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Ch 15: The Congress: Election, Powers, and Representation: Help and Review

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The Congress: election, powers and representation chapter of this American Government Help and Review course is the simplest way to master Congress, from election to its powers and representation. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of Congress: election, powers and representation.

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  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Congress: election, powers and representation unit of a standard American government course. Topics covered include:

  • Congress, its powers and structure
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • Measuring Congress' effectiveness
  • The differences between Congress and Parliament
  • The history and evolution of Congress
  • Reapportionment and redistricting for congressional constituencies
  • The process of becoming a candidate and earning a party nomination to Congress
  • Incumbency defined and its advantages
  • National forces that influence congressional elections
  • Presidential campaigns vs. congressional campaigns
  • Factors that influence the outcome of an election
  • How Congress represents the American public

17 Lessons in Chapter 15: The Congress: Election, Powers, and Representation: Help and Review
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What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure

1. What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure

In this lesson, we will review what the United States Congress is. We will take a closer look at the makeup of Congress, what its powers are and what it represents.

How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

2. 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.

Measurements of Congress' Effectiveness: Responsibilities & Achievements

3. Measurements of Congress' Effectiveness: Responsibilities & Achievements

In this lesson, we will learn about the responsibilities that members of Congress have to their constituents and the ways in which their effectiveness overall is evaluated.

Congress vs. Parliament: Main Differences

4. Congress vs. Parliament: Main Differences

In this lesson, we will review the major differences between Congress and Parliament. We will take a closer look at why these differences exist and how they affect decision-making in those particular democratic countries.

The Electoral Evolution of the Congress: History & Timeline

5. The Electoral Evolution of the Congress: History & Timeline

In this lesson, we will learn about the electoral evolution of the Congress. We will take a closer look at the history behind Congress and the historical evolution of power, procedure and function.

Reapportionment & Redistricting for Congressional Constituencies: Definition & Process

6. Reapportionment & Redistricting for Congressional Constituencies: Definition & Process

In this lesson, we will review the constitutional requirements for determining congressional districts. We will take a closer look at the process and effects of reapportionment and redistricting.

Party Nomination to Congress: Process to Become a Candidate

7. Party Nomination to Congress: Process to Become a Candidate

In this lesson, we will review the process to become a candidate for Congress. We will take a closer look at what the requirements are and what process is to be taken leading up to the election.

Incumbency in Contemporary House & Senate Elections: Definition & Advantages

8. Incumbency in Contemporary House & Senate Elections: Definition & Advantages

In this lesson, we will review the importance of incumbency in congressional elections. We will take a closer look at the factors that make it an advantage and what they mean to the outcome of an election.

National Forces that Influence Congressional Elections

9. National Forces that Influence Congressional Elections

In this lesson, we will learn about the biggest national forces that influence congressional elections, taking a look at how they affect the election results and how the public is influenced by them.

Presidential vs. Congressional Campaigns: Similarities & Differences

10. Presidential vs. Congressional Campaigns: Similarities & Differences

In this lesson, we will review the difference between presidential and congressional campaigns. We will take a closer look at their differences and how they affect the campaign.

What Factors Influence the Outcome of an Election?

11. What Factors Influence the Outcome of an Election?

In this lesson, we will learn about several important factors that influence the outcome of an election. We will look in-depth at these factors and why they are important in the outcome of an election.

How Congress Represents the American Public: Demographic Makeup

12. How Congress Represents the American Public: Demographic Makeup

In this lesson, we will review how the 113th United States Congress represents the demographics of the American people. We will take a closer look at the demographic makeup of Congress and how it relates to those representations in the population.

Delegated Powers: Definition & Examples

13. Delegated Powers: Definition & Examples

How do we know what the government can - and can't - do? The delegated powers of the federal government are those specifically described and assigned in the U.S. Constitution.

Expressed Powers: Definition & Examples

14. Expressed Powers: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll be looking at the expressed powers of the United States Congress. Learn what these powers are and examples of them, and then you'll be able to test your knowledge of them with a quiz.

Reserved Powers: Definition & Examples

15. 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.

Filibuster: Definition, History, Rules & Examples

16. Filibuster: Definition, History, Rules & Examples

The filibuster is one of the main traditions of the United States Senate. In this lesson, we'll consider the rules behind filibusters, as well as some examples and arguments proponents and opponents of the filibuster usually make.

Simple Majority: Definition, System & Rule

17. Simple Majority: Definition, System & Rule

In this lesson, we will learn about a simple majority. This concept will be defined in the context of the United States and compared to the concept of a supermajority.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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