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Ch 32: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: The Foundations of Government

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In preparation for the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test, study this chapter on the foundations of government. You can access the lessons and quizzes in this chapter from anywhere via a mobile device.

MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: The Foundations of Government - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to improve your understanding of the foundations of government for the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test. Engaging text and video lessons illustrate some of the essential topics covered on this exam. The lessons in this chapter cover information like:

  • An overview of political science
  • Definitions of terms like gerrymandering, political power and democracy
  • The procedure of judicial review
  • Examples of the social contract theory
  • An analysis of the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers
  • A summary of the Gettysburg Address
  • Democratic ideals and their spread during the American Revolution
  • Traditional types of government and autocracy
  • Social science research

Use this chapter to prepare for questions about the foundations of government on MEGA Social Science Multi-Content test. Video and text lessons will explore this subject in depth, and quizzes will allow you to practice for the exam. Access this information from anywhere using this mobile-friendly chapter.

13 Lessons in Chapter 32: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: The Foundations of Government
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What is Political Science?

1. What is Political Science?

The great Greek philosopher Aristotle once called political science the master science. In this lesson, you'll learn what political science is, different subfields in the discipline, and why the study of political science is important.

Gerrymandering: Definition, History, Types & Examples

2. Gerrymandering: Definition, History, Types & Examples

Gerrymandering is the process of drawing congressional districts in a way that favors one political party or interest group. In this lesson, we'll consider examples of gerrymandering, some typical strategies, and gerrymandering's effect on elections.

Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

3. Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

In this lesson, we will take a close look at political power. We will define the term, examine its elements, and learn about several theories that help determine who gets to use political power.

What is a Judicial Review? - Procedure & Definition

4. What is a Judicial Review? - Procedure & Definition

In this lesson, we will define judicial review, learn about its historical background, examine the procedure involved in using judicial review and look at examples of how the Supreme Court has used judicial review.

Social Contract Theory: Definition & Examples

5. Social Contract Theory: Definition & Examples

Since the beginning of human civilization, social contracts have helped structure how people and governments worked together. Learn about social contract theory and what some important thinkers from the 1600s onward had to say about it.

The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

6. The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in U.S. History and led to the country's independence from Great Britain. In this lesson, we will review the main components of this important document.

The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis

7. The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis

The Federalist Papers are one of the most important documents in American history. The letters played a large role in ratifying the Constitution by teaching the public why the Constitution was needed and what exactly it contained.

Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis

8. Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis

This lesson discusses the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches in American history. Learn more about what Abraham Lincoln's speech means and test your knowledge with a quiz.

What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

9. 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 Spread of Democratic Ideals During the Revolutionary War

10. The Spread of Democratic Ideals During the Revolutionary War

Democratic ideals spread before, during and after the American Revolution. This generated the democratic government known in the United States today. This lesson explores the Revolutionary roots of the Constitution.

Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

11. Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

In this lesson, we will explore several traditional types of government. We will define each type and take a close look at its strengths and weaknesses.

What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism

12. What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism

In this lesson, you'll imagine living in an autocracy. You will consider what would change if you went from an authoritarian society to a more totalitarian approach to government.

What Is Social Science Research? - Definition, Methods & Topics

13. What Is Social Science Research? - Definition, Methods & Topics

Social science research investigates human behavior. This lesson defines social science research, explains the methods used and the topics studied within the field.

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