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Fundamentals of Political Culture & Public Opinion - Chapter Summary
This chapter explores how the opinions of the American public affect political culture. The instructors introduce the different types of political participation as well as how Americans view the existing political system. You will gain an understanding of how public opinion works and it can be quantified. Other concepts you will cover include:
- Political socialization
- Influences on political participation and voter turnout
- Political change
This study guide streamlines the learning process because it includes various features that offer a comprehensive learning experience. The lessons are created by experts in each topic are, and use an engaging video format. Included with the lessons are quizzes that allow you to assess what you've learned. If you find need to review any particular topics, the lessons include interactive timelines which allow you to easily navigate the videos, so you can review only the information you need to work on.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Political Change: Definition, Purpose & Types
The following lesson discusses how political change is a powerful force in politics. Some key types of political change are also discussed. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
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