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Ch 31: The Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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Prepare for the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam with this study chapter on The Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment. Our brief, engaging video lessons were created by subject-matter experts who are here to answer your questions.

The Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy - Chapter Summary

Learn about the world-altering changes in thought and learning that occurred in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. These lessons cover such topics as the effects of the scientific revolution and Enlightenment thinkers and their ideas. At the end of this chapter you will have studied:

  • History of the scientific revolution
  • Enlightenment despots
  • Reform in 18th century Great Britain
  • Causes of the French Revolution

Review our entertaining video lessons as often as necessary when preparing for test day. The lessons come with comprehension-boosting written transcripts and efficiency-enhancing, topic-searchable interactive timelines. Be sure and use the lesson quizzes and practice exam to ensure lesson retention for the real test.

The Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy test is used in Massachusetts to qualify teachers for their licenses. The computer-based test is made up of 100 multiple-choice and 2 open-response questions and is timed at four hours. This chapter relates to Subarea I - Political Philosophy, which accounts for approximately 15% of the test, and Subarea IV - History, which makes up 20% of the total score.

7 Lessons in Chapter 31: The Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

1. The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

In this lesson we explore the Scientific Revolution and the controversy which surrounds the very term. Additionally, we learn about just a few of the most important thinkers of the period who laid the foundation for our modern understanding of the world.

Effects of the Scientific Revolution

2. Effects of the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we explore the philosophical, religious, and cultural effects of the Scientific Revolution on Early Modern society - effects that forever changed the Western view of the universe and humanity's place within it.

The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas

3. The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas

In this lesson, we discuss the varied and diverse 18th-century intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment. In addition to exploring its background and nature, we highlight several of the era's chief philosophers and their ideas.

Enlightened Despots in France, Austria & Prussia: Reforms & Goals

4. Enlightened Despots in France, Austria & Prussia: Reforms & Goals

In this lesson we explore the term 'Enlightened Despotism' and how it pertains to the domestic politics of several 18th-century Western and Central European nations.

Enlightened Despots in Russia: Reforms & Goals

5. Enlightened Despots in Russia: Reforms & Goals

In this lesson, we explore the term enlightened despotism and the two rulers that most closely resemble enlightened despots in eighteenth-century Russia, Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.

Reform in Great Britain in the 1700s: History & Impact

6. Reform in Great Britain in the 1700s: History & Impact

In this lesson we explore the political developments of eighteenth-century Britain, from the formation and union of Great Britain to the political reforms and ideologies of Edmund Burke and William Pitt the Younger.

The Causes of the French Revolution: Economic & Social Conditions

7. The Causes of the French Revolution: Economic & Social Conditions

In this lesson, we explore the social, economic, and political conditions in late 18th-century France, out of which the French Revolution exploded in 1789.

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