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Ch 43: Ancient Civilizations of India - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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Let this chapter on the Ancient Civilizations of India help you prepare for the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam, with lessons hitting on all the related material you'll encounter on the test.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: Ancient Civilizations of India - Chapter Summary

This chapter focuses on several key civilizations and ideologies throughout the history of India as well as the aspects that informed them. The video lessons provide a review of the topics related to this subject that you may see on the exam, including:

  • The origins of Hinduism, the Indus River Valley and the Harappa culture
  • The four goals of Hindu life
  • Gautama Buddha
  • Buddhism
  • The Mauryan Empire
  • The Gupta Dynasty
  • Indian religions, culture, science and trade
  • Hindu castles and the Laws of Manu

At the end of each lesson, which includes both a video and transcript of the content, you'll have the chance to verify your understanding of the material with a practice quiz. If you get an answer wrong, the quiz will give you an option to jump back to the part of the lesson that explains the question. And if you're still stumped, you can always ask questions of our professional instructors, using the teacher or help tab.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: Ancient Civilizations of India Chapter Objectives

The MTEL political science/political philosophy exam is intended to measure your grasp of the field at the level required for a baccalaureate major according to Massachusetts standards. The test is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response items spread across six distinct subtests. The content within this chapter will be helpful in your preparation for the history subtest, which includes questions related to the cultural developments of ancient India. Taken as a whole, this subtest will count towards 20% of your score on the exam, and you can use this chapter to make sure you're ready for every question about the ancient civilizations of India that you'll encounter.

8 Lessons in Chapter 43: Ancient Civilizations of India - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

1. The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

This lesson will seek to explain the origins of Hinduism. Highlighting the Harappa culture and the Vedic period, it will also explore the Hindu beliefs in Moksha and Brahman.

The Four Goals of Hindu Life: Kama, Artha, Dharma & Moksha

2. The Four Goals of Hindu Life: Kama, Artha, Dharma & Moksha

This lesson will seek to explain the four permissible goals of Hindu life. In doing so, it will define the ancient concepts of kama, artha, dharma and moksha.

Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

3. Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

This lesson will explore the founding of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama. It will also highlight nirvana, asceticism, the concept of a bodhisattva, and the Bodhi tree.

Buddhism: The Middle Way to Enlightenment

4. Buddhism: The Middle Way to Enlightenment

This lesson will explore the term 'Middle Way' as an alternate name for Buddhism. In doing so, it will highlight Siddhartha Gautama as the founder of Buddhism, while also detailing his belief in the Eightfold Path.

The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

5. The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

In this lesson, we will study India's Mauryan Empire. We will learn about its rulers, explore its government and economy, delve into its religious life, and examine its decline and disappearance.

The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals

6. The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals

In this lesson, we will explore India's Gupta dynasty. We will learn about its founding and expansion, discover the achievements of its people, and examine its decline and disappearance.

Indian Religions, Culture, Science & Trade

7. Indian Religions, Culture, Science & Trade

India has had a massive impact on the world, from being the birthplace of two popular religions to being the origin for many of the most important scientific discoveries in history.

Hindu Castes and the Laws of Manu

8. Hindu Castes and the Laws of Manu

This lesson will seek to explain the complex Hindu castes of Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra, and the Untouchables. It will also highlight the Laws of Manu.

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