Ch 5: MTTC Political Science: Major Political Thinkers

About This Chapter

Gather more knowledge about the theories and beliefs of major political thinkers before you take the MTTC Political Science examination. You can prepare by watching this chapter's video lessons and taking the included self-assessment quizzes.

MTTC Political Science - Major Political Thinkers - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter discuss the lives, works and accomplishments of great political thinkers throughout history. Brush up on these topics prior to taking the MTTC Political Science examination. In part, the lessons provide details about the Communist Manifesto, social contract theory and the Italian Wars. The chapter's informational video lessons could also help you to:

  • Summarize Plato's The Republic and Sun Tzu's The Art of War
  • Examine the viewpoints of Machiavelli
  • Understand the writings and philosophies of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke
  • Describe the works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the ideas of Baron De Montesquieu
  • Learn more about the manifesto of Marx and Engels, and the accomplishments of Mohandas Ghandi

Seasoned political science experts guide you through an in-depth look at these topics. Get ready for the MTTC Political Science examination by watching the engaging video lessons, submitting your questions and taking the brief multiple-choice quizzes that follow each video. Use the video tags to locate major points in the lessons and refer to the written transcripts if necessary.

MTTC Political Science - Major Political Thinkers Objectives

Some of the subject matter in the MTTC Political Science examination's 'Political Science Concepts and Skills' sub-area mirrors the information that was brought to you through this chapter's video lessons. This first sub-area of the four-part examination makes up 15% of the test. Share what you know about major political thinkers and display your capacity to teach the material so that you may qualify for a Michigan political science teaching endorsement. The examination is paper-based and contains 100 multiple-choice questions. There is a four-hour and 30 minute time limit for the exam.

9 Lessons in Chapter 5: MTTC Political Science: Major Political Thinkers
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The Republic by Plato: Summary & Explanation

1. The Republic by Plato: Summary & Explanation

What is justice? Is it a concept based on the behavior of humans individually, or is it an all-encompassing concept without variation for all mankind? This lesson reviews what Socrates and friends had to say about justice in ''The Republic.''

The Impact of Aristotle's Political Philosophy

2. The Impact of Aristotle's Political Philosophy

Aristotle was one of the most influential scholars in human history, and he contributed to dozens of academic disciplines. Explore his impact on political philosophy, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Sun Tzu's The Art of War: Summary & Quotes

3. Sun Tzu's The Art of War: Summary & Quotes

With all the advances in video game graphics, bloodshed has certainly become an art form, but today we're getting back to basics with ''The Art of War''. In this lesson, you'll find a synopsis of Master Sun's work, along with some memorable quotes.

Machiavelli and Lessons of the Italian Wars

4. Machiavelli and Lessons of the Italian Wars

This lesson focuses on Machiavelli and his views on governing, specifically pertaining to the actions of rulers. It will also highlight the actions of several countries involved in the Italian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries.

Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

5. Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

In this lesson, we discuss the two premier English political theorists of the 17th century: Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. We'll also take a look at their impact on Western philosophy in contemporary and modern times.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Ideas, Impact & Works

6. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Ideas, Impact & Works

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was one of the most important philosophers of the Enlightenment period. Learn about his important works, his main ideas, and how he influenced other philosophers, movements, and governments in this lesson.

Baron De Montesquieu: Ideas, Accomplishments & Facts

7. Baron De Montesquieu: Ideas, Accomplishments & Facts

In this lesson we will learn who Baron de Montesquieu was. Together, we will take a closer look at his history, his personal life and his legacy. We will analyze his works and the impact they have made on legal philosophy and modern-day constitutional law.

Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto

8. Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto

This lesson will explore the 19th century roots of Marxism and communism. In doing this, it will explain the role the Industrial Revolution played in forming the famous work of Marx and Engels, known as the Communist Manifesto.

Mohandas Gandhi: Beliefs, Accomplishments & Assassination

9. Mohandas Gandhi: Beliefs, Accomplishments & Assassination

In this lesson, we will learn about the life of Mohandas Gandhi. We will learn what values he stood for, how he stood for them, and his lasting legacy.

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