Timothy Kinsella
Political Science
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Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
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  • American Government
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    Education Standards

    Citizen Participation in the Political System: Course Map & Recommended Resources


    Citizen Participation in the Political System

    1. The resources included here are intended to map to the following learning objectives for an American Government Course:
    2. Examine how the presidential primary process works.
    3. Define gerrymandering and understand how Congressional districts are drawn.
    4. Compare and contrast different states’ rules for voting and voter registration and how these rules might influence election outcomes.
    5. Explain the Electoral College.

    Module 6 Discussion Questions and Key Concepts

    Discussion Questions

    1. Civic engagement or political participation can take on many forms, besides voting, identify a number of ways that citizens can participate in the political process.

    2. Younger individuals (for example, those between 18 and 25) have the lowest voter participation rates. Discuss why you believe that is the case. Is it fair to characterize younger voters as apathetic or lazy? Explain

    3. In order to vote, should voters be required to provide a picture ID?

    4. It has often been said that if a person doesn’t vote, the person has no right to complain after the election. Do you think this is true? Explain.

    5. How has social media affected political participation or civic engagement?

    Key Terms or Concepts (Define):

    1. 15th Amendment

    2. 19th Amendment 

    3. 26th Amendment

    4. Early voting

    5. Vote by mail

    6. Social movements