Earn 3 college credits by taking the UExcel Political Science exam.
Always check with your school district or state Department of Education to ensure that the course credits will be accepted before beginning the course. UExcel credits are accepted by over 1,000 schools and directly by many state departments of education.
Who's It For?
Political Science for Teachers is ideal for any teachers looking to earn credits to use towards licensure renewal. The flexible, self-paced format makes it easy to fit your studies into a busy schedule. The course is fully online, so you can study anytime, anywhere. This course also benefits:
- History and American government teachers who want to brush up on political science
- Teachers who want to incorporate engaging political science videos into their instruction
- Teachers planning a political science unit or course
- Aspiring social science teachers
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- Fun and Engaging: Animations and interesting examples make political science easy to learn.
- Expert Instructors: Expert social science instructors break difficult concepts down so they are easy to remember.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Quizzes and practice exams let you review political science terminology and key concepts and track what you've mastered.
- Quick and Flexible: Learn on your own schedule and on any device. You could earn social science credits in less than two weeks.
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Course Plan for Earning Credit in Less Than Two Weeks
Follow this course plan if you want to complete Political Science for Teachers and be ready to earn transferable credit in less than two weeks. For each chapter assignment, take all of the lesson quizzes and the practice chapter exam at the end of each chapter. If you miss any questions, review the video lesson to master the concept.
|Day||Assignment||What You'll Learn|
|Day 1|| Chapter 1|
| Basic Terms and Concepts of Political Science (rules of American politics, political power, relationship between political culture and public opinion, gross domestic product)|
Civil Liberties (freedom of religion, law and order, right to privacy, right to bear arms)
|Day 2|| Chapter 3|
| Civil Rights (Brown v. Board of Education, civil rights of women, civil rights of Americans with disabilities)|
Political Ideologies and Philosophy (liberalism, conservatism, libertarianism, communism vs. socialism)
|Day 3|| Chapter 5|
| Forms of Government (democracy, autocracy, types of constitutional government)|
Electoral Systems (plurality vs. majority-based elections, direct vs. indirect elections, primaries in elections)
|Day 4|| Chapter 7|
| Types of Legislatures in Government (powers and functions of legislatures, congress vs. parliament, purpose of legislative committees)|
Presidential Elections and Powers (presidential system of government, primary vs. general elections, the electoral college, campaign finance)
|Day 5|| Chapter 9|
| The Congress: Powers and Elections (electoral evolution of the congress, party nomination to congress, presidential vs. congressional campaigns)|
The Federal Judicial System (judicial decision making, original vs. appellate jurisdiction, interest group litigation strategies)
|Day 6|| Chapter 11|
| The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States (problems of bureaucracy, the bureaucracy and congress, elections and public perception, bureaucratic accountability)|
The History and Role of Political Parties (the national parties, two-party systems, minor parties, ideological parties)
|Day 7|| Chapter 13|
| Interest Groups in Politics (public vs. private interest groups, influence of interest groups on American politics, pluralist view of interest groups)|
Mass Media and Politics (American media information sources, private vs. state-controlled media, media bias and criticism)
|Day 8||Chapter 15||Political Culture, Public Opinion, and Civic Behavior (frames of reference, political socialization, measurement of public opinion, voting, political change)|
|Day 9|| Chapter 16|
| Comparative Law (difference between laws and customs, code law, criminal law, constitutional law, religious law)|
Public and Social Policy (types of public policy in the U.S., social insurance programs, public assistance programs)
|Day 10|| Chapter 18|
| Fiscal Policy in Government and the Economy (market vs. state-controlled economies, regulatory policy, the business cycle, fiscal policy)|
Foreign Policy, Defense Policy, and Government (history of U.S. foreign policy, capabilities of U.S. military power, sovereignty in world politics, tools of foreign policy)
|Day 11|| Chapter 20|
| Concepts of International Relations (globalization and politics, imperialism and colonialism, impact of nationalism on world politics)|
Theories of International Relations (rational choice theory, political realism theory, liberal internationalism)
|Day 12||Chapter 22||International Actors in Political Science (non-governmental organizations, multi-national corporations, religious movements, the World Health Organization, European Union expansion)|
|Day 13|| Chapter 23|
| International Law in Politics (international business treaties, international conventions, sovereign immunity)|
Global Issues and Politics (types of global health issues, global environmental issues, politics of energy resources, population size, weapons proliferation)
|Day 14||Final Exam||Take the practice final exam to see what you've mastered and make sure you are ready to earn credit for political science|
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