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Ch 48: NYSTCE Social Studies: Political Science

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Strengthen your knowledge of political science with help from fun lesson instructors as you study for the NYSTCE Social Studies assessment. In this chapter, you can revisit the federal, state and local governments, political systems and more.

NYSTCE Social Studies: Political Science - Chapter Summary

When preparing to take the NYSTCE assessment, it's good to feel confident in your ability to address all exam topics. This chapter can make sure you're ready to address political science questions. By reviewing the lessons, you will be able to:

  • Define and describe the role and functions of government
  • Explain the responsibilities, powers and challenges of federal, state and local governments
  • Identify organizations established to address global concerns, and explain the powers and functions of legislatures
  • Share the meaning and types of political power and political systems
  • Describe political justice, political rights, natural rights, democracy and political ideology
  • Provide details about civil society and citizenship, traditional types of government and contemporary political issues

Use the lessons to create a study guide dedicated to political science, or add to your existing guide for social studies. Along with watching the video lessons, you can access self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam that test your comprehension of the materials.

15 Lessons in Chapter 48: NYSTCE Social Studies: Political Science
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What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

1. What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

In this lesson, we will examine the various definitions of government. Then we will take a close look at the functions of the U.S. government and the role it plays in citizens' everyday lives.

What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits

2. What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits

A federal government is a system that divides up power between a strong national government and smaller local governments. We'll take a look at how power plays out between the national and local government, and the benefits of a federal government.

What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

3. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

4. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.

Organizations Established to Address Global Concerns

5. Organizations Established to Address Global Concerns

In this lesson, you will explore how international organizations have developed to address concerns in an increasingly globalized world. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

6. Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

In this lesson, we will take a close look at political power. We will define the term, examine its elements, and learn about several theories that help determine who gets to use political power.

Political System: Types & Definition

7. Political System: Types & Definition

How many different ways can human societies organize their governments? In this lesson, we'll examine some common political systems used throughout history and see how they compare.

Political Justice and Political Rights

8. Political Justice and Political Rights

Some of the greatest questions in political thought revolve around the nebulous concepts of justice and rights. In this lesson, we'll be exploring these complex concepts. You'll also have a chance to reinforce your knowledge with a short quiz.

Natural Rights: Definition & Examples

9. Natural Rights: Definition & Examples

Conceived by John Locke, natural rights are privileges and basic freedoms people are entitled to simply because they exist. Learn more about the inspiration for natural rights in this lesson, identify key examples of these rights, and assess what you learned in a quiz.

Civil Society and Citizenship

10. Civil Society and Citizenship

Citizenship and civil society are important concepts in the study of political science. In this lesson, you'll learn what citizenship is and what it means for people that hold it. You'll also learn about the important role of civil society in a democracy.

The Powers & Functions of Legislatures

11. The Powers & Functions of Legislatures

The following lesson will describe the common structure of most legislatures, as well as discuss their main powers and functions. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

12. Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

In this lesson, we will explore several traditional types of government. We will define each type and take a close look at its strengths and weaknesses.

What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

13. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

In this lesson, we will study the nature of democracy. We will define the term, take a look at the types of democracy, and examine its basic principles.

What Is a Political Ideology?

14. 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.

Contemporary Political Issues: Global & Domestic

15. Contemporary Political Issues: Global & Domestic

There is no shortage of challenging and controversial global and domestic political issues facing the United States. In this lesson, we'll discuss a few of the issues that captivate the attention and focus of political leaders.

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