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Ch 53: Basic Political Science Terms & Concepts

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Quickly review basic political science concepts and terms using the engaging videos you'll find in this chapter. We've included short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes you can use to catch up after missing class or to prepare for an important examination.

Basic Political Science Terms & Concepts - Chapter Summary

This chapter on basic political science terms and concepts is made up of a collection of video lessons you can access by mobile device or computer. As you study, you'll watch videos on the meaning of sovereignty, the definition of federalism, and the balance of power and collective security in world conflicts. This chapter is designed to assist you in achieving these goals:

  • Explain the different types of injunctions and their processes
  • Define eminent domain
  • Describe executive privilege and give examples
  • Discuss the motives of political patronage
  • Differentiate between strict and loose constructions of the Constitution
  • Define political socialization
  • Identify the purpose of interest groups
  • Provide a definition of social contract theory

You'll feel confident in your knowledge of these concepts once you've completed this mobile-friendly and self-paced chapter. You can watch all the videos or just focus on specific lessons for a completely customized study experience. To ensure you're ready for the next lesson, take the chapter test and lesson quizzes to test your knowledge.

11 Lessons in Chapter 53: Basic Political Science Terms & Concepts
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What is Sovereignty? - Definition & Meaning

1. 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.

What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

2. What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

The United States government is based on federalism, with governmental power divided between several entities. This lesson explores federalism and explains the factors that led to its use in the U.S.

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

3. 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 an Injunction? - Definition, Types, Process & Example

4. What is an Injunction? - Definition, Types, Process & Example

After completing this lesson, you will know what constitutes an injunction. Additionally, you will understand the different kinds of injunctions, as well as the general requirements and procedures for obtaining an injunction. Finally, you will review an example of this legal process.

What is Eminent Domain? - Definition, History & Examples

5. What is Eminent Domain? - Definition, History & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the meaning of eminent domain, the government's right to exercise the power of eminent domain and examples of eminent domain.

Executive Privilege: Definition & Examples

6. Executive Privilege: Definition & Examples

This lesson will discuss executive privilege. You will learn what executive privilege is, where its authority comes from, and better understand executive privilege through examples of its use from history and today.

Political Patronage: Definition, Motives & Example

7. Political Patronage: Definition, Motives & Example

In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of political patronage, as well as why it can be difficult to identify, what its actually used for, and how it influences political systems.

Strict & Loose Constructions of the Constitution

8. Strict & Loose Constructions of the Constitution

In this lesson, you'll learn the difference between two philosophies of constitutional interpretation: strict construction and loose construction. You will also learn the historical, political, and legal significance of the terms, as well as how they apply to contemporary legal controversies.

What is Political Socialization?

9. What is Political Socialization?

Political socialization is the process by which people form their ideas about politics. This lesson explains political socialization and discusses the means through which Americans form their political values.

Interest Group: Definition, Purpose, Theory & Examples

10. Interest Group: Definition, Purpose, Theory & Examples

Interest groups play a major role in shaping public policies that impact business practices. The following lesson will introduce you to the definition, purpose, theories, and examples of interest groups.

Social Contract Theory: Definition & Examples

11. Social Contract Theory: Definition & Examples

Since the beginning of human civilization, social contracts have helped structure how people and governments worked together. Learn about social contract theory and what some important thinkers from the 1600s onward had to say about it.

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