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Ch 53: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): U.S. Federalism

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This chapter's engaging video lessons cover the timeline and levels of federalism in the U.S. The material will help prepare you for potential questions that may come up on the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): U.S. Federalism - Chapter Summary

You'll get to refresh your memory on the powers of the federal, state and local levels of government though these engaging lesson. The corresponding quizzes also give you helpful practice for MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test questions about:

  • The definition of federalism and the Supremacy Clause
  • How federalism has changed throughout the U.S. since 1787
  • What the different sovereignty levels are
  • Devolution and new federalism
  • Competing values in federalism
  • Major responsibilities of state and local governments

With an average length of five minutes, you can easily fit a video lesson in when you have even just a small window of downtime during your day. Return to any specific video segments for reexamination via the video tags.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): U.S. Federalism Chapter Objectives

The MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test is used to determine if you're qualified for a social studies teaching credential in Michigan. The 100 test questions are all in a multiple-choice format. The topics discussed in this chapter are part of the objectives of the exam's political science subarea. This subarea overall makes up about 13% of the score.

10 Lessons in Chapter 53: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): U.S. Federalism
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What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

1. What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

The United States government is based on federalism, with governmental power divided between several entities. This lesson explores federalism and explains the factors that led to its use in the U.S.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

2. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

Though federalism is written into the United States Constitution, federalism hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism through the Great Depression.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

3. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

Federalism is written into the United States Constitution, but it hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism from the Great Depression to today.

Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

4. Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

The United States is a sovereign nation with two levels of sovereignty. This lesson takes a look at the history of U.S. sovereignty, including the principles of dual sovereignty and nullification.

Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

5. Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

The U.S. Constitution uses federalism to divide governmental powers between the federal government and the individual state governments. This lesson explores this division of powers by looking at Supreme Court decisions.

Devolution: Definition & Examples

6. Devolution: Definition & Examples

Devolution is the transfer of certain powers from the federal government to the states. This lesson explains devolution and examines several programs that are a part of the 'devolution revolution.'

Competing Values of Federalism: Equality vs. Participation

7. Competing Values of Federalism: Equality vs. Participation

Federalism is designed to leave governmental power to the people, but there are two competing values of federalism: equality and participation. This lesson takes a closer look at federalism and at how these two ideals often conflict.

Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

8. Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

Though we have federalism, the federal government still controls certain aspects of state government. This lesson takes a look at the ways the federal government controls state government, such as federal court decisions and mandates.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

9. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.

What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

10. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.

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