Ch 92: NMTA Social Science: Forms of Government

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons to brush up on your knowledge of the different forms of government. To get ready for the NMTA Social Science test, use this chapter to compare and contrast types of government while also studying political ideologies.

NMTA Social Science: Forms of Government - Chapter Summary

If it's been awhile since you've learned about the types of governments, use the video lessons in this chapter as a refresher before taking the NMTA Social Science test. You'll rediscover the history and influence that different forms of government -- ranging from democracy to fascism - have had on human society. By the time you make it through our entertaining lessons, you should be prepared to:

  • Explain empirical and normative approaches to political theory
  • Define political ideology, autocracy and theocracy
  • List and describe forms of government
  • Distinguish between authoritarianism and totalitarianism
  • Describe the ideologies of liberalism, conservatism and libertarianism
  • Compare and contrast communism and socialism
  • Understand the history of fascism

Our video lessons go wherever you do; as long as you have a mobile device, you're ready to learn from our professional instructors. Along with the engaging videos, our lessons include transcripts and quizzes to help you retain knowledge and get ready for the NMTA test.

Objectives of the NMTA Social Science: Forms of Government Chapter

If you're planning on teaching social science in New Mexico's K-12 school system, you'll have to pass the NMTA Social Science test as part of state licensing requirements. This computerized exam contains 150 multiple-choice questions in five content domains. You can expect to see exam questions on the forms of government as part of the government content domain.

This category also evaluates your knowledge of the foundation and structure of the American government as well as political science research methods. You can get some practice answering the types of questions you'll find on the NMTA Social Science test when you take the self-assessment quizzes accompanying our lessons.

10 Lessons in Chapter 92: NMTA Social Science: Forms of Government
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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.

Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More

3. Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More

The governance of nations differs significantly based on who has power. This lesson will differentiate five forms of government: monarchy, democracy, oligarchy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism.

What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism

4. What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism

In this lesson, you'll imagine living in an autocracy. You will consider what would change if you went from an authoritarian society to a more totalitarian approach to government.

Theocracy: Definition & Examples

5. Theocracy: Definition & Examples

Throughout history, governments have relied on various ideologies to structure bureaucracy. In this lesson, we explore theocracy, a system of government in which the country's religious institutions are closely intertwined with the state.

Liberalism: History, Ideology, and Influence

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

Fascism: History, Ideology, and Influence

10. 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.

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