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Ch 53: NES: Political Ideologies & Philosophy

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This chapter will help you review a variety of political ideologies and philosophies for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Middle Grades Social Science exam.

NES: Political Ideologies & Philosophy - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll find short video lessons to help you review the defining characteristics of major political ideologies and political theories. These lessons prepare you for questions on the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam on the following topics:

  • Normative and empirical approaches to political theory
  • Definition of a political ideology
  • Liberalism, conservatism and libertarianism
  • Communism and socialism
  • Anarchism and fascism
  • Impact of feminism on politics

Work through the lessons as quickly or slowly as you need to fully grasp these concepts. Each lesson can be viewed as many times as you'd like. Use the quizzes that correspond with each lesson to gauge your proficiency, and take the chapter exam to see if you're ready to move on the next chapter.

NES: Political Ideologies & Philosophy Objectives

Get ready for questions about political ideologies and philosophies on the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam with these chapter resources. You'll find these types of questions in the Government subarea of the exam, which makes up roughly 19% of the total score.

The NES Middle Grades Social Science exam is part of the educator licensure process in certain states. You'll answer 150 multiple-choice questions on government, history, geography, culture and economics. The exam lasts three hours and is delivered electronically.

9 Lessons in Chapter 53: NES: Political Ideologies & Philosophy
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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.

Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

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