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Principles of American Democracy - Chapter Summary
Explore American democracy through topics like the principles of American government, the Bill of Rights, civil society and citizenship. After working through the lessons in this chapter, you'll have a working knowledge of:
- American values of liberty, equality and self-government
- The first ten amendments of the Constitution
- Citizenship and civic duty
- The process of U.S. naturalization
Short, engaging video lessons explain each subject in a way that's easy to understand. Check what you've learned with self-assessment quizzes and track your progress through the chapter using the personal dashboard feature.
1. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles
In this lesson, we will study the nature of democracy. We will define the term, take a look at the types of democracy, and examine its basic principles.
2. America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government
In this lesson, we will examine a few of America's core values. We will focus especially on liberty, self-government, equality, individualism, diversity, and unity.
3. The Core Principles of American Government
In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.
4. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments
The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.
5. 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.
6. Civic Duty: Definition & Examples
Civic duties are legally mandated responsibilities that all citizens are required to fulfill. Failure to fulfill these obligations could result in legal punishment. We'll look at some examples in American society.
7. 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.
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- Overview of American Law
- Religion and Religious Diversity
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- Supreme Court Cases
- Election Process
- Levels of Government in the U.S.
- Mass Media in the United States
- Political Systems
- Tension in American Democracy
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- Politics and Economics
- U.S. Labor Unions
- U.S. Labor Market
- Aggregate Economic Behavior
- Factors in International Trade
- California History
- Sources of Information in Social Science
- Historical Interpretations
- Social Science Research
- Social Science Perspectives
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