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Fundamental Government & Civics Concepts - Chapter Summary
To get reacquainted with fundamental government and civics concepts, open up the lessons in this chapter. Explore information about the responsibilities and rights of U.S. citizenship, the steps in the naturalization process, and treaties about human rights. Read along with this chapter study guide to review the following:
- Government at the local, state, and federal levels
- The powers of the judicial, legislative, and executive branches
- U.S. elections locally, statewide, and nationally
- The process of the Electoral College
- Humanitarian efforts and intervention
- Political rights and justice
- Groups that make laws in the American legal system
- The process of how a bill transforms into a law
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1. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges
Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.
2. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges
The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.
3. What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits
A federal government is a system that divides up power between a strong national government and smaller local governments. We'll take a look at how power plays out between the national and local government, and the benefits of a federal government.
4. US Citizenship: Rights, Responsibilities & Naturalization Process
In this lesson, we will consider the expectations placed on U.S. citizens, particularly immigrants who undergo naturalization. Learn the specific rights of citizens as well and what makes citizenship different than permanent residency.
5. 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.
6. Local, State & National Elections in the U.S.
Elections are a very important process in the United States. In this lesson, we will look at how elections work at the local, state, and national levels of government.
7. 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.
8. What Are Individual Rights? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn what individual rights are and how they might apply to you. We will look at examples of individual rights and how they derive from our Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution.
9. Human Rights Treaties, Humanitarian Intervention & Political Mindsets
The international community acknowledges the existence of certain universal human rights. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the international community seeks to enforce these rights and hold sovereign states accountable for their violation.
10. Political Justice and Political Rights
Some of the greatest questions in political thought revolve around the nebulous concepts of justice and rights. In this lesson, we'll be exploring these complex concepts. You'll also have a chance to reinforce your knowledge with a short quiz.
11. Sources of Law in the American Legal System
The rules that govern society come from a number of places. This lesson will cover the sources of law in the American legal system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
12. How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process
In this lesson, we will review the process of how a bill becomes a law. We will take a closer look at what steps have to be taken, how a bill is changed and how it is signed into law.
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