Ch 17: Basic Political Science Concepts

About This Chapter

In this chapter, you'll find a series of lessons that go over basic political science concepts. Review these fun lessons and quizzes whenever you need to brush up on these topics for exams, homework, class assignments, projects or research papers.

Basic Political Science Concepts - Chapter Summary

Review basic concepts in political science with this self-paced collection of video lessons. The chapter, which is taught by expert instructors, helps you learn or review key concepts that are central to political science, such as natural rights, sovereignty and political ideology. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Analyze examples of social contracts
  • Discuss the theory behind natural rights
  • Recognize the elements of self-government
  • Explain the meaning of sovereignty
  • Describe polarity, collective security and the balance of power in the context of world conflicts
  • Recognize the components of political ideologies

To ensure that you fully understand the chapter's political science terms and concepts, we've included lesson-specific quizzes and a chapter exam. As you work through the chapter, your dashboard will keep track of your progress. If you have questions at any point during your studying process, simply reach out to our experts online.

6 Lessons in Chapter 17: Basic Political Science Concepts
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is a Social Contract? - Definition & Examples

1. What is a Social Contract? - Definition & Examples

Learn about the idea of a social contract. Then you can understand how the concept has helped people to create modern governments all over the world that are more responsible to their citizens.

Natural Rights: Definition, Theory & Examples

2. Natural Rights: Definition, Theory & Examples

In this lesson we will look at natural rights. We will learn the definition and the theory that surround these rights. As the lesson progresses, examples will be given, followed by a summary and a quiz.

What is Self-government? - Definition & Explanation

3. What is Self-government? - Definition & Explanation

In countries that have self-government, the people direct their own affairs, free from external authority. Learn more about the history and principles of self-government in the United States, and check your understanding of this topic with a quiz.

What is Sovereignty? - Definition & Meaning

4. What is Sovereignty? - Definition & Meaning

In this lesson, we will learn about the meaning of sovereignty. We will take a closer look at what it takes to become recognized as a sovereign nation by a government's own citizenry and by the world as a whole.

Understanding the Balance of Power, Polarity & Collective Security in World Conflicts

5. Understanding the Balance of Power, Polarity & Collective Security in World Conflicts

In this lesson, we will examine some of the theoretical concepts related to modern global conflict. Specifically, we will look at balance of power, types of polarity and lateralism, and collective security.

What Is a Political Ideology?

6. 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.

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