Ch 5: Forms of Government: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Forms of Government chapter of this Intro to Political Science Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the different forms of government. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn essential information about the forms of government.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help understanding introductory political science material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding the function of government, as well as the difference between authoritarianism and totalitarianism.
  • Need an efficient way to learn about forms of government.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra political science learning resources at school.

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Forms of Government chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Forms of Government chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • What is the civic, economic and social role of government in the United States?
  • How do participatory and representative democracies differ from each other?
  • What are the different types of constitutional governments?
  • How do authoritarian and totalitarian autocracies compare to each other?
  • What is a transitional government, and how does it work?

19 Lessons in Chapter 5: Forms of Government: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

1. What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

In this lesson, we will examine the various definitions of government. Then we will take a close look at the functions of the U.S. government and the role it plays in citizens' everyday lives.

What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

2. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

In this lesson, we will study the nature of democracy. We will define the term, take a look at the types of democracy, and examine its basic principles.

What is Direct Democracy? - Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons

3. What is Direct Democracy? - Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons

Direct democracy is a form of government in which all laws are created by a general vote of society. We'll consider some examples of direct democracy and look at some pros and cons of this type of democracy.

What is a State Government? - Definition & Overview

4. What is a State Government? - Definition & Overview

Learn about state governments and their role in the political life of a nation. Discover who has political power in a state government and observe the potential conflicts between state government and national government.

What is Indirect Democracy? - Definition, Advantages & Examples

5. What is Indirect Democracy? - Definition, Advantages & Examples

Indirect democracies are the most common type of democratic system in the world. We'll compare this system of government to direct democracy, discuss the advantages of indirect democracy and look at some of the many examples of indirect democracy.

What is Limited Government? - Definition, Principle & Examples

6. What is Limited Government? - Definition, Principle & Examples

This lesson will provide insight on limited government and its principles as well as give some examples of limited government in society. Read on to learn more, then take a quiz to test your knowledge on limited government.

What Is the Force Theory of Government?

7. What Is the Force Theory of Government?

In this lesson, you will learn about a method of establishing a new country or government through what is known as force theory. When you are through with the lesson, test your new knowledge with a quiz.

Prime Ministers of Israel

8. Prime Ministers of Israel

This lesson will introduce you to the current prime minister of Israel, as well as provide a list of the prime ministers that have served to date. Learn about key achievements and how they have shaped world affairs.

Prime Ministers of Canada

9. Prime Ministers of Canada

Canada is a world leader and major North American nation, but its political structure is a bit different from the rest of the continent. In this lesson we'll talk about the Canadian prime ministers, and see how they impacted the nation.

Prime Ministers of India

10. Prime Ministers of India

India is a very large nation, both in terms of size and population. This makes government in India tricky. In this lesson, we'll talk about some people who tackled the office of prime minister, and see how they impacted the nation's history.

Melanesian Socialism vs. Democracy

11. Melanesian Socialism vs. Democracy

Socialism and democracy are often seen as being at odds. Does this change if we go to Melanesia? In this lesson, we'll see how Melanesian socialism and democracy have interacted throughout history.

Melanesian Socialism vs. Fascism

12. Melanesian Socialism vs. Fascism

In this lesson, you'll learn about the form of socialism promoted in the Pacific Island nation of New Hebrides in the 1980s and 1990s. We'll highlight its central characteristics and contrast it with fascism, an extremely authoritarian form of government.

Melanesian Socialism vs. Capitalism

13. Melanesian Socialism vs. Capitalism

You may have heard of socialism, but Melanesian socialism? In this lesson, we'll explore this concept and compare it to another economic system in the world: capitalism.

Melanesian Socialism vs. Communism

14. Melanesian Socialism vs. Communism

Socialism and communism are easy to confuse, so why would this conversation change just because we're in Melanesia? In this lesson, we'll examine Melanesian socialism and see how it differs from communism.

Parliamentary Sovereignty: Definition, Origin & Significance

15. Parliamentary Sovereignty: Definition, Origin & Significance

Parliamentary systems take power from a monarch, but for that to work the parliament needs its own authority. In this lesson, we'll see what that looks like and how it was first developed.

Parliamentary Sovereignty: Features & Example

16. Parliamentary Sovereignty: Features & Example

In this lesson, we will learn about parliamentary sovereignty. We will define the term to understand what it is and we will highlight notable examples.

Parliamentary Sovereignty: Analysis, Advantages & Limitations

17. Parliamentary Sovereignty: Analysis, Advantages & Limitations

In this lesson we will discuss and analyze parliamentary sovereignty. We will apply critical thinking skills to understand the advantages and disadvantages of this political system.

What is Print Capitalism? - Definition, History & Examples

18. What is Print Capitalism? - Definition, History & Examples

How did nation-states come to be? They didn't just appear out of nowhere, did they? In this lesson, we'll see how printing, economics, and communities all entertwined to reshape the way we perceived our identities.

Proletarian Internationalism: Definition & Principle

19. Proletarian Internationalism: Definition & Principle

What does it truly mean to be part of a global struggle? In this lesson, we are going to check out the concept of proletarian internationalism and find out.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter 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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