Ch 18: FTCE Social Science: Political Systems

About This Chapter

Examine the means through which people govern themselves through careful study of the lessons in our Political Systems chapter. The video lessons will help you confidently approach related FTCE Social Science exam questions.

FTCE Social Science: Political Systems - Chapter Summary

These lessons will help you identify, explain and gain an in-depth understanding of the various forms of government instituted by societies over the centuries and the philosophical and ideological tenets upon which they are founded. As you view these short video lessons, you will be able to apply the information you review to questions on the FTCE Social Science test. You will see material on the following topics:

  • The definition for political ideology
  • Types of governmental systems
  • Authoritarianism and totalitarianism
  • The definition for theocracy
  • Conservatism and liberalism
  • Similarities and differences between communism and socialism
  • The origin and philosophical basis of libertarianism

Studying, whether for an exam or for personal enrichment, should never be a chore. These refreshing little video lessons ensure that it is not, by taking a charmingly clever approach that engages and holds your interest while providing you with solid information. You'll also find fully written transcripts, short lesson quizzes, and a chapter test.

9 Lessons in Chapter 18: FTCE Social Science: Political Systems
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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.

Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More

2. Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More

The governance of nations differs significantly based on who has power. This lesson will differentiate five forms of government: monarchy, democracy, oligarchy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism.

What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism

3. What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism

In this lesson, you'll imagine living in an autocracy. You will consider what would change if you went from an authoritarian society to a more totalitarian approach to government.

Theocracy: Definition & Examples

4. Theocracy: Definition & Examples

Throughout history, governments have relied on various ideologies to structure bureaucracy. In this lesson, we explore theocracy, a system of government in which the country's religious institutions are closely intertwined with the state.

Liberalism: History, Ideology, and Influence

5. 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 tenets and its influence.

Conservatism: History, Ideology, and Influence

6. 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.

Libertarianism: History and Philosophy

7. Libertarianism: History and Philosophy

If you hold liberty above all other values, you might just be a libertarian. In this lesson, you'll learn about libertarianism, including what it is, its general principles and its history. A short quiz follows.

Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

8. 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.

Fascism: History, Ideology, and Influence

9. 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.

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