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AEPA: Federalism in the United States - Chapter Summary
This chapter will help prepare you for AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam questions about the adoption and development of federalism in U.S. Government, as well as the powers of the federal, state and local governments under this system. Watch our expert instructors as they explain federalism in the U.S. with this series of lesson videos about:
- U.S. adoption of federalism and its evolution since the 1787
- Levels of sovereignty within the U.S.
- Divisions of powers between the national and state governments
- Competing values of equality and participation in federalism
- Mandates and federal court rulings that control state governments
- Powers and responsibilities of state and local governments
These lesson videos are mobile device friendly so you can watch them away from your desk as well as at your computer. For an alternative review of the material read over the lesson transcripts the present the same information, but in written overviews of lessons. Following these lessons, test your understanding of them with the lesson quizzes and chapter exam, then return to the lesson videos to reinforce your understanding of topics you don't fully understand.
AEPA: Federalism in the United States Objectives
The purpose of the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science is to ensure that prospective middle grades teachers' in Arizona possess a mastery over the social sciences before they are awarded with certification. This computer-based certification exam fulfills its objective with a series of 150 multiple-choice questions administered in a three-hour testing session. Of these questions, 19% will test your knowledge of government, including what you know about federalism in the U.S. The purpose of this chapter is to improve your understanding of U.S. federalism so that on test day you will be prepared for these questions.
1. What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption
In this lesson, we are going to take a look at federalism, the form of government that the United States adopted when it was still a young country. We will seek to define this concept and explore the factors that led to its adoption.
2. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937
Though federalism is written into the United States Constitution, federalism hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism through the Great Depression.
3. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present
Federalism is written into the United States Constitution, but it hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism from the Great Depression to today.
4. Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History
The United States is a sovereign nation with two levels of sovereignty. This lesson takes a look at the history of U.S. sovereignty, including the principles of dual sovereignty and nullification.
5. Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States
The U.S. Constitution uses federalism to divide governmental powers between the federal government and the individual state governments. This lesson explores this division of powers by looking at Supreme Court decisions.
6. Devolution: Definition & Examples
Devolution is the transfer of certain powers from the federal government to the states. This lesson explains devolution and examines several programs that are a part of the 'devolution revolution.'
7. Competing Values of Federalism: Equality vs. Participation
Federalism is designed to leave governmental power to the people, but there are two competing values of federalism: equality and participation. This lesson takes a closer look at federalism and at how these two ideals often conflict.
8. Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings
Though we have federalism, the federal government still controls certain aspects of state government. This lesson takes a look at the ways the federal government controls state government, such as federal court decisions and mandates.
9. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges
Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.
10. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges
The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.
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