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Ch 15: FTCE Social Science: The Election Process

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Brush up on your understanding of the election process by watching the engaging video lessons presented in this study guide chapter. The material covered in these lessons will help you prepare for the FTCE Social Science exam.

FTCE Social Science: The Election Process - Chapter Summary

Part of being an involved and informed citizen of this country is understanding the election process. While the details of this process can be somewhat cumbersome and confusing, the fun and easy-to-understand format of these lessons make learning this information interactive and engaging. Prepare for election-related questions on the FTCE Social Science exam by studying the topics in this chapter, including:

  • Structure and function of political and national parties and how they developed and changed before and after the Civil War
  • Comparison of two-party and multi-party systems
  • Examples of minor (third) parties and their role in the system
  • Examination of contemporary U.S. political parties
  • Influence and relationship of interest groups and political parties
  • Purpose of electoral and party systems and the function of the electoral college
  • Process of elections from primary to general election and what factors influence voters during elections

After reviewing the information detailed in these lessons, utilize the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to ensure you have sufficiently retained the key concepts. Each quiz has direct links back to specific points within the lesson so you can quickly access the information you want to review. Further prepare for related questions on the FTCE Social Science exam by printing the video transcripts and quiz worksheets to use as hard-copy study material. Instructors are also available to answer any questions.

12 Lessons in Chapter 15: FTCE Social Science: The Election Process
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Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization

1. Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization

The following lesson will introduce you to the concept of political parties in the United States government. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

The National Parties: Organization & Structure

2. The National Parties: Organization & Structure

The following lesson will cover the structure and organization of the Democratic and Republican parties at the national level. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

History of Political Parties in the United States (Pre-Civil War)

3. History of Political Parties in the United States (Pre-Civil War)

The following lesson will discuss the history and evolution of the two-party system in the United States. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

History of Political Parties in the United States (Post-Civil War)

4. History of Political Parties in the United States (Post-Civil War)

The following lesson will continue to cover the history of political parties, this time, the history that occurred after the Civil War. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Two-Party & Multi-Party Systems: Similarities & Differences

5. Two-Party & Multi-Party Systems: Similarities & Differences

The following lesson will cover the similarities and differences between the two-party and multi-party systems of government. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples

6. Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples

The following lesson will introduce the concept of third parties, as well as explain their role in the national political party system. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties

7. The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties

The following lesson will cover the current state of the two major political parties in the United States and the mechanisms that cause political change. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups

8. The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups

The following lesson will cover the similarities and differences between political parties and interest groups. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role

9. Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role

The following lesson will define and explain the role of the United States' electoral system and how it affects the shape of our party system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

10. Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

In the United States, we use two different types of presidential elections. Both primary and general elections are used to determine a winning candidate. This lesson explains primary and general elections, including the differences between the two.

The Electoral College: Definition & Process

11. The Electoral College: Definition & Process

In the U.S., our presidential elections are decided using the Electoral College. The system is meant to balance election power between the federal and state governments. This lesson explains what the Electoral College is and how it works.

Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections

12. Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections

Many factors influence voters during presidential elections. The voter's background, party identification and view of the government's past performance are some of the important influences. This lesson examines influences on voter behavior.

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