Ch 14: FTCE Social Science: American Government

About This Chapter

The lessons of this chapter will help you prepare for questions on the FTCE Social Science exam regarding various aspects of American government including its role, function, core values, and other topics.

FTCE Social Science: American Government - Chapter Summary

As you prepare for the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) Social Science exam, use these lessons to refresh your knowledge of the purposes, different types, core principles and structure of the American government. These lessons are taught by our professional instructors so that you may have an effective way to review:

  • The government's role, functions, values, and principles
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the different types of government
  • How government is affected by politics
  • Principles and types of democracy
  • The rules of American politics
  • Powers and responsibilities of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government

You can reinforce your retention of the information in these lessons by reading the lesson transcripts. Then take the lesson quizzes to test your understanding of the reviewed content. Your results from these short assessments will help you discover material you don't understand and provide you with video tags you can use to return to and re-study the relevant parts of the lessons.

11 Lessons in Chapter 14: FTCE Social Science: American Government
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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.

Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

2. Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

In this lesson, we will explore several traditional types of government. We will define each type and take a close look at its strengths and weaknesses.

The Core Principles of American Government

3. The Core Principles of American Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.

America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

4. America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of America's core values. We will focus especially on liberty, self-government, equality, individualism, diversity, and unity.

Politics: Definition and Source of Governmental Conflict

5. 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

6. 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.

What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

7. 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.

The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

8. The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

In 1787, leaders from each of the states gathered to write the United States Constitution. The Constitution sets out how our nation is governed and creates a system that separates powers between different branches. This lesson explores the three branches of our federal government.

Legislative Branch of Government: Definition, Power & Function

9. Legislative Branch of Government: Definition, Power & Function

Define the legislative branch of government, understand the various powers that the branch possesses, and learn about its important function in creating legislation in this lesson.

Executive Branch of Government: Definition, Responsibilities & Power

10. Executive Branch of Government: Definition, Responsibilities & Power

The executive branch of government is responsible for enforcing the laws of the United States. Learn more about the executive branch, its responsibilities, and the extent of its power. Afterward, take a short quiz to check your understanding of the executive branch.

Judicial Branch of Government: Definition, Role & Power

11. Judicial Branch of Government: Definition, Role & Power

In this lesson we examine the judicial branch of the government, including the Supreme Court and its power of judicial review. You will learn how the Supreme Court can rule laws unconstitutional.

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