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Unformatted text preview: al, state, national, and global contexts and appreciate the importance of lifelong participation in political processes. Course description In this course we will explore the nature of political participation in America. We will examine the roles of societal influences, the media, political campaigns, and individual voter psychology in shaping patterns of political participation, and how the Internet may be changing this process in important ways. We will also participate in several “hands on” political activities in and outside of class, including a local survey project. Finally, we will investigate the importance of civic participation in building social capital and how this helps “make democracy work.” You will come away from this class with a deeper understanding of what political participation means, from both a societal and a personal point of view! POLS108 Political Participation Fall 2013 Page 2 of 13 Course Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: CLO1. Demonstrate an understanding of political science scholarship on political participation and voting, including theories of voter turnout, vote choice, and civic engagement. CLO2. Demonstrate an applied understanding of civic and political engagement through hands‐ on exercises in practical politics. CLO3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the various influences on political participation including political socialization and learning, social characteristics, the media, technology, campaigns and elections. CLO4. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of social capital, and its relationship to political participation and democracy. Course Web Page Course materials including the syllabus, assignments, and grades will be posted on the CANVAS page accessible to registered students at: http://sjsu.instructure.com Accommodations If...
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