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- Discuss aspects of American political culture.
- Explore public opinion as well as the process of opinion polling and its influence.
- Note the contrasts between the attentive public and the general public.
- Discuss the beliefs of Americans with regard to our political system.
- Learn about political socialization.
- Explain the importance of opinion leaders in modern-day politics.
- Describe quota sampling versus random sampling.
- Provide examples of bias in polls and surveys.
- Outline the benefits and costs of voting.
- Learn about the factors that influence voter turn out in the United States.
- Study the alternative types of political participation for Americans.
- Discuss social movements, civil wars and other events that bring about political change.
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. Voting: Costs and Benefits
In a country as large as the United States, it's highly unlikely that one person's vote will decide the outcome of a presidential election. Does this mean the costs of voting outweigh the benefits? This lesson explores this question.
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.
9. Angela Davis: Biography & Education
Angela Davis is an educator, activist and author known for her work to eradicate oppression in the United States as well as worldwide. Learn a bit about the life, work, and education of Angela Davis.
10. Random Sampling vs. Quota Sampling
The following lesson will discuss the methods that researchers use to gather data from large populations. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
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