Ch 52: Principles & Concepts of American Democracy

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Review this comprehensive chapter to refresh your knowledge of the principles and concepts of American Democracy. Take the quiz that follows each lesson to test your knowledge of this essential topic.

Principles & Concepts of American Democracy

The chapter's lessons focus on the origins of American democracy. The brief, engaging videos take a look at American government, core values and civil society. You'll also review what distinguishes democracy as the system of government in America. After completion of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the history and origins of American law
  • Outline various theories of jurisprudence
  • Illustrate how a bill becomes a law
  • Define the Rule of Law's principles
  • Provide a rationale for acts of civil disobedience
  • Explain the types and principles of democracy
  • Describe civil society, citizenship, and civic duty
  • Characterize the process and responsibilities of being U.S. citizenship

Each video lesson also comes with a transcript of the lesson and a self-assessment quiz. If you need to go back and review any section of a video, you can using the convenient timeline feature. Professional educators are available to answer questions or give clarification on American democracy concepts. Use the Dashboard to check your progress through the lessons and chapter.

11 Lessons in Chapter 52: Principles & Concepts of American Democracy
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American Law: History & Origins from English Common Law

1. American Law: History & Origins from English Common Law

Our modern American law system is based on centuries of English principles regarding right and wrong. This English common law system combines with U.S. case decisions and statutes to form what we know as law. This lesson examines the origins and definitions associated with the American law system.

Schools of Jurisprudence: Theories & Definitions

2. Schools of Jurisprudence: Theories & Definitions

Jurisprudence is the study of law, or the philosophy of law. It helps us better understand the creation, application, and enforcement of laws. This lesson explains what jurisprudence is, and explores some specific schools of jurisprudence.

How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

3. How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

In this lesson, we will review the process of how a bill becomes a law. We will take a closer look at what steps have to be taken, how a bill is changed and how it is signed into law.

What Is the Rule of Law? - Definition & Principle

4. What Is the Rule of Law? - Definition & Principle

Rule of law takes on several meanings. On one hand, it means that no person or government is above the law. In another, it means that no government or its officials can enforce laws that are unfair or unjust.

What Is Civil Disobedience? - Definition, Acts & Examples

5. What Is Civil Disobedience? - Definition, Acts & Examples

Change never comes easy. Read on to learn about civil disobedience, its origins, tactics used in non-violent protest, and examples of civil disobedience throughout history.

What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

6. 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.

America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

7. America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of America's core values. We will focus especially on liberty, self-government, equality, individualism, diversity, and unity.

The Core Principles of American Government

8. The Core Principles of American Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.

Civil Society and Citizenship

9. 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.

Civic Duty: Definition & Examples

10. Civic Duty: Definition & Examples

Civic duties are legally mandated responsibilities that all citizens are required to fulfill. Failure to fulfill these obligations could result in legal punishment. We'll look at some examples in American society.

US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities

11. US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities

This lesson will delineate the procedure of U.S. naturalization. It will also explain the responsibilities and mandatory duties of citizenship, as well as the Selective Service Act.

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