Ch 4: NYSTCE Social Studies: Belief Systems

About This Chapter

Examine some of the common belief systems in our world through the informative video lessons detailed in this study guide chapter. This chapter is designed to teach you some of the key concepts tested on the NYSTCE Social Studies exam.

NYSTCE Social Studies: Belief Systems - Chapter Summary

Understanding the core principles of various belief systems will help you understand the people and cultures that adopt them. The information outlined in this chapter is presented in short but engaging videos to help you easily comprehend the material. Each lesson is followed by a brief quiz to help you self-assess your understanding of the principles discussed. Within the quizzes are direct links to information covered in each lesson, including:

  • Types and practices of primal religions
  • Understanding the differences between polytheism and monotheism
  • Exploration of monotheism in Islam, Judaism and Christianity
  • Examination of nontheism in Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism ideologies

One crucial aspect of studying world cultures is examining the various belief systems people use. This study guide chapter guides you through some of the core principles that make up specific ideologies. Gauge your understanding of the material by taking the lesson quizzes and chapter exam.

NYSTCE Social Studies: Belief Systems - Chapter Objectives

The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) for Social Studies is a computer-based test that measures an examinee's knowledge-level and ability to teach in this subject area according to state standards and guidelines. This exam has 90 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response item. There are six subareas covered on this test. The first subarea, History, contains questions regarding cultural belief systems. This History section has approximately 35% of the total exam questions.

Solidify your understanding of cultural belief systems in preparation for this exam by extensively reviewing the information covered in each lesson and taking the practice quizzes and chapter exam. You can also print full video transcripts as hard-copy study material or relay any questions to our accessible instructors.

Chapter Practice Exam
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