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Ch 51: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Introduction to American Government

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Watch this series of lesson videos to prepare for questions on the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test about the functions of government, the American government's core principles and more.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Introduction to American Government - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons will refresh your memory on key subject matter pertaining to American government in preparation for the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam. After this chapter you should be prepared for exam questions about:

  • Types and functions of government
  • Developments that led to modern American democracy
  • Events of the American Enlightenment
  • America's core values
  • The influence of politics in government
  • Differences between direct and representative democracies
  • Democratic ideals' evolution in the U.S.
  • Functions and powers of legislatures and legislative committees

Test your mastery over the material presented in these lessons by completing the quizzes that accompany them, then use the results from these assessments to find any areas of weakness. Fortify your understanding of these areas by using video tags to take you to the locations of the lessons that discussed them. If you feel you may benefit from an alternative review of the material, read over the lesson transcripts.

11 Lessons in Chapter 51: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Introduction to American Government
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What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

1. What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

In this lesson, we will examine the various definitions of government. Then we will take a close look at the functions of the U.S. government and the role it plays in citizens' everyday lives.

Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

2. 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.

The Core Principles of American Government

3. 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.

The New American Democracy: Definition & History

4. The New American Democracy: Definition & History

In this lesson, we will explore the phenomenon of the 'permanent campaign,' which has changed the face of American democracy. In doing so, we will take a close look at the factors that led to this political development.

The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

5. The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

For a thousand years, Europe had been living in the Dark Ages until a series of philosophical, religious and scientific movements helped turn on the lights. The Enlightenment began in Europe, but quickly spread throughout America in the 1700s and helped set the stage for a revolution against British rule.

Politics: Definition and Source of Governmental Conflict

6. 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.

What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

7. 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.

Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

8. 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.

Evolution of Democratic Ideals in the United States

9. Evolution of Democratic Ideals in the United States

Though democratic in its founding, the United States has had a long road in finding equality for all people regardless of gender, race or religion. Key people throughout our history have been influential in making this happen.

The Powers & Functions of Legislatures

10. The Powers & Functions of Legislatures

The following lesson will describe the common structure of most legislatures, as well as discuss their main powers and functions. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

The Purpose of Legislative Committees

11. The Purpose of Legislative Committees

The following lesson will discuss the purpose that small groups, or committees, have in passing laws in a legislature. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

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