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Ch 6: Belief Systems as a Source of Legitimacy

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Watch video lessons and learn about political ideologies and belief systems and their influence on government. The quizzes that follow each lesson can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

Belief Systems as a Source of Legitimacy - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Belief systems influence government policy, affecting decisions on everything from economics to social service programs. The lessons in this chapter examine a few types of political ideologies, such as libertarianism and socialism, as well as how religious beliefs can impact government policy. By the end of the chapter, you'll have an understanding of topics such as:

  • The definition of political ideology
  • How socialism and communism differ
  • History of liberalism
  • An explanation of the underground economy
  • What fascists believe
  • How religion influences political systems in some countries

VideosObjectives
What Is a Political Ideology?Learn to define and present examples of political ideology.
Liberalism: History, Ideology, and InfluenceStudy the history, belief system and impact of liberalism.
Conservatism: History, Ideology, and InfluenceExamine the beliefs, history and influence of conservatism.
Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities and DifferencesGet information on how communism and socialism are alike and ways in which they differ.
Capitalism vs. Socialism: Differences, Advantages/Disadvantages & the 'Underground Economy'Discover the differences between capitalism and socialism as well as learn about the underground economy.
Fascism: History, Ideology, and InfluenceLearn what fascism is and its role in governments.
What Is Religion? - Definition & Role in SocietyExamine religion and its influence in the world.
Religion's Influence on the StateLearn how religious views can influence government.

8 Lessons in Chapter 6: Belief Systems as a Source of Legitimacy
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What Is a Political Ideology?

1. 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

2. 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 tenants and its influence.

Conservatism: History, Ideology, and Influence

3. 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.

Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

4. 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.

Capitalism vs. Socialism: Differences, Advantages/Disadvantages & the 'Underground Economy'

5. Capitalism vs. Socialism: Differences, Advantages/Disadvantages & the 'Underground Economy'

This lesson explores formal and informal economies by discussing the differences between capitalism, socialism, and the underground economy. Key characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of these economies will be covered.

Fascism: History, Ideology, and Influence

6. 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.

What Is Religion? - Definition & Role in Society

7. What Is Religion? - Definition & Role in Society

This lesson will focus on the traits of religion. Using the works of Tillich and Noss, it will highlight religion's belief in the supernatural, its inclusion of a moral code, and its use of prescribed ritual acts.

Religion's Influence on the State

8. Religion's Influence on the State

In the United States, we tend to take a separation between religion and government for granted. However, in other parts of the world, religious traditions don't only have official support of the state but sometimes are also even part of it.

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