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Ch 15: Citizens, Society & the State

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Watch video lessons to learn about citizenship, political culture and the function of civil society in the United States and Europe. Take self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson to gauge your comprehension of the material.

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

VideoObjective
Civil Society and CitizenshipExamine the benefits and duties of being a citizen in a civil society.
Race and Ethnicity Definitions: Social Minority vs. Social MajorityFind out the difference between race and ethnicity, and explore the impact of social minorities.
Language & Language Regions: Definitions & DialectsExplore what language is and how different dialects develop.
The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public OpinionSee how political culture affects public opinion.
The Media Industry: Roles, Impact & EthicsDiscover the functions and effects of the media in society and politics.
Political Participation and EU Citizenship: Influences, Voter Turnout & Voting BenefitsLearn about voter turnout and what affects political participation in the European Union.
Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter TurnoutGet details on what influences voters' political participation in the US.
Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & TypesExplore types of political participation beyond voting in elections.

8 Lessons in Chapter 15: Citizens, Society & the State
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Civil Society and Citizenship

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.

Race and Ethnicity Definitions: Social Minority vs. Social Majority

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.

Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

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.

The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion

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.

The Media Industry: Roles, Impact & Ethics

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.

Political Participation and EU Citizenship: Influences, Voter Turnout & Voting Benefits

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.

Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout

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.

Alternative Forms of Political Participation: Role & Types

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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