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AEPA: Political Parties & Elections - Chapter Summary
This chapter lets you reinforce your understanding of different nomination and electoral processes, including those for Congress and the presidency. In addition, this chapter prepares you for AEPA Political Science/American Government questions about:
- How the Republican and Democratic parties are organized
- Third parties and how they can be formed
- The purpose of the Electoral College
- How presidential and congressional campaigns differ
- What redistricting and gerrymandering entail
- Major countrywide issues that affect congressional elections
- How campaigns are financed and campaign finance rules
The informative video lessons in this chapter can be watched in just about five minutes apiece. After you finish each lesson, you may take a quick practice quiz to verify your grasp of the political parties and elections topics covered.
AEPA: Political Parties & Elections Chapter Objectives
The AEPA Political Science/American Government exam evaluates your knowledge as part of the qualification process to teach this subject area in Arizona. This chapter helps prepare you for the third subarea of the exam, the United States and Arizona Government content domain. This is the largest section of the exam, making up about 58% of the test overall. All of the test's 150 questions, including those involving political parties and elections, are multiple-choice.
1. Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization
The following lesson will introduce you to the concept of political parties in the United States government. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.
2. The National Parties: Organization & Structure
The following lesson will cover the structure and organization of the Democratic and Republican parties at the national level. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.
3. Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples
The following lesson will introduce the concept of third parties, as well as explain their role in the national political party system. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.
4. Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role
The following lesson will define and explain the role of the United States' electoral system and how it affects the shape of our party system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
5. The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties
The following lesson will cover the current state of the two major political parties in the United States and the mechanisms that cause political change. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
6. Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses
The nomination process for United States president contains several different steps. This lesson outlines the modern nomination process for the offices of president and vice president and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the process.
7. Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences
In the United States, we use two different types of presidential elections. Both primary and general elections are used to determine a winning candidate. This lesson explains primary and general elections, including the differences between the two.
8. The Electoral College: Definition & Process
In the U.S., our presidential elections are decided using the Electoral College. The system is meant to balance election power between the federal and state governments. This lesson explains what the Electoral College is and how it works.
9. Reapportionment & Redistricting for Congressional Constituencies: Definition & Process
In this lesson, we will review the constitutional requirements for determining congressional districts. We will take a closer look at the process and effects of reapportionment and redistricting.
10. Party Nomination to Congress: Process to Become a Candidate
In this lesson, we will review the process to become a candidate for Congress. We will take a closer look at what the requirements are and what process is to be taken leading up to the election.
11. National Forces that Influence Congressional Elections
In this lesson, we will learn about the biggest national forces that influence congressional elections, taking a look at how they affect the election results and how the public is influenced by them.
12. Presidential vs. Congressional Campaigns: Similarities & Differences
In this lesson, we will review the difference between presidential and congressional campaigns. We will take a closer look at their differences and how they affect the campaign.
13. What Factors Influence the Outcome of an Election?
In this lesson, we will learn about several important factors that influence the outcome of an election. We will look in-depth at these factors and why they are important in the outcome of an election.
14. Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform
Modern presidential campaigns often last up to two years and involve extensive media operations. This means a successful campaign will be expensive. This lesson discusses campaign finance, including sources, regulations, and reform efforts.
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