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U.S. Government, Political Process & Citizenship - Chapter Summary
Awaken your memories about the U.S. government, political process, and citizenship by watching these informative video lessons. Visual aids and voiceovers provide a thorough recap of each topic. Article-style lessons allow you to spot major topic headers as well as important vocabulary terms. Opening the lessons from this chapter will allow you to review the following:
- Legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government
- Powers of the federal government
- Bureaucracy of the president and presidential cabinet
- U.S. electoral systems and representation
- Responsibilities of local and state governments
- Political action committees (PACs), interest groups, and political parties
- Impact of interest groups
- Influences on political participation and voter turnout
- Other types of political participation
- Citizenship and civil society
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1. The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial
In 1787, leaders from each of the states gathered to write the United States Constitution. The Constitution sets out how our nation is governed and creates a system that separates powers between different branches. This lesson explores the three branches of our federal government.
2. What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits
A federal government is a system that divides up power between a strong national government and smaller local governments. We'll take a look at how power plays out between the national and local government, and the benefits of a federal government.
3. The Presidency, the Cabinet & the Bureaucracy
In this lesson, we will explore the relationships between the president and the bureaucracy. We will focus especially on the cabinet, independent regulatory agencies, and the Office of Management and Budget.
4. Representation & U.S. Electoral Systems
In this lesson, you'll consider the importance of representation in elections and how districts can help achieve this. You will learn about winner-take-all elections and ones that aim to be more proportional to the votes cast.
5. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges
The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.
6. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges
Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.
7. Relationship Between Michigan's State & Local Governments
The state of Michigan has multiple levels of government to help daily administration be as efficient as possible. In this lesson, we'll look at these various levels and see how they interact.
8. Political Power: Political Parties, Interest Groups & Political Action Committees (PACs)
Sociologists often analyze political power by examining the relationship between those who hold power and those who seek it. We'll discuss political power and distinguish between political parties, special interest groups, and Political Action Committees.
9. Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American Politics
The following lesson will describe the strategies used by interest groups to influence American politics. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
10. Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout
Despite an increase in the number of eligible voters, political participation in the United States seems to be on the decline. This lesson discusses influences on political participation and voter turnout.
11. Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types
Americans participate in government by voting, but they also participate in many other ways. This lesson discusses the role alternative forms of political participation play in our political involvement.
12. 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.
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- Social Science Inquiry & Research
- Historical Text & Information Analysis
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- Rise of the Roman Republic
- Development of Religions
- Islamic Culture
- Fall of the Roman Empire
- Ancient China
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- Scientific & Political Revolutions Since 1700
- European Imperialism
- Settling North America & the Colonies
- Events & Leaders of the American Revolution
- Early Evolution of American Government
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- The American Civil War
- After the Civil War: Reconstruction
- American Industrialization of the Late 19th Century
- American Imperialism
- A World at War - WWI
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- Developments & Movements Since 1945
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