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A government is a political organization that has the authority to formulate public policies, laws and regulations for a region, to enforce them in the society and conduct public affairs of the region. A government can encompass a whole nation, or it can be local or provincial. Most governments comprise of a set of public institutions with the objective to achieve the common welfare of the society they govern.

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US Government Review - Branches of Government
Grade: 3 - 12
Lesson on US government. Learn about the three branches of government - Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches.
10:15
 

US Government Review - Principles of the Constitution
Grade: 3 - 12
Learn about the principles of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the idea of 'checks & balances' in the government.
8:00
 

The US Government
Grade: 3 - 12
US government for kids - Learn about the 3 levels of government and the 3 branches of government.
3:20
 

Overview of All Types of Government!
Grade: 3 - 12
The presentation explains the most common forms of government, and the political spectrum.
10:35
 

Constitution Lectures 1: The Non-Consent of the Governed
Grade: 5 - 12
Understanding the Constitution is paramount. Watch this lesson to understand this magnificent document better.
10:30
 

Constitution Lectures 2: Interpreting the Constitution
Grade: 5 - 12
The lesson explains how the Constitution should be read and interpreted.
10:00
 

Constitution Lectures 3: The Powers of Government
Grade: 5 - 12
The Federal government does not have any powers unless it is given to them by the Constitution. This lesson explains why, how it works, and what the consequences are.
8:50
 

Constitution Lecture 4: Democracy or Republic?
Grade: 5 - 12
The lesson covers the difference between a democracy and a republic, and why it's so important. The Constitution sets up the United States as a republic, not a democracy.
10:45
 

Constitution Lecture 5: Federalism vs. Nationalism
Grade: 5 - 12
While framing the Constitution, the debate was split over whether we should have a federalist or a nationalist government. This lesson explores the controversy and how it was resolved in the Constitution.
10:45
 

Constitution Lecture 6: Who is the Ultimate Arbiter?
Grade: 5 - 12
Who is the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution? This lesson addresses that question and describes the power of the citizens through Jury Nullification.
11:00
 

Constitution Lecture 7: General Welfare
Grade: 5 - 12
The General Welfare clause is probably the most misunderstood clause in the Constitution. The lesson uses logic to determine the meaning of the clause and how it should be properly applied.
7:00
 

Constitution Lecture 8: Commerce, Arms and the Meaning of "Regulate"
Grade: 5 - 12
The lesson examines and demystifies the most misunderstood word in the Constitution, and two of the most misunderstood clauses.
8:30
 

Constitution Lecture 9: Separation of Church and State
Grade: 5 - 12
The meaning of separation of church and state, as described in the First Amendment.
10:45
 

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