Previous Understanding: Federalism and Foundations My Schedule: Day 1: Political Culture Day 2: Ideology Day 3: Socialization Day 4: Voter Behavior Day 5: Voter Turnout Day 6: Public Opinion Current Understanding: We should understand why individuals engage in various forms of political participation and how that participation may affect the political system. We also will understand what leads citizens to differ from one another in their political beliefs and behaviors and the political consequences of these differences. We should also understand how changes in political participation affect the political system Beliefs that citizens hold about their government and its leaders Processes by which citizens learn about politics Political Beliefs and Behaviors The nature, sources, and consequences of public opinion The ways in which citizens vote and otherwise participate in political life Factors that influence citizens to differ from one another in terms of political beliefs and behaviors Next Understanding: Political Parties and Campaigns Essential Vocabulary: Political Culture Political Ideology Social capital Popular sovereignty Capitalism Socialism Communism Liberalism Conservatism Libertarianism Demography Reinforcing cleavages Cross-cutting cleavages Fundamentalists Gender gap Gross domestic product (GDP) Socioeconomic Status Focus Objectives: Unit Verbs: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Understand, analyze, compare and contrast, create, describe 7. Identify the most important elements and sources for the American political culture. Compare and contrast political ideologies and evaluate the critiques of each ideology. Assess the importance of political ideology in light of competing ideas and the contemporary American context. Characterize the opportunities and challenges posed by the diversity of the American population and by the nation’s geography. Relate differences in political culture to where people live. Analyze how demographic factors- including race and ethnicity, religion, gender, family structures, education, income, class, and age – affect American politics. Evaluate the degree to which America has achieved a measure of unity in a land of diversity.