Ch 53: NMTA: Political Ideologies & Philosophy

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We can show you the important elements you need to know about political ideologies and philosophy in preparation for the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes combine to give you multiple approaches that can help you correctly answer these types of questions on the test.

NMTA: Political Ideologies and Philosophy - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can form the backbone of your review efforts as you revisit basic political ideologies and philosophies that may be covered on the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam. The videos go over theoretical concepts including:

  • Normative and empirical approaches to political theory
  • The nature of political ideology
  • Liberalism and conservatism
  • Libertarianism
  • Communism vs. socialism
  • Anarchism and fascism
  • Feminism

Our experienced instructors take you through each concept, stressing the highlights in preparation for the test. By having access to the material in several different formats, you are more likely to grasp the important points and retain it.

NMTA: Political Ideologies and Philosophy Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Middle Grades Social Science Exam is a structured test that evaluates your knowledge and understanding of many areas of social science including history, geography and culture, government and economics. You need a passing grade to be eligible for a teacher's license in the state of New Mexico. The lessons in this Political Ideologies and Philosophy chapter fall within Domain III: Government, which contributes 19% of the test items. The video lessons will help you prepare for the exam by reviewing all the essential concepts you need to know for the test. The self-assessment quizzes help you check on your comprehension of the material, and practice answering questions like the ones on the test.

There are 150 multiple-choice items on the test. You will read a passage, paragraph or question followed by a series of potential answers. From these, you must select the only correct answer.

9 Lessons in Chapter 53: NMTA: 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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