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- Explore empirical and normative approaches to political theory.
- Define and discuss political ideologies.
- Learn about the characteristics of different types of liberalism and conservatism, and examine their roles in modern politics.
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1. 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.
2. Bully Pulpit: Definition & Meaning
American politics are full of ways to manipulate power. In this lesson we'll look at a commonly-accepted tool called the bully pulpit, and see how it's used in politics today.
3. Liberalism: History, Ideology, and Influence
Liberalism is one of the great political traditions of the Western world and the dominant political ideology in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about the history of liberalism, its major tenets and its influence.
4. Conservatism: History, Ideology, and Influence
Conservatism is one of the major political philosophies of the Western world. In this lesson, you'll learn about its major tenets, its history and its influence. You'll also have a chance to take a short quiz after the lesson.
5. Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences
People often confuse socialism and communism. In this lesson, you'll learn about the differences and similarities between each of these theories. You'll also have a chance to take a short quiz after the lesson.
6. Feminism: History, Ideology, and Impact in Politics
Feminism was one of the great political and social movements of the 19th and 20th century. In this lesson, you'll learn about feminism, its ideology, some of its important history and its political impact.
7. John Stuart Mill's Harm Principle: Definition & Examples
This lesson will cover John Stuart Mills' harm principle, which states that society does not have the right to prevent actions which only affect the individual performing them and nobody else. A short quiz will also follow this lesson.
8. 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.
9. Frankfurt School: Critical Theory & Philosophy
This lesson will outline some of the most important ideas and thinkers associated with the Frankfurt School. Learn about the context for the critical theories proposed by members of the Frankfurt School, and then discover the challenges those same theories faced.
10. Conscientious Objector: Definition & Status
Is it possible to serve in the US Armed forces while being morally and wholeheartedly against war? It is indeed! We'll discuss what exactly a conscientious objector is, how one gains that status, and some statistics on conscientious objectors throughout history.
11. Anarchism: History and Philosophy
Some form of government has been around for the entire period of recorded human history. However, some people don't think government is necessary. In this lesson, you'll learn about anarchism, its philosophy and its history.
12. Fascism: History, Ideology, and Influence
Fascism is a political ideology that literally wreaked havoc across the globe in the first part of the 20th century. In this lesson, you'll learn about what fascism is, its history and its influence. A short quiz follows.
13. Libertarianism: History and Philosophy
If you hold liberty above all other values, you might just be a libertarian. In this lesson, you'll learn about libertarianism, including what it is, its general principles and its history. A short quiz follows.
14. Approaches to Political Theory: Normative and Empirical
Theories attempt to explain the world around us. In this lesson, you'll learn about political theory. An overview of the normative and empirical approaches to political theory will also be examined. A short quiz follows.
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