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Ch 11: Political Participation in the U.S.

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Review these simple and effective lessons on political participation in the United States. The chapter will help you study the relationships between politics, interest groups, the public and the media.

Political Participation in the U.S. - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive collection of social studies lessons helps you study topics related to political participation in the United States. Explore the chapter to review the history of conservatism and liberalism, as well as analyze the influence of interest groups and the media on public attitudes. You'll also take a look at America's political culture and understand how the public participates in political matters. After finishing the chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the history, types development and maintenance of interest groups
  • Contextualize the influence that interest groups have on American politics
  • Outline political participation in the United States in terms of influence and voter turnout
  • Identify alternative kinds of political participation
  • Summarize voting rights amendments with regards to the U.S. Constitution
  • Define concepts such as political socialization and political ideology
  • Explain the history, ideology and influence of liberalism and conservatism in America
  • Assess the media's role in elections and other government activities
  • Recognize the media's influence on the political attitudes of the public
  • Analyze American political culture
  • Know how public opinion is measured
  • Describe the process and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship
  • Compare foreign and domestic policies

Our expert political science instructors design their lessons to be straightforward, engaging and less than ten minutes in length. This way, you can quickly review and retain essential topics related to political participation in the U.S. We've included lesson transcripts and self-assessment quizzes to enhance your study experience. If you need to find a specific definition or concept, you can easily find it using your intuitive course Dashboard and video tags. You can also access the chapter material at any time, day or night.

15 Lessons in Chapter 11: Political Participation in the U.S.
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Interest Groups: History, Types, Development & Maintenance

1. Interest Groups: History, Types, Development & Maintenance

In this lesson, you will explore the history and workings of an interest group and even have the opportunity to start your own interest group. Then, test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American Politics

2. Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American Politics

The following lesson will describe the strategies used by interest groups to influence American politics. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout

3. 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

4. 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.

Voting Rights Amendments of the US Constitution

5. Voting Rights Amendments of the US Constitution

This lesson will explore the 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments of the United States Constitution. In doing so, it will define the term 'amendments' while also discussing how each of these changed the vote within America.

What is Political Socialization?

6. 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.

What Is a Political Ideology?

7. What Is a Political Ideology?

Nearly every opinion on the appropriateness or inappropriateness of government policy, ranging from welfare to gun control, is a reflection of a person's political ideology. In this lesson, you learn about political ideology and its importance.

Liberalism: History, Ideology, and Influence

8. Liberalism: History, Ideology, and Influence

Liberalism is one of the great political traditions of the Western world and the dominant political ideology in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about the history of liberalism, its major tenets and its influence.

Conservatism: History, Ideology, and Influence

9. Conservatism: History, Ideology, and Influence

Conservatism is one of the major political philosophies of the Western world. In this lesson, you'll learn about its major tenets, its history and its influence. You'll also have a chance to take a short quiz after the lesson.

The Role of Media in Elections & Other Government Activities

10. 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.

Media's Influence on the Public's Political Attitudes

11. 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.

What is American Political Culture?

12. 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.

The Measurement of Public Opinion

13. 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.

US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities

14. US Citizenship: Process & Responsibilities

This lesson will delineate the procedure of U.S. naturalization. It will also explain the responsibilities and mandatory duties of citizenship, as well as the Selective Service Act.

Domestic vs. Foreign Policy: Definition, Differences & Policymaking

15. Domestic vs. Foreign Policy: Definition, Differences & Policymaking

In this lesson, you'll learn about domestic and foreign policy and the differences between each. You'll also explore how they are used to address issues on both a domestic and global scale.

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