Ch 15: FTCE Social Science: Political Systems

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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 15: FTCE Social Science: Political Systems
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What Is a Political Ideology?

1. What Is a Political Ideology?

A political ideology is a set of beliefs that forms the basis of how an individual, a group, or a social class views the world and the proper role of government. Explore the definition and importance of political ideology and examples of two different types, liberalism and socialism.

Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More

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

Each type of government rises to power and rules in a unique way. Learn more about each form of government--monarchy, democracy, oligarchy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism--how they come into power, and how they rule.

What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism

3. What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism

An autocracy occurs when one person holds political power and control. Explore what happens when the power is in one person and compare aspects of totalitarianism and authoritarianism.

Theocracy: Definition & Examples

4. Theocracy: Definition & Examples

Theocracy is a political system in which religious codes and the laws of the state are one and the same. Discover examples of theocracies from ancient times to today, as well as how Henry VIII's England appeared to be theocratic but was not.

Liberalism: History, Ideology, and Influence

5. Liberalism: History, Ideology, and Influence

In the Western world, liberalism is one of the great political traditions and a dominant political ideology in the United States. Learn about the history of liberalism as well as the definition, ideology, and influence.

Conservatism: History, Ideology, and Influence

6. Conservatism: History, Ideology, and Influence

Traditional conservatism as a political philosophy dates back to the late 18th century but only loosely resembles the brand of conservatism practiced in the United States today. Explore the history of traditional conservatism in Europe and compare and contrast it with the modern American style of conservatism.

Libertarianism: History and Philosophy

7. Libertarianism: History and Philosophy

Libertarianism is a political philosophy that advocates for a minimal government that protects individual liberty above all else. Explore the history of Libertarianism and its philosophy, general principles, and various types.

Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

8. Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

Socialism is focused on reducing social class inequalities through equal resource allocation whereas communism is focused on complete equality through no private property ownership. Explore the similarities and differences between the philosophies.

Fascism: History, Ideology, and Influence

9. Fascism: History, Ideology, and Influence

Fascism is a dangerous political ideology that developed after World War I in Italy and Germany. This lesson breaks down the definition and characteristics of fascism, its history, and its negative influence on the world.

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