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Ch 12: The US Legislative Branch - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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Watch these lessons to reinforce your knowledge of the abilities, responsibilities and structures of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government as part of your studies for the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam.

The US Legislative Branch - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy - Chapter Summary

In the lesson videos of this chapter, our expert instructors will explain the way members of Congress are elected, the formation of legislative committees and different legislative tactics. Use these lessons to improve your understanding of these topics so that on test day you will be prepared for related questions on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Political Science/Political Philosophy exam about:

  • Powers and structure of Congress
  • How bureaucracy influences Congress
  • History of the electoral evolution of Congress
  • Legislative committees and their purposes
  • Processes and requirements for impeachment
  • Legislative tactics, prohibiting bills of attainders and ex post facto laws

For an additional review of the material, read the lesson transcripts. These written overviews of the lessons will provide you with a way to study the key vocabulary of the chapter and help you fortify your retention of the information presented in the lesson videos. After each lesson, test how well you understand the material presented in it by taking its lesson quiz. Following these quizzes, you can return to and review the parts of the lessons that explained the topics you missed with the video tags.

The US Legislative Branch - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy Objectives

If you are interested in becoming a high school teacher and teaching political science in the state of Massachusetts, you will need to take the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam, in addition to meeting other requirements. When you take this computer-based exam, you will be tasked with responding to 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response questions, all in a four-hour testing session. Of these questions, 20% will assess your understanding of U.S. government and civics, including your understanding of the legislative branch of U.S. government.

8 Lessons in Chapter 12: The US Legislative Branch - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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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.

The Bureaucracy and Congress: Sources of Power & Influence

2. The Bureaucracy and Congress: Sources of Power & Influence

In this lesson, we will examine the relationship between the bureaucracy and Congress. We will focus especially on congressional powers to create, enable, and review the bureaucracy, as well as on the Iron Triangle and issue networks.

The Electoral Evolution of the Congress: History & Timeline

3. 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.

The Purpose of Legislative Committees

4. The Purpose of Legislative Committees

The following lesson will discuss the purpose that small groups, or committees, have in passing laws in a legislature. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

Impeachment: Definition, Process & Requirements

5. Impeachment: Definition, Process & Requirements

The following lesson will cover impeachment, or the process by which the president, vice president or other civil officer can be removed from office. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Legislative Tactics: From Caucuses to Vetoes

6. Legislative Tactics: From Caucuses to Vetoes

In this lesson, we will learn about several different types of legislative tactics. We will look at what these tactics are and how effective they can be.

Prohibiting Bills of Attainder

7. Prohibiting Bills of Attainder

Our United States Constitution prohibits bills of attainder in Article I. A bill of attainder is a particular kind of legislative act. This lesson explains bills of attainder.

Prohibiting Ex Post Facto Laws

8. Prohibiting Ex Post Facto Laws

The United States Constitution prohibits ex post facto laws. Ex post facto laws are retroactive, meaning they seek to penalize 'after the fact'. This lesson explains the constitutional prohibition on ex post facto laws.

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