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Course SummaryTo help you prepare for the UExcel Political Science exam, use this fun test prep course. The video lessons and quizzes make a comprehensive study guide you can access on any mobile device at any time so you can prepare to get a great score on the exam.
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About This Course
Take a couple weeks to explore key political science concepts and you'll be prepared to take the UExcel Political Science exam and potentially earn three college credits. A passing score on the UExcel Political Science exam can lead to real college credit transferable to hundreds of colleges and universities.
This self-paced and flexible prep course covers the same topics found in a standard college political science course, including civil liberties and rights, powers of the President and Congress, comparative law, foreign policy and global issues.
Syllabus & Course Information
The UExcel Political Science exam tests your comprehension of crucial political science learning objectives. The lessons in our prep course align with these objectives and prepare you to:
- Review American political rules, political power and representation. Assess civil society and citizenship concepts, political justice and political rights.
- Describe the components of the Gross Domestic Product.
- Study U.S. civil liberties and freedom of speech, press and assembly. Explain freedom of religion, right to privacy and right to bear arms.
- Learn how the courts participate in the process of deciding civil liberties.
- Study major developments in the civil rights struggle from the Civil War through 1940.
- Describe normative and empirical political theory and the concepts of liberalism, conservatism, libertarianism, communism and socialism.
- Outline key functions of the government. Examine the different democracy types and compare totalitarian and authoritarian autocracy.
- Explain representation in single- and multi-member districts. Explore types of voting systems and direct and indirect elections.
- Describe legislative powers and functions and congressional and parliamentary legislatures.
- Explain the nomination process and contrast different presidential government systems.
- Detail congressional structure and powers of the Senate and House of Representatives.
- Assess the jurisdiction of state court systems and power of the courts. Describe the levels of the federal court system and path to Supreme Court appeals.
- Explain how Congress and the bureaucracy are connected and what holds the bureaucracy accountable.
- Debate the functions of American political parties and how influential political parties are on the electorate.
- Determine how interest groups are formed and how they influence government.
- Examine the role of American journalism in politics, how the media influences political attitudes and major types of media bias.
- Determine the factors that shape American political culture and how public opinion influences the political process.
- Discuss the origins of common law and describe code, constitutional and statutory law.
- Describe policy-making steps and major public policy categories.
- Compare market- and state-controlled economics and analyze U.S. regulatory policy. Find out how the economy is protected by fiscal and monetary policies.
- Study post-Cold War U.S. foreign and defense policies, presidential and Congressional foreign policy powers and the American military's role in national security.
- Discuss the impact of globalization and sovereignty on global politics and describe hegemony, anarchy, balance of power and imperialism.
- Apply rational theory, political realism and idealism to different contexts. Compare and contrast regime theory and Marxist theory.
- Discuss non-governmental organizations and multi-national corporations and their activities. Determine how terrorist and criminal organizations and religious movements affect international relations.
- Study the Geneva Conventions and other business treaties and international conventions. Highlight international protocols, such as the Kyoto Protocol, and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
- List types of global health and environmental concerns. Study the politics of energy conservation and renewable energy then debate different viewpoints on global sustainability.
- Analyze concerns about the size of the global population and political issues on migration. Elaborate on such issues as human trafficking, global security, war crimes, genocide and weapons proliferation.
Prerequisites aren't needed for this course. You can start learning essential political science concepts right away.
This course is made up of around 180 short video lessons that each take just 5-10 minutes to watch. Before moving to the next lesson, you can take a self-assessment quiz to make sure you have a solid grasp of the material. A lesson transcript is also available for each video, if you'd like to follow along. These lessons are divided into chapters and you'll find an exam at the end of each chapter.
You can ask our experienced instructors any questions you have about the material, and you can gauge your progress through the course with the tracking tool. Close out your study of political science with the final exam that completes this course.
UExcel Political Science Exam Information
The UExcel Political Science exam features questions on topics that are generally covered in a one-semester political science college course. This introductory course is usually taken within your first 1-2 years of college. Some colleges let you take this course to meet general education requirements. If you plan to major in political science, you would take this course before moving on to more advanced courses in the field.
- Number of Questions: Approximately 120
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Number of Credits: 3
- Exam Cost: $95
Earn UExcel Credit
Graduate faster by passing the UExcel Political Science exam and earning three college credits. This course offers the quickest and most effective way to prepare for the exam and quickly earn college credits.
Study Schedule for the UExcel Political Science Exam
This course features approximately 19 hours of instruction. Lessons are self-paced and flexible, so you can easily fit them into your busy schedule. Use the timetable below as a guide to help you decide when you'll be ready to take the exam.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|3 hours a day; 3 days a week||Just over 2 weeks|
|2 hours a day; 3 days a week||Just over 3 weeks|
|1 hour a day; 3 days a week||Just over 6 weeks|
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