Ch 1: AEPA: Political Science Terms & Concepts

About This Chapter

Make sure that you have a good handle on a number of major terms and concepts in political science by going through this chapter. This key material will be fresh in your mind when you're asked about it on your AEPA Political Science/ American Government subject test.

AEPA: Political Science Terms & Concepts - Chapter Summary

Different sources and kinds of political power along with types of autocracies are some of the focal points of this refresher chapter. This chapter will further ensure that you're well-acquainted with these issues in case they show up on your AEPA Political Science/ American Government exam:

  • U.S. politics' three rules
  • Major duties of the U.S. government
  • Direct and representative democracy
  • Voter participation and single-issue voters
  • Transitional governments and martial law
  • Different ethical theories

Using a computer or type of handheld device, watch the short, engaging video lessons that effectively cover these prevalent terms and concepts within political science. You can demonstrate your grasp of each lesson in the chapter with a handy practice quiz.

AEPA: Political Science Terms & Concepts - Chapter Objectives

The AEPA Political Science/American Government test aims to evaluate your suitability for teaching related courses in Arizona based on your score. The test's Concepts and Skills subarea, which makes up 21% of the questions, will be where you'll see information you review in this chapter. You'll be answering questions that are written only in multiple-choice format.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: AEPA: Political Science Terms & Concepts
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Political Science?

1. What is Political Science?

The great Greek philosopher Aristotle once called political science the master science. In this lesson, you'll learn what political science is, different subfields in the discipline, and why the study of political science is important.

Politics: Definition and Source of Governmental Conflict

2. Politics: Definition and Source of Governmental Conflict

In this lesson, we will explore the concept of politics. We will examine the various definitions of the word, take a close look at the role of politics in government, and investigate the conflicts sometimes caused by politics.

The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

3. The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

In this lesson, we will explore the three rules of American politics: democracy, constitutionalism, and capitalism. We will define each rule and see how it works to keep the political system running smoothly.

Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

4. Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

In this lesson, we will take a close look at political power. We will define the term, examine its elements, and learn about several theories that help determine who gets to use political power.

Shifting Power From Majority to Only a Few: Factors & Process

5. Shifting Power From Majority to Only a Few: Factors & Process

In this lesson, we will explore factors that have shifted power from the majority of voters to specific groups. We'll pay special attention to voter participation, single-issue voters, uninformed citizens, the nomination of candidates, and campaign expenses.

Political Justice and Political Rights

6. Political Justice and Political Rights

Some of the greatest questions in political thought revolve around the nebulous concepts of justice and rights. In this lesson, we'll be exploring these complex concepts. You'll also have a chance to reinforce your knowledge with a short quiz.

Civil Society and Citizenship

7. Civil Society and Citizenship

Citizenship and civil society are important concepts in the study of political science. In this lesson, you'll learn what citizenship is and what it means for people that hold it. You'll also learn about the important role of civil society in a democracy.

The Difference Between Countries, Nations, States, and Governments

8. The Difference Between Countries, Nations, States, and Governments

The study of political science requires you to relearn familiar terms that hold a different meaning than found in common everyday usage. In this lesson, you'll learn about the difference between countries, nations, states and governments.

Representation in Political Science

9. Representation in Political Science

Given the size and complexity of a modern state, direct democracy is impractical, if not infeasible. In this lesson, you'll learn about representative democracy, its different forms, and how it differs from direct democracy.

Theories of Ethics: Rights & Natural Laws

10. Theories of Ethics: Rights & Natural Laws

Legal rights are those rights provided to citizens through the Constitution and other articles of the US legal system. Natural rights are rooted in the ethical, based on what is right or wrong. Learn more about ethics in this lesson.

What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

11. What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

In this lesson, we will examine the various definitions of government. Then we will take a close look at the functions of the U.S. government and the role it plays in citizens' everyday lives.

What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism

12. What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism

In this lesson, you'll imagine living in an autocracy. You will consider what would change if you went from an authoritarian society to a more totalitarian approach to government.

The Purpose of a Transitional Government

13. The Purpose of a Transitional Government

In this lesson, you'll imagine what it would be like to live in a country where the government has just been overthrown. We'll discuss the purpose of transitional governments and what challenges they face.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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