Ch 4: MTTC Political Science: Political Thought

About This Chapter

Check out these video lessons to gain a better perspective on historical and current political thoughts and theories. Use this chapter to bolster your knowledge in preparation for the MTTC Political Science exam.

MTTC Political Science: Political Thought - Chapter Summary

Delve into the details about the major political theories and movements that have shaped our present political system. Upon completing each lesson, you should feel more ready to answer questions on the MTTC Political Science exam concerning these topics:

  • Political ideology and political theory approaches
  • Important historical political movements
  • Differences between liberalism, conservativism, and libertarianism
  • Comparative analysis of capitalism, socialism, and communism
  • The ideals of democracy and related historical documents

Whereas some political theories are polar opposites, others may share ideals and principles. Nevertheless, don't let political thought questions on the MTTC Political Science exam confuse you. If you want to increase your chances at scoring high on this exam, start out by hitting the play button on our video lessons to review the information. We pride ourselves on having bite-size lessons that you can watch and fully absorb in around 5 to 10 minutes. In addition, everything we offer can be viewed on your mobile devices, so you can literally carry all of your study materials inside your pocket or purse.

MTTC Political Science: Political Thought Chapter Objectives

There are a total of 13 objectives on the MTTC Political Science exam, and the very first objective measures your knowledge and your ability to recognize the concepts and terms related to both historical and contemporary political systems and theories. This objective falls under the concepts and skills section of the exam, and the answers within this section account for about 15% of your completed test score.

The other three sections on this multiple-choice assessment include interdisciplinary perspectives, U.S. government, and the political process. To obtain the endorsement to teach political science in Michigan, educators must get a score of no lower than 220 points on this exam.

12 Lessons in Chapter 4: MTTC Political Science: Political Thought
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Approaches to Political Theory: Normative and Empirical

1. Approaches to Political Theory: Normative and Empirical

Theories attempt to explain the world around us. In this lesson, you'll learn about political theory. An overview of the normative and empirical approaches to political theory will also be examined. A short quiz follows.

What Is a Political Ideology?

2. What Is a Political Ideology?

Nearly every opinion on the appropriateness or inappropriateness of government policy, ranging from welfare to gun control, is a reflection of a person's political ideology. In this lesson, you learn about political ideology and its importance.

Liberalism: History, Ideology, and Influence

3. Liberalism: History, Ideology, and Influence

Liberalism is one of the great political traditions of the Western world and the dominant political ideology in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about the history of liberalism, its major tenets and its influence.

Conservatism: History, Ideology, and Influence

4. Conservatism: History, Ideology, and Influence

Conservatism is one of the major political philosophies of the Western world. In this lesson, you'll learn about its major tenets, its history and its influence. You'll also have a chance to take a short quiz after the lesson.

Libertarianism: History and Philosophy

5. Libertarianism: History and Philosophy

If you hold liberty above all other values, you might just be a libertarian. In this lesson, you'll learn about libertarianism, including what it is, its general principles and its history. A short quiz follows.

Capitalism and the Free Market: Definition & Limitations

6. Capitalism and the Free Market: Definition & Limitations

Capitalism is an economic system that has played a dominant part in building the world in which we currently live. In this lesson, you'll learn about some key concepts of capitalism, as well as its limitations.

Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

7. Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

People often confuse socialism and communism. In this lesson, you'll learn about the differences and similarities between each of these theories. You'll also have a chance to take a short quiz after the lesson.

Anarchism: History and Philosophy

8. Anarchism: History and Philosophy

Some form of government has been around for the entire period of recorded human history. However, some people don't think government is necessary. In this lesson, you'll learn about anarchism, its philosophy and its history.

Fascism: History, Ideology, and Influence

9. Fascism: History, Ideology, and Influence

Fascism is a political ideology that literally wreaked havoc across the globe in the first part of the 20th century. In this lesson, you'll learn about what fascism is, its history and its influence. A short quiz follows.

Feminism: History, Ideology, and Impact in Politics

10. Feminism: History, Ideology, and Impact in Politics

Feminism was one of the great political and social movements of the 19th and 20th century. In this lesson, you'll learn about feminism, its ideology, some of its important history and its political impact.

Significant Movements in the History of Political Thought

11. Significant Movements in the History of Political Thought

Want to know how Western countries went from being ruled by absolute monarchs to having democracies? This lesson explains some of the major historical developments in political thought.

U.S. Historical Documents & Democratic Ideals

12. U.S. Historical Documents & Democratic Ideals

While much of what makes America is an idea, that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of concrete documents around, too. This lesson tells the story of four of those documents.

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