Ch 27: MTTC Political Science: Media & Culture in U.S. Politics

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Use these lessons to look at the role of media in establishing political opinions in the United States. These videos and quizzes can help you prepare for these types of questions on the MTTC Political Science exam.

MTTC Political Science: Media & Culture in U.S. Politics - Chapter Summary

Let us aid in your review of media's influence on U.S. politics and public opinion in preparation for the MTTC Political Science exam. Our lessons can help you answer exam questions on the following topics:

  • History of journalism and mass media in the U.S.
  • Types of information sources
  • Influence of media on political attitudes
  • Media criticism and bias
  • Regulations governing the media
  • Public opinion and the ways in which it is measured
  • Political culture
  • America's view of the political system
  • Opinion leaders
  • Political socialization

You can watch these lessons on a computer, smartphone or mobile device, moving through the lessons as your schedule permits. Every lesson is accompanied by a written transcript, many with links to text lessons that provide more information.

MTTC Political Science: Media & Culture in U.S. Politics Chapter Objectives

Passing the MTTC Political Science exam is one of the requirements for certification to teach the subject in Michigan. The exam contains four subareas, and questions on the material covered in the Media & Culture in U.S. Politics chapter is in the subarea on the Political Process and U.S. Citizenship, which accounts for 15% of the exam's total scoring.

All questions on this exam are multiple-choice. Some will ask you to read a passage and then answer related items, but other questions stand alone. The quizzes that follow each of our lessons offer practice answering questions in this format and also let you assess your knowledge of the subject. Video tags make it easy to return to the lesson and review topics that require additional study.

13 Lessons in Chapter 27: MTTC Political Science: Media & Culture in U.S. Politics
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Development of the Mass Media & Journalism in the United States: History & Timeline

1. Development of the Mass Media & Journalism in the United States: History & Timeline

The mass media includes print media, broadcast media, social media and other types of communication. This lesson explores the development of the mass media in the United States and its role in the American political process.

American Media Information Sources: Definition & Types

2. American Media Information Sources: Definition & Types

Americans use many different sources of media to gain information about the government. This lesson explores American media information sources throughout history and looks at the influence of old and new media.

Media's Influence on the Public's Political Attitudes

3. Media's Influence on the Public's Political Attitudes

Most people make their political decisions based on impressions gained from the media. This lesson assesses the effect of media, especially newer forms of media, on the public's political attitudes.

Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples

4. Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples

Media bias occurs when a media outlet reports a news story in a partial or prejudiced manner. There are many different types of media bias. This lesson takes a look at the most common types of media bias.

The Role of Media in Elections & Other Government Activities

5. The Role of Media in Elections & Other Government Activities

The media play several important roles in the campaign and election processes. This lesson examines the media's function in presidential campaigns and elections and other government activities.

Rules Governing the Media: Definition & Examples

6. Rules Governing the Media: Definition & Examples

The First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press, but the government still regulates the media in many ways. This lesson examines the laws, rules and regulations that govern various media outlets.

What is Public Opinion?

7. 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

8. 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.

The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion

9. 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.

Opinion Leaders: Who Are They & Why Do They Matter?

10. Opinion Leaders: Who Are They & Why Do They Matter?

The following lesson will discuss how individuals known as opinion leaders shape the public's perceptions on complex issues, such as politics. There will be a short quiz following the lesson to check your understanding.

What is American Political Culture?

11. 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

12. 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?

13. 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.

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