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Ch 90: NMTA Social Science: Political Theorists & Figures in Political Science

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Let us help you review what you need to know about political theorists and figures in political science as you prepare for the NMTA Social Science Exam. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes are designed to help you get ready for the questions on the test.

NMTA Social Science: Political Theorists and Figures in Political Science - Chapter Summary

The lessons that make up this chapter can help you refresh your memory about important political theorists and figures in political science, in preparation for the NMTA Social Science Exam. The videos go over all the highlights, including:

  • Aristotle
  • Machiavelli and lessons of the Italian wars
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • John Locke
  • Baron de Montesquieu
  • Karl Marx and his theories
  • Communism and Vladimir Lenin
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Orwell's 1984

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Objectives of the NMTA Social Science: Political Theorists and Figures in Political Science Chapter

The NMTA Social Science Exam is a comprehensive test of the breadth and depth of your knowledge of many aspects of social science including historiography and world history, US History, geography and culture, government and economics. A passing score on this test is necessary to obtain your teacher's license in the state of New Mexico. The Government Content Domain accounts for 19% of the test score. You can answer questions on this topic by using the self-assessment quizzes that accompany the videos. This will give you experience with what you are likely to find on the test. The NMTA Social Science Exam consists of 150 multiple-choice items.

9 Lessons in Chapter 90: NMTA Social Science: Political Theorists & Figures in Political Science
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Who was Aristotle? - Definition & Philosophy

1. Who was Aristotle? - Definition & Philosophy

Considered to be one of the most influential thinkers of Western culture, the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle merged science and philosophy to develop a logical and virtuous means of understanding and living in our world.

Machiavelli and Lessons of the Italian Wars

2. Machiavelli and Lessons of the Italian Wars

This lesson focuses on Machiavelli and his views on governing, specifically pertaining to the actions of rulers. It will also highlight the actions of several countries involved in the Italian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries.

Thomas Hobbes: Absolutism, Politics & Famous Works

3. Thomas Hobbes: Absolutism, Politics & Famous Works

In this lesson, we discuss one the key political theorists of the 17th century, the Englishman Thomas Hobbes, whose theories concerning absolutism, the basis of government, and human nature still resonate to this day.

Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

4. Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

In this lesson, we discuss the two premier English political theorists of the 17th century: Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. We'll also take a look at their impact on Western philosophy in contemporary and modern times.

Baron de Montesquieu: Biography, Theories & Philosophy

5. Baron de Montesquieu: Biography, Theories & Philosophy

In this lesson, we explore the life and theories of the the French Enlightenment's foremost political theorist, Charles-Louis de Secondat - more commonly known as Montesquieu.

Karl Marx's Theories: Class Differentiation and Revolution, Socialism & Capitalism

6. Karl Marx's Theories: Class Differentiation and Revolution, Socialism & Capitalism

In this lesson, we will discuss the difference between socialism and capitalism, how Karl Marx believed that social class dictated one's social life and who were the bourgeoisie and proletariat.

The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

7. The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

In this lesson, we will examine the role Vladimir Lenin played as a leading architect of the communist system. We will explore his involvement in the Russian Revolution and the establishment of Soviet Russia.

Mohandas Gandhi: Beliefs, Accomplishments & Assassination

8. Mohandas Gandhi: Beliefs, Accomplishments & Assassination

In this lesson, we will learn about the life of Mohandas Gandhi. We will learn what values he stood for, how he stood for them, and his lasting legacy.

Orwell's 1984: Summary and Analysis

9. Orwell's 1984: Summary and Analysis

In this lesson, we will summarize George Orwell's novel 1984. We will then analyze the themes of the story, as well as the setting, tone, and characters.

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