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Ch 53: AEPA: Political Ideologies & Philosophy

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In this chapter you will review the different approaches to political theory, political ideologies, their philosophies and history. These lessons will help prepare you for any related questions that may appear on the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam.

AEPA: Political Ideologies & Philosophy - Chapter Summary

Complete the activities of this chapter to prepare for AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam questions about the different political theories and ideologies using a series of short, engaging, mobile device friendly lesson videos. These lesson videos are taught by professional instructors who will explain the:

  • Normative and empirical approaches to political theory
  • Different ideologies of liberalism and conservatism
  • Differences and similarities between communism and socialism
  • History and philosophy of anarchism and fascism
  • Political impact of feminism

If you would prefer an alternative review of the material, try reading over the lesson transcripts. After completing these lessons make sure to test your comprehension of the information by taking the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. Using the results from these assessments, discover topics you haven't mastered, then return to the lessons to improve your mastery over them.

AEPA: Political Ideologies & Philosophy - Objectives

The AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam tests future Arizona middle grades teachers' mastery over the social sciences before they are certified as social science teachers. You should be prepared to complete 150 multiple-choice questions in a three-hour testing session. Of the material covered by this exam, 19% will assess your understanding of government. Use this chapter to fortify your knowledge of the approaches to political theory and political ideologies.

9 Lessons in Chapter 53: AEPA: Political Ideologies & Philosophy
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Approaches to Political Theory: Normative and Empirical

1. Approaches to Political Theory: Normative and Empirical

Theories attempt to explain the world around us. In this lesson, you'll learn about political theory. An overview of the normative and empirical approaches to political theory will also be examined. A short quiz follows.

What Is a Political Ideology?

2. What Is a Political Ideology?

Nearly every opinion on the appropriateness or inappropriateness of government policy, ranging from welfare to gun control, is a reflection of a person's political ideology. In this lesson, you learn about political ideology and its importance.

Liberalism: History, Ideology, and Influence

3. Liberalism: History, Ideology, and Influence

Liberalism is one of the great political traditions of the Western world and the dominant political ideology in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about the history of liberalism, its major tenets and its influence.

Conservatism: History, Ideology, and Influence

4. Conservatism: History, Ideology, and Influence

Conservatism is one of the major political philosophies of the Western world. In this lesson, you'll learn about its major tenets, its history and its influence. You'll also have a chance to take a short quiz after the lesson.

Libertarianism: History and Philosophy

5. Libertarianism: History and Philosophy

If you hold liberty above all other values, you might just be a libertarian. In this lesson, you'll learn about libertarianism, including what it is, its general principles and its history. A short quiz follows.

Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

6. Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

People often confuse socialism and communism. In this lesson, you'll learn about the differences and similarities between each of these theories. You'll also have a chance to take a short quiz after the lesson.

Anarchism: History and Philosophy

7. Anarchism: History and Philosophy

Some form of government has been around for the entire period of recorded human history. However, some people don't think government is necessary. In this lesson, you'll learn about anarchism, its philosophy and its history.

Fascism: History, Ideology, and Influence

8. Fascism: History, Ideology, and Influence

Fascism is a political ideology that literally wreaked havoc across the globe in the first part of the 20th century. In this lesson, you'll learn about what fascism is, its history and its influence. A short quiz follows.

Feminism: History, Ideology, and Impact in Politics

9. Feminism: History, Ideology, and Impact in Politics

Feminism was one of the great political and social movements of the 19th and 20th century. In this lesson, you'll learn about feminism, its ideology, some of its important history and its political impact.

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