PUBLIC OPINION, POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION
AND THE MEDIA
Define public opinion; understand how it is collected as well as understanding its place in the two models of democracy.
Explain how political values are formed.
Catalogue Description: This course surveys and analyzes the principles, institutions,
policies, and politics of U.S. national and California state governments.
Professors Note: In this course we will examine and then interrogate the foundations
Describe the different eras of federalism, their respective metaphors and the significance for
each upon American federalism.
Identify the forces which prompt change in the relation
My Own Private Idaho. Dir. Gus Van Sant. Fine Line Features, 1991. DVD.
1. Develop a thesis pertaining to the assigned film text and whether or not it, the film, in your view has the
power to transform ones political sensibilities. Your argument should ex
My Own Private Idaho. Dir. Gus Van Sant. Fine Line Features, 1991. Web.
In the movie My Own Private Idaho, Gus Van Sant provides insight into the life of Mike
Waters who is in pursuit of self-identity. Waters struggles are enough to change political
The exclusion, marginalization, and sometimes exploitation, of an individual or a group of people in the political system.
Unifying (un)common Place:
A location both real and abstract where US citizes and residents might freely engag
Charles Taylor argues that the crucial feature of human life is its fundamental dialogical
Type: True or False
Points Awarded: 2/2
In Chapter 1, Tahvildaran Jesswein argues for film
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If a film is to truly be
Question 1.1. If citizens do not _ participate in government, they should give up all
pretense about living in a democracy. (Points : 2)
Question 2.2. Unconventional forms of parti
In Chapter 4, Stanley Fish is referenced as saying that problems that are presented in (a) film are not
necessarily exposed and explored in order to be solved. Rather, they are meant to be _.
Type: Multiple Choice
Points Awarded: 2/2
Colette Lindroth is referenced in Chapter 4 as saying that Buggin Out has a
reasonable request which he communicates with unreasonable force while Sal has a
reasonable reservation which he communicates with contemptuous dismissal.
Type: True o
Question 1.1. In the long term, the national government responded to unconventional
participation by civil rights activists with (Points : 2)
facilitation of and support for future unconventional political action.
violent repression of
DILEMMAS OF DEMOCRACY
Describe the impact of globalization upon American Government, politics, and policy.
Understand the three purposes of government - maintaining order, providing public goods,
and promoting equali
Describe the circumstances in the American colonies in the mid-eighteenth century which
led to the movement for a new government.
Understand how the American revolutionaries structured the government
Spike Lee had hoped that Do the Right Thing would encourage a _ on racism that would
possibly lead to a better understanding of race and then better race relations.
ANSWER: Black-white dialogue
One of the most powerful metaphors in Boyz n the Hood i
POLICYMAKING AND THE BUDGET
Understand how and why the government creates policies.
Identify the forces that work against coherent problem solving in government.
Illustrate how the national budget is created.
EQUALITY AND CIVIL RIGHTS
Understand how Americans define equality.
Detail what freedoms the Civil War amendments protect.
Explain how and why segregation was eliminated.
Illustrate how the civil
Understand the origins of the powers of the president.
Illustrate how the powers of the president have changed over time.
Describe the staff and other resources which make up the Executive Office o
Define the value of interest groups and their roles in a pluralist democracy.
Understand who organizes interest groups and how are they formed.
Identify the resources that interest groups h
ORDER AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
Understand how the Bill of Rights has evolved.
Define the ways in which the First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion.
Explain how the First Amendment guarantees freedom
Understand who administers the nations laws and policies.
2. Explain how the current bureaucratic state came about and discuss whether it should be
3. Describe the organizational structure of t
Understand the concept of judicial review and how it came about.
Describe how the American court system is organized at the national and state levels.
Illustrate how the Supreme Court reaches decisio
POLITICAL PARTIES, CAMPAIGNS, AND
What are political parties and what are their roles in a democracy?
How have U.S. political parties become institutionalized?
In what ways does the two-party system func
PARTICIPATION AND VOTING
Identify the ways citizens can participate in government.
Clarify unconventional participation and why is it practiced.
Be familiar with how citizens can participate in go