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American Democracy & Citizenship - Chapter Summary
This self-paced political science chapter provides a thorough overview of American democracy and citizenship concepts. Use any Internet-connected device to access fun lessons that cover the principles, values and foundation of the U.S. government. You'll also study the elements of responsible citizenship and civic duty in the United States. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Define the principles of democracy and compare democracy types
- Recognize the core values of America and the central principles of American government
- Summarize the Bill of Rights
- Explain the concepts of civil society, citizenship and civic duty
- Discuss the process and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship
These video lessons are designed to be concise and entertaining so you can work through the chapter quickly and take away memorable definitions/examples. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you retain the information you study. You can access the chapter whenever it's convenient, and our subject-matter experts are happy to answer any questions you may have about the chapter topics.
1. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles
In this lesson, we will study the nature of democracy. We will define the term, take a look at the types of democracy, and examine its basic principles.
2. America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government
In this lesson, we will examine a few of America's core values. We will focus especially on liberty, self-government, equality, individualism, diversity, and unity.
3. The Core Principles of American Government
In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.
4. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments
The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.
5. 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.
6. Civic Duty: Definition & Examples
Civic duties are legally mandated responsibilities that all citizens are required to fulfill. Failure to fulfill these obligations could result in legal punishment. We'll look at some examples in American society.
7. US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities
This lesson will delineate the procedure of U.S. naturalization. It will also explain the responsibilities and mandatory duties of citizenship, as well as the Selective Service Act.
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