Ch 1: Basic Terms and Concepts of Political Science: Tutoring Solution

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Learning objectives:

  • Describe different types of political power.
  • Explore political science representation.
  • Discuss citizenship and civil society as well as political rights and justice.
  • Take a look at the shifting of power from the majority to a few.
  • Contrast nations, countries, states and governments.
  • Highlight the components of the gross domestic product.
  • Describe the correlation between public opinion and political culture.
  • Discuss the rules of politics in America, including capitalism and democracy.

26 Lessons in Chapter 1: Basic Terms and Concepts of Political Science: Tutoring Solution
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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 Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion

8. The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion

Politicians are always trying to take the pulse of public opinion, either to follow it or to try to change it. In this lesson, you'll learn about public opinion and its relation to political culture. A short quiz follows.

The Difference Between Countries, Nations, States, and Governments

9. 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

10. 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.

Gross Domestic Product: Definition and Components

11. Gross Domestic Product: Definition and Components

Learn how economists measure the total production of an economy using gross domestic product (GDP). This lesson also outlines the components that make up a GDP. How do we calculate the economic value of a nation?

Pendleton Civil Service Act: Definition & Summary

12. Pendleton Civil Service Act: Definition & Summary

This lesson will discuss the Pendleton Civil Service Act. You'll learn why the act was adopted, how it continues to be renewed, and how it impacts the appointment of individuals to federal jobs.

President Pro Tempore: Definition, Role & Duties

13. President Pro Tempore: Definition, Role & Duties

If the vice-president is the president of the Senate, and his job is mainly breaking ties, what happens when he can't be around? That's when the president pro tempore steps in...and amazingly, he's a lot more important than just that.

Proportional Representation: Definition, Example, Pros & Cons

14. Proportional Representation: Definition, Example, Pros & Cons

This lesson will discuss the electoral system of proportional representation. We'll go over what it is and list a few countries who use it in their elections. Then we'll briefly discuss the pros and cons of using this kind of electoral system.

Ratification: Definition & Process

15. Ratification: Definition & Process

In this lesson, we'll discuss the meaning of ratification. We will also talk about how ratification of the Constitution occurred, how amendments to the Constitution are approved, and how foreign treaties are ratified.

Representative Government: Definition & Examples

16. Representative Government: Definition & Examples

Through this lesson, you will learn what defines a representative government and gain insight into how it operates in democratic political systems. You'll also learn the benefits and challenges of a representative government.

Republican Government: Definition & Advantages

17. Republican Government: Definition & Advantages

In a republican government, all power comes from the people. Learn more about the principles of republican government and the advantages of this type of government. Check your understanding with a quiz.

Rhode Island: History, Facts & Government

18. Rhode Island: History, Facts & Government

The smallest state in the United States was founded by refugees from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, fleeing religious persecution. Industrialized by the end of the eighteenth-century, Rhode Island has a rich history and a modern progressive culture.

Speaker of the House: Definition, Role & Duties

19. Speaker of the House: Definition, Role & Duties

The Speaker of the House of Representatives is third in line for the presidency and the person most in control of the American legislative process. Learn more about this powerful position in government and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

State Constitutions: Definition & Overview

20. State Constitutions: Definition & Overview

In this lesson, we explore state constitutions. All fifty states, and even some U.S. territories, have a state constitution in place, and their origin, domain, length, and time of writing can vary wildly from state to state.

State Legislature: Definition & Overview

21. State Legislature: Definition & Overview

In this lesson we explore state legislatures. Consisting of representatives of the people of each state, state legislatures are an important part of each state government.

State of Delaware: History & Facts

22. State of Delaware: History & Facts

The state of Delaware is one of the smaller states in the nation, yet as important as any other. In this lesson, we will look at a brief history of Delaware as well as learn some interesting facts about it.

State of Massachusetts: Facts & History

23. State of Massachusetts: Facts & History

From the landing of Puritan colonists at Plymouth Rock in the 1620, Massachusetts has been hugely significant to the history of the United States. Learn how the economy, culture and history of Massachusetts has helped shape America.

Political Campaign Strategies

24. Political Campaign Strategies

Political campaigning is a serious venture in the United States, requiring planning and coordinated strategy. In this lesson, we'll talk about various campaign strategies and see how they have been used through history.

General Intent Crimes: Definition & Examples

25. General Intent Crimes: Definition & Examples

A general intent crime is a crime that is committed with intent, but the results that happened were not proved to be intentional. This lesson discusses the varieties of general intent crimes.

Specific Intent Crimes: Definition & Examples

26. Specific Intent Crimes: Definition & Examples

In some criminal cases, the defendant's state of mind while committing the crime is important. In this lesson, you'll learn about specific intent crimes and what differentiates them from other types of crimes.

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