Ch 16: Government & Civics Basics

About This Chapter

Fun video lessons in this self-paced chapter can quickly boost your knowledge of government and civics basics. If you're studying for a test, explore the lessons and take mini-quizzes to gauge your understanding and ability to excel.

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.

7 Lessons in Chapter 16: Government & Civics Basics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Unitary, Confederal & Federal Governments

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.

The History and Structure of the Parliamentary System of Government

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.

What is a Constitution? - Role & Impact on Government

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.

What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

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.

The Core Principles of American Government

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.

Civil Society and Citizenship

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.

Civic Duty: Definition & Examples

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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