Ch 18: Overview of Federalism - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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With this chapter, study the principles of federalism, evolution of American federalism and the division of power between the national, state and local governments to prepare for related questions on the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam.

Overview of Federalism - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy - Chapter Summary

Use these lesson videos to review information on how federalism developed and operates in the U.S. These lessons are taught by our expert instructors who are available to answer any questions you may have. Use them to effectively master the material of this chapter and prepare for questions on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Political Science/Political Philosophy exam regarding:

  • Federalism and the U.S. adoption of federalism
  • The evolution of U.S. federalism
  • History of sovereignty in the American political system
  • Division of powers between the national and state governments
  • Process of devolution
  • Federal controls and the federal court
  • Powers and responsibilities of state governments
  • Responsibilities of local governments

Since these lesson videos are mobile device-compatible, you can watch them at your own convenience, even when you don't have access to a computer. To improve your retention of the material presented in these lessons, read over the lesson transcripts for a written overview of material and a way to study the key vocabulary of the chapter. When you have finished your review of the material in a lesson, be sure to test your understanding of it by taking its lesson quiz.

Overview of Federalism - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy Objectives

Massachusetts uses the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam to ensure that its high school political science and philosophy teachers have an adequate knowledge of this field of study. This exam is is a four-hour computer-based certification exam composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response items. When you take this exam, you can expect 20% of the material in it to be covered by multiple-choice questions about U.S. government and civics, including some on the concept of federalism.

9 Lessons in Chapter 18: Overview of Federalism - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

1. What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

The United States government is based on federalism, with governmental power divided between several entities. This lesson explores federalism and explains the factors that led to its use in the U.S.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

2. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

Though federalism is written into the United States Constitution, federalism hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism through the Great Depression.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

3. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

Federalism is written into the United States Constitution, but it hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism from the Great Depression to today.

Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

4. Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

The United States is a sovereign nation with two levels of sovereignty. This lesson takes a look at the history of U.S. sovereignty, including the principles of dual sovereignty and nullification.

Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

5. Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

The U.S. Constitution uses federalism to divide governmental powers between the federal government and the individual state governments. This lesson explores this division of powers by looking at Supreme Court decisions.

Devolution: Definition & Examples

6. Devolution: Definition & Examples

Devolution is the transfer of certain powers from the federal government to the states. This lesson explains devolution and examines several programs that are a part of the 'devolution revolution.'

Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

7. Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

Though we have federalism, the federal government still controls certain aspects of state government. This lesson takes a look at the ways the federal government controls state government, such as federal court decisions and mandates.

What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

8. 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

9. 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.

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