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Ch 52: MTLE Social Studies: U.S. Political Processes

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The short and engaging video lessons in this chapter are designed to strengthen your knowledge of U.S. political processes. Gain greater insight into the U.S. electoral systems, civic duty and more as you study for the MTLE Social Studies assessment.

MTLE Social Studies: U.S. Political Processes - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive overview can ensure you're able to competently answer questions related to the U.S. political processes on the MTLE Social Studies assessment. After reviewing the lessons in this chapter, you will be prepared for items on the following:

  • How politics can be defined
  • The American government's key principles
  • How the Electoral College works
  • General, special and primary elections
  • Kinds of partisan elections
  • U.S. political participation factors
  • Alternative forms of political participation
  • The meaning of civic duty
  • The history of civil liberties in the U.S.

Expert instructors in the lessons ensure you have the definitions, explanations and examples needed to fully understand the U.S. political processes. Feel free to watch the videos or study the full transcripts with helpful vocabulary words. You can test your comprehension of the lessons by taking self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam. Any questions about lesson topics can be submitted to our experts.

11 Lessons in Chapter 52: MTLE Social Studies: U.S. Political Processes
Politics: Definition and Source of Governmental Conflict

1. Politics: Definition and Source of Governmental Conflict

In this lesson, we will explore the concept of politics. We will examine the various definitions of the word, take a close look at the role of politics in government, and investigate the conflicts sometimes caused by politics.

The Core Principles of American Government

2. 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.

Representation & U.S. Electoral Systems

3. Representation & U.S. Electoral Systems

In this lesson, you'll consider the importance of representation in elections and how districts can help achieve this. You will learn about winner-take-all elections and ones that aim to be more proportional to the votes cast.

The Electoral College: Definition & Process

4. 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.

Types of Elections: Primary, General & Special

5. Types of Elections: Primary, General & Special

The process of electing a political candidate can involve several different types of elections. This lesson describes the different types of primary elections and explains both general and special elections.

Partisanship in U.S. Elections

6. Partisanship in U.S. Elections

Partisanship can create several different types of election results. This lesson explores partisan election results, including realigning elections, maintaining elections, deviating elections and reinstating elections.

Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout

7. Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout

Despite an increase in the number of eligible voters, political participation in the United States seems to be on the decline. This lesson discusses influences on political participation and voter turnout.

Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types

8. Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types

Americans participate in government by voting, but they also participate in many other ways. This lesson discusses the role alternative forms of political participation play in our political involvement.

Civil Society and Citizenship

9. 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

10. 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.

Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline

11. Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline

In this lesson, we will learn about the origin of civil liberties in the United States. We will take a closer look at where the civil liberties came from, what they entail and what they mean to society today.

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