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Government & Civics Basics - Chapter Summary
This chapter's comprehensive overview of government and civics can help you gain greater insight into the basics of democracy, civic duty and more! Explore fun lessons developed by top instructors to ensure you're capable of doing the following:
- Differentiate between unitary, confederal and federal governments
- Describe the structure and detail the history of the parliamentary system of government
- Explain the role and impact of the Constitution on the government
- Define and list types and principles of democracy
- Identify and discuss the core principles of American government
- Exhibit knowledge of a civil society and citizenship
- Share examples of civic duty
Every lesson in this chapter is available in two formats: short videos and transcripts. The videos average 8 minutes each and consist of entertaining visual presentations that keep you engaged. The transcripts allow you to read the lesson materials online or print them to take additional notes. Accompanying each lesson is a short quiz you can complete to measure your understanding. Our practice exam offers an opportunity for a more expansive review of the lessons.
1. Unitary, Confederal & Federal Governments
This lesson compares three systems of government, and gives you the basics about each. Learn how the region that is now the United States has interacted with all three approaches.
2. The History and Structure of the Parliamentary System of Government
In this lesson, we explore the parliamentary system of government and several of the European nations that employ the system, as well as the European Parliament and its constraints.
3. What is a Constitution? - Role & Impact on Government
We hear the word 'constitution' thrown around a great deal, but do we ever stop to think about what a constitution really is? Almost every country has one, and every U.S. state does too, but they are often very different from each other.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Civil Society and Citizenship
Citizenship and civil society are important concepts in the study of political science. In this lesson, you'll learn what citizenship is and what it means for people that hold it. You'll also learn about the important role of civil society in a democracy.
7. Civic Duty: Definition & Examples
Civic duties are legally mandated responsibilities that all citizens are required to fulfill. Failure to fulfill these obligations could result in legal punishment. We'll look at some examples in American society.
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- World History (8000 BCE to 600 CE)
- World History (600 to 1600)
- World History (1600 to 1930)
- World History (1930 to Present)
- American Revolution & the New Nation (1754-1820s)
- U.S. Expansion & Reform (1801-1861)
- U.S. Civil War (1850-1877)
- Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1900)
- The Great Depression & World War II (1929-1945)
- World Events & Politics After World War II (1946-1959)
- Events & Presidents During the Cold War (1950-1973)
- Civil Rights & Other Movements in the US (1954-1973)
- Contemporary United States (1976-Present)
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- Civil Liberties in the U.S.
- Civil Rights in the U.S.
- Election Process
- Fundamentals of Political Culture & Public Opinion
- Public Policy Overview
- Role and Influence of the U.S. Media
- Foundations of Economics
- Basic Geography Tools & Concepts
- Physical Features of the Earth & the Environment
- Overview & Effects of Human Migration
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