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Ch 4: AP US Government and Politics: American Political Culture

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Watch these video lessons to learn about American political culture, from what it is to how it's measured. The quizzes that follow each lesson are designed to help you gauge your understanding of the materials.

AP US Government and Politics: American Political Culture - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Americans' political leanings are about as diverse as Americans themselves, but there's a broad, general consensus that can be described as American political culture. In this chapter, find out how Americans develop their political views. See what kind of challenges are faced by those who seek to know more about what Americans think through public opinion polling. The instructors of these video lessons will teach you about core elements of the political system, such as liberty, equality and democracy. They'll help you improve your knowledge of the full spectrum of ideologies held by Americans, and what adherents to those ideologies embrace. In these lessons, you'll learn things like:

  • What factors shape American political culture
  • How political socialization occurs
  • What kind of influence public opinion poll results have
  • What the political spectrum looks like

Video Objective
What Is American Political Culture? Describe what political culture is; list characteristics of American political culture and what factors influence it.
Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System Discuss five core beliefs held by many Americans about the U.S. political system.
What Is Political Socialization? Describe the process of political socialization, and discuss the ways in which Americans develop their political values through exposure to media, family members and education.
What Is Public Opinion? Define public opinion; discuss what influences it, and how it influences the political system.
The Measurement of Public Opinion Explain how opinion polling is carried out; highlight the challenges in carrying out this type of polling.
What Is a Political Ideology? Define ideology and explain how it is related to politics.
The Political Spectrum Explain the concept of a political spectrum, and discuss where and why specific ideologies fall where they do along the spectrum.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: AP US Government and Politics: American Political Culture
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What is American Political Culture?

1. What is American Political Culture?

The American political culture is a system of shared political traditions, customs, beliefs and values. This lesson discusses the characteristics of America's political culture and the factors that help shape it.

Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System

2. Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System

Americans use a unique frame of reference to perceive and evaluate our political system. This lesson explores five common beliefs Americans hold about the American political system.

What is Political Socialization?

3. What is Political Socialization?

Political socialization is the process by which people form their ideas about politics. This lesson explains political socialization and discusses the means through which Americans form their political values.

What is Public Opinion?

4. What is Public Opinion?

Public opinion is an expression of the general population's thoughts on a particular political issue. This lesson discusses the concept of public opinion and explores influences on public opinion.

The Measurement of Public Opinion

5. The Measurement of Public Opinion

Public opinion is an expression of the general population's thoughts on a particular political issue. This lesson discusses the measurement of public opinion, including the development and use of opinion polling.

What Is a Political Ideology?

6. What Is a Political Ideology?

Nearly every opinion on the appropriateness or inappropriateness of government policy, ranging from welfare to gun control, is a reflection of a person's political ideology. In this lesson, you learn about political ideology and its importance.

Types of Ideologies Along The Political Spectrum

7. Types of Ideologies Along The Political Spectrum

There are several different ideologies represented along the political spectrum. Political ideologies range from the extreme left-wing to the extreme right-wing. This lesson explains five political ideologies.

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