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Ch 50: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Political Science Basics

About This Chapter

This refresher chapter includes some fundamental terms and concepts concerning political science. By watching the video lessons, you'll be able to prepare for related questions on the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Political Science Basics - Chapter Summary

Going over the engaging lessons in this chapter can reacquaint you with key information on the basics of political science for the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam. These lessons help ensure your preparedness for related questions you could be asked on the test. You'll find the following topics discussed in the chapter:

  • The concepts of democracy, capitalism and constitutionalism
  • Major theories behind the use of political power
  • The difference between direct and representative democracy
  • Major factors in political socialization
  • The different kinds of political culture

You can use a computer, table, or smartphone to examine the chapter's video lessons. Return to any segment for additional review in no time by using the video tags. Each lesson's practice quiz lets you test your understanding of the topics.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Political Science Basics Chapter Objectives

The MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test is part of the certification process for social studies teachers in Michigan. The test's political science subarea affects roughly 13% of your score across the total 100 multiple-choice questions. This subarea could include some questions on the political science fundamentals covered in this chapter.

6 Lessons in Chapter 50: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Political Science Basics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

1. The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

In this lesson, we will explore the three rules of American politics: democracy, constitutionalism, and capitalism. We will define each rule and see how it works to keep the political system running smoothly.

Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

2. 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.

Shifting Power From Majority to Only a Few: Factors & Process

3. Shifting Power From Majority to Only a Few: Factors & Process

In this lesson, we will explore factors that have shifted power from the majority of voters to specific groups. We'll pay special attention to voter participation, single-issue voters, uninformed citizens, the nomination of candidates, and campaign expenses.

Representation in Political Science

4. Representation in Political Science

Given the size and complexity of a modern state, direct democracy is impractical, if not infeasible. In this lesson, you'll learn about representative democracy, its different forms, and how it differs from direct democracy.

What Are Agents of Political Socialization?

5. What Are Agents of Political Socialization?

This lesson discusses four important social groups that are responsible for influencing our political ideas and beliefs. A short quiz follows the lesson.

The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion

6. The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion

Politicians are always trying to take the pulse of public opinion, either to follow it or to try to change it. In this lesson, you'll learn about public opinion and its relation to political culture. A short quiz follows.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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