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Ch 34: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Government in the US & Missouri

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Take a look at these engaging video lessons about the federal government and the state government of Missouri in preparation for the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test. Try out the multiple-choice quizzes in each lesson for extra review.

MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Government in the US & Missouri - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, instructors lead a series of video lessons designed to prepare you for the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test. Each lesson covers topics related to the United States or Missouri government that are essential for the examination. The lessons in this chapter cover information like:

  • The 3 branches of government and separation of powers
  • The formal process for bills to become laws
  • Examples of the iron triangle
  • History and development of the criminal justice and American court systems
  • Foreign policy tools and development
  • Ordinances at the local, state and federal levels
  • Responsibilities and challenges of state and local governments

The lessons in this chapter can prepare you for questions about government on the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test. Watch entertaining videos and read the text lessons with bold vocabulary terms. You can also choose to take quizzes that correspond to each lesson to get ready for exam day or submit a question to the instructor if a topic is unclear.

10 Lessons in Chapter 34: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Government in the US & Missouri
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The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

1. 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.

Separation of Powers: Definition & Examples

2. Separation of Powers: Definition & Examples

Separation of powers is the distribution of political authority within a government. Learn more about how separation of power works in the United States, then check your understanding of this topic with a quiz.

How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

3. 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.

The Iron Triangle: Definition, Theory & Examples

4. The Iron Triangle: Definition, Theory & Examples

The iron triangle is a unique relationship between bureaucracy, congressmen, and lobbyists that results in the mutual benefit of all three of them. We examine how an iron triangle works and then consider some problems that might arise from an iron triangle.

The History & Development of the U.S. Criminal Justice System

5. The History & Development of the U.S. Criminal Justice System

This lesson describes the development of the criminal justice system in the U.S. Specifically, you will learn how each of the three areas of the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections) developed into the institutions they are today.

American Courts: History, Development & The Dual-Court System

6. American Courts: History, Development & The Dual-Court System

In this lesson, you'll consider the history of the court system in the United States and how two distinct parts developed in the early years of the country. You'll learn about debates among legislators and the significant laws they established.

Tools of Foreign Policy

7. Tools of Foreign Policy

This lesson will explain some of the different tools used in foreign policy. It will focus on diplomacy, sanctions, containment, collective security, deterrence, and military force.

Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

8. Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

Foreign policy is not developed in a vacuum or by only one actor in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the president, Congress and interest groups help develop U.S. foreign policy. A short quiz follows.

Local, State & Federal Ordinances: Definitions and Differences

9. Local, State & Federal Ordinances: Definitions and Differences

In the United States, people are subject to the powers of several governmental units. Citizens must comply with federal, state and local laws - all at the same time. This lesson explores the definitions and differences between federal, state and local laws.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

10. 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.

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