Ch 17: Principles of U.S. Citizenship

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Principles of U.S. Citizenship - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons examine the meaning of citizenship in the United States. Our knowledgeable instructors offer a review of basic freedoms, such as speech and religion, and explore the controversy surrounding the Constitutional right to bear arms. You'll refresh your knowledge of the rights of a person accused of a crime.

This chapter also includes a few lessons on elections and the U.S. system of voting. After completing this chapter, you will have a better understanding of topics including:

  • Citizenship in a civil society
  • Freedom of speech, press and assembly in the U.S.
  • History of freedom of religion
  • Legal rights of an accused person
  • Privacy rights
  • Direct and indirect elections
  • Costs and benefits of voting
  • History of civil liberties in the U.S.

Our instructors are experts in the field, and they know how to make learning fun with short lessons that are filled with examples and humor as well as solid information. You can evaluate your knowledge by completing the multiple-choice quizzes at the end of every lesson. If you need to review a specific topic, use the links in our Timeline to click right back to that part of the lesson.

9 Lessons in Chapter 17: Principles of U.S. Citizenship
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Civil Society and Citizenship

1. 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.

Freedom of Speech, Press & Assembly: Definition, Importance & Limitations

2. Freedom of Speech, Press & Assembly: Definition, Importance & Limitations

In this lesson, we will learn about the freedom of speech, press and assembly. We will take a closer look at the rationale behind these freedoms and the specific clauses of freedom of speech, press and assembly and what they mean to society today.

What is Freedom of Religion? - Definition, History & Importance

3. What is Freedom of Religion? - Definition, History & Importance

In this lesson, we will learn about the freedom of religion. We will take a closer look at the rationale behind the freedom, the specific clauses of the freedom of religion and what it means to society today.

Law and Order: Procedural Rights of the Accused

4. Law and Order: Procedural Rights of the Accused

In this lesson, we will learn about the procedural rights of the accused. We will look at how these rights are defined and what they mean to our justice system today.

The Right to Privacy: Definition & Examples

5. The Right to Privacy: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the right of privacy. We will take a closer look at the right, what it includes and what it means to society today.

The Right to Bear Arms: History, Pros & Cons

6. The Right to Bear Arms: History, Pros & Cons

In this lesson, we will learn about the right to bear arms. We will take a closer look at the right to find out what it includes and what it means to society today.

Direct vs. Indirect Elections

7. Direct vs. Indirect Elections

In this lesson, we explore the difference between indirect and direct elections. You will gain insight about what is meant by the Electoral College when you vote for president and how this differs from a popular vote.

Voting: Costs and Benefits

8. 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.

Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline

9. Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline

In this lesson, we will learn about the origin of civil liberties in the United States. We will take a closer look at where the civil liberties came from, what they entail and what they mean to society today.

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