Ch 41: CLEP Social Sciences and History: Introduction to Political Science

About This Chapter

These short videos explain political science, examine various political theories and compare political systems. Each offers a short quiz to help you test your mastery of the subject.

CLEP Social Sciences and History: Introduction to Political Science - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Many of us don't spend much time thinking about politics, but the fact is that policy and power battles in government and industry affect all facets of our daily lives. This chapter will introduce you to the various definitions of politics and explain numerous political theories. You will get an overview of the rules that govern American politics and learn how they compare to those of other nations. Make sure to take the assessments after each lesson to help you gauge your retention of the information. These videos will:

  • Introduce you to the concepts of power, authority, sovereignty and legitimacy
  • Give an overview of political culture in the United States and other countries
  • Examine the distribution of political power in America
  • Explore the concepts of democracy, constitutionalism, and capitalism
  • Scrutinize concepts of class, elite, bureaucracy and pluralism

Video Objective
What is Political Science? Define and overview the field of political science.
American Politics: Definition, Conflict & Rules Learn about American democracy and constitutionalism.
Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources Analyze the meaning of power and see how it's distributed in American politics.
Approaches to Political Theory: Normative and Empirical Distinguish between normative and empirical approaches to political theory.
Comparing Government Structures & Political Systems Review the frameworks of government structures and compare the political systems of different nations.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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