Ch 50: NYSTCE Social Studies: U.S. Political Process

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This chapter on the political process in the United States can help you prepare for the NYSTCE Social Studies exam. We will take you on a painless refresher course with our engaging video lessons that are taught by subject matter experts.

NYSTCE Social Studies: U.S. Political Process - Chapter Summary

These lessons will cover the system of elections in the United States, partisanship and influence in politics, and the American voter. The chapter is relevant to Subarea IV - Civics, Citizenship, and Government, which makes up 16% of the NYSTCE Social Studies exam. We will bring you information on the following topics:

  • Electoral systems in the U.S.
  • The electoral college
  • Election types
  • Partisanship in the U.S.
  • Interest groups
  • Political parties and political action committees
  • Participation and voter turnout
  • Campaign finance

The brief video lessons and their written transcripts go hand-in-hand helping you understand the information presented by giving it to you in two different formats. The handy video-timeline feature will help you skip to any video topic you need to review as will links in the answers section of the lesson quiz when you miss a question. Don't forget the instructors are here to answer your questions as you study.

10 Lessons in Chapter 50: NYSTCE Social Studies: U.S. Political Process
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Representation & U.S. Electoral Systems

1. Representation & U.S. Electoral Systems

In this lesson, you'll consider the importance of representation in elections and how districts can help achieve this. You will learn about winner-take-all elections and ones that aim to be more proportional to the votes cast.

The Electoral College: Definition & Process

2. The Electoral College: Definition & Process

In the U.S., our presidential elections are decided using the Electoral College. The system is meant to balance election power between the federal and state governments. This lesson explains what the Electoral College is and how it works.

Types of Elections: Primary, General & Special

3. Types of Elections: Primary, General & Special

The process of electing a political candidate can involve several different types of elections. This lesson describes the different types of primary elections and explains both general and special elections.

Partisanship in U.S. Elections

4. Partisanship in U.S. Elections

Partisanship can create several different types of election results. This lesson explores partisan election results, including realigning elections, maintaining elections, deviating elections and reinstating elections.

What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types

5. What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types

The following lesson will discuss the history and types of interest groups that exist in the American political system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

Political Power: Political Parties, Interest Groups & Political Action Committees (PACs)

6. Political Power: Political Parties, Interest Groups & Political Action Committees (PACs)

Sociologists often analyze political power by examining the relationship between those who hold power and those who seek it. We'll discuss political power and distinguish between political parties, special interest groups, and Political Action Committees.

Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout

7. Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout

Despite an increase in the number of eligible voters, political participation in the United States seems to be on the decline. This lesson discusses influences on political participation and voter turnout.

Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types

8. Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types

Americans participate in government by voting, but they also participate in many other ways. This lesson discusses the role alternative forms of political participation play in our political involvement.

Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

9. Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

Modern presidential campaigns often last up to two years and involve extensive media operations. This means a successful campaign will be expensive. This lesson discusses campaign finance, including sources, regulations, and reform efforts.

Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections

10. Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections

Many factors influence voters during presidential elections. The voter's background, party identification and view of the government's past performance are some of the important influences. This lesson examines influences on voter behavior.

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