Ch 4: AEPA: Political Thought

About This Chapter

Let us assist you as you review the important concepts on political thought in preparation for the AEPA Political Science/American Government Exam. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes combine to give you several approaches that can help you answer the test questions correctly.

AEPA Political Science/American Government: Political Thought - Chapter Summary

Try using the lessons found within this chapter to structure your review of political thought as you prepare for the AEPA Political Science/American Government Exam. The videos cover all the important concepts, including:

  • Looking at political theory
  • Political ideology
  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Libertarianism
  • Capitalism and the free market
  • Communism and socialism
  • Anarchism
  • Fascism
  • Feminism
  • Significant movements in the history of political thought
  • Historical American documents and democratic ideals

Our expert instructors guide you through each concept, presenting it thoroughly but concisely, to help you review. By having the important information shared with you in a number of different ways, the process of studying becomes more efficient and more enjoyable.

AEPA Political Science/American Government: Political Thought Chapter

The AEPA Political Science/American Government Exam is a standardized test that evaluates the depth and breadth of your knowledge of all areas of political science and American government. Your score will be used to determine if you are eligible for a teacher's license in the state of Arizona.

The lessons in this Political Thought chapter are part of Subarea II: Political Thought, Comparative Government and International Relations, which contributes 21% of the test questions. You can practice with the types of questions that will be on the exam, and check on your mastery of the material by taking the self-assessment quizzes that come with each video lesson. There are 100 selected-response questions on the test. Each one presents you with a passage or question followed by several possible answers. From these, your task is to select the correct one.

12 Lessons in Chapter 4: AEPA: Political Thought
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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.

Capitalism and the Free Market: Definition & Limitations

6. Capitalism and the Free Market: Definition & Limitations

Capitalism is an economic system that has played a dominant part in building the world in which we currently live. In this lesson, you'll learn about some key concepts of capitalism, as well as its limitations.

Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

Significant Movements in the History of Political Thought

11. Significant Movements in the History of Political Thought

Want to know how Western countries went from being ruled by absolute monarchs to having democracies? This lesson explains some of the major historical developments in political thought.

U.S. Historical Documents & Democratic Ideals

12. U.S. Historical Documents & Democratic Ideals

While much of what makes America is an idea, that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of concrete documents around, too. This lesson tells the story of four of those documents.

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