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Citizens, Society & the State - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
You've probably heard that it's important to be a good citizen, but what exactly does that mean? In this chapter, you'll learn about citizenship and the responsibilities that come along with being a citizen of a nation. You will also explore other aspects of civil society, including political participation and culture. The impacts of race, ethnicity and the media in society and politics are discussed as well. The lessons in this chapter cover topics like:
- What defines a civil society
- What social majorities and social minorities are
- How the media influences political and social opinions
- How citizens engage in political participation in the US and the EU
- What connection exists between political culture and public opinion
|Civil Society and Citizenship||Examine the benefits and duties of being a citizen in a civil society.|
|Race and Ethnicity Definitions: Social Minority vs. Social Majority||Find out the difference between race and ethnicity, and explore the impact of social minorities.|
|Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects||Explore what language is and how different dialects develop.|
|The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion||See how political culture affects public opinion.|
|The Media Industry: Roles, Impact & Ethics||Discover the functions and effects of the media in society and politics.|
|Political Participation and EU Citizenship: Influences, Voter Turnout & Voting Benefits||Learn about voter turnout and what affects political participation in the European Union.|
|Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout||Get details on what influences voters' political participation in the US.|
|Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types||Explore types of political participation beyond voting in elections.|
1. 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.
2. Race and Ethnicity Definitions: Social Minority vs. Social Majority
This lesson introduces concepts important to understanding race and ethnicity. First, a distinction is made between 'race' and 'ethnicity.' Next, the idea of a social minority is defined, along with distinction and subordination. Finally, U.S. trends regarding minority influence are outlined.
3. Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects
Do you know what lolly water is? How about gym boots? In this lesson, you'll consider how word choices, accent and pronunciation are all part of our use of language and how this varies by region.
4. The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion
Politicians are always trying to take the pulse of public opinion, either to follow it or to try to change it. In this lesson, you'll learn about public opinion and its relation to political culture. A short quiz follows.
5. The Media Industry: Roles, Impact & Ethics
In this lesson, you will learn the role the media serves in regards to the government, business, and society, such as providing news and information, shaping attitudes and values, and developing non-market issue agenda.
6. Political Participation and EU Citizenship: Influences, Voter Turnout & Voting Benefits
In this lesson, we explore the factors that affect voter turnout and political participation in democratic governments and, specifically, the history of political participation in the EU.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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Other chapters within the AP Comparative Government and Politics: Exam Prep course
- Purpose of Government & Methods of Comparison & Classification
- Political Culture, Communication & Socialization
- Sovereignty, Authority & Power of Government
- Types of Government
- Belief Systems as a Source of Legitimacy
- Political Institutions
- Parliamentary and Presidential Systems
- Types of Legislatures
- Elections & Electoral Systems
- Political Parties
- Interest Groups in American Politics
- Military & Other Coercive Institutions
- Judiciary Branches of Government
- Forces of Political & Economic Change
- Democratic State Systems & Structures
- U.S. Public, Social & Environmental Policies
- Economic, Fiscal & Trade Policy in the U.S.
- U.S. Foreign & Defense Policy
- The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland
- The United States of America's Government
- Comparing the Governments of the US & Great Britain
- Germany's Government
- Russia's Government
- China's Government
- Mexico's Government
- Nigeria's Government
- Iran's Government
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