Ch 37: Political Science Vocabulary & Concepts

About This Chapter

This chapter will help you review political science concepts and vocabulary words. Completing these lessons and quizzes allows you to go over global applications of these topics.

Political Science Vocabulary & Concepts - Chapter Summary

Increase your understanding of political science concepts with this chapter. Our short, engaging lessons will also help you strengthen your political science vocabulary. We've set up this chapter to help you learn about:

  • World politics and the international system
  • The impact of a constitution
  • How the separation of powers functions
  • Reserved and concurrent powers
  • Judicial review

Experts in the field of political science worked on these lessons. You can contact these instructors with any questions you have about the content of this chapter. We offer self-assessment quizzes after each lesson so that you can gauge your understanding of these concepts.

7 Lessons in Chapter 37: Political Science Vocabulary & Concepts
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Sovereignty in World Politics

1. Sovereignty in World Politics

The primary players in international politics are sovereign states. In this lesson, you'll learn about the concept of state sovereignty in the international system and related concepts. You'll also have an opportunity to take a short quiz.

Power & Polarity in the International System

2. Power & Polarity in the International System

In the world of international affairs, international actors vie for the power to pursue their interests and stop those actors who are a threat to their interests. In this lesson, you'll learn about power, the balance of power and polarity in the international system.

What is a Constitution? - Role & Impact on Government

3. What is a Constitution? - Role & Impact on Government

We hear the word 'constitution' thrown around a great deal, but do we ever stop to think about what a constitution really is? Almost every country has one, and every U.S. state does too, but they are often very different from each other.

Separation of Powers: Definition & Examples

4. Separation of Powers: Definition & Examples

Separation of powers is the distribution of political authority within a government. Learn more about how separation of power works in the United States, then check your understanding of this topic with a quiz.

Reserved Powers: Definition & Examples

5. Reserved Powers: Definition & Examples

In a federal system with two levels of government, how do we know who can practice what sort of power? The reserved powers clause of the U.S. Constitution provides a handy mechanism for sorting out who can do what in a republic like America.

Concurrent Powers: Definition & Examples

6. Concurrent Powers: Definition & Examples

Concurrent powers are those powers given to both states and the federal government by the U.S. Constitution. We'll look at some examples of concurrent powers in this lesson.

What is a Judicial Review? - Procedure & Definition

7. What is a Judicial Review? - Procedure & Definition

In this lesson, we will define judicial review, learn about its historical background, examine the procedure involved in using judicial review and look at examples of how the Supreme Court has used judicial review.

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