Bureaucracy Basics: Crash Course Government and Politics #15

Rules, rules, and more rules. Scholars analyze the role bureaucracy plays in the United States government and politics. Using the 15th installment in a 50-part series that explores US government and politics, a short video clip investigates the separation of powers as well as the need for the government to make rules and regulations for the society in which we live.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite a local member of city council to explain why we have so many rules that govern society
  • Examine the formation of the American Bureaucracy with an assigned reading 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires online access if assigning the video clip as homework
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Lesson includes the Thought Bubble, which animates the concept of the lesson for visual learners
  • Introduces several concepts (federalism, separation of powers) for expansion of the lesson beyond the video
  • None