3.0 Unit 3 Overview: Political Culture & Participation
2 min read•november 15, 2020
3.0: Overview of Unit 3
Welcome back! We should begin with a quick overview 👀 of what you should be expected to know and demonstrate at the end of this unit. All-in-all, this unit is about people 👨👧 and their relationship with the state. 🗾 You also need to explain what influences the relationship between the state and its people. 💱
Unit 3 Topics
Civil Society—Define and describe this term. Think about: things people involve themselves in, voluntarily, that are NOT part of the government. You also need to describe what the role of civil society is in each of the course countries (UK, Russia, China, Iran, Nigeria, and Mexico).
Political Culture—Explain what influences political culture (collective values and beliefs of the people) and how it influences people and the state.
Political Ideology—Define ideology (set of beliefs and values about government) and explain how ideology impacts the relationship between the people and the state.
Political Values and Beliefs—Explain how political values and beliefs on the part of the people and the state impact policymaking.
Nature and Role of Political Participation—Explain the way a regime uses power and authority to support or suppress its citizens and establishes a balance between order and individual liberty.
Forces that Impact Political Participation—Explain how political participation affects and is affected by democratic or authoritarian regimes.
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights—Explain the extent to which regimes protect or restrict individual rights and liberties.
Political and Social Cleavages—TOUGH Concept Alert! 🚨 This is a topic that many students have difficulty with, so we want to make sure you understand cleavages before we move on from this unit:
The simplest way to describe a cleavage is as an internal division within a country that can be based on a number of different factors or combinations of factors. Examples of factors include race, ethnicity, religion, or territory. In addition, there is an expectation that you also describe how governments attempt to ensure stability despite the challenges of social and political cleavages.
One thing to point out about this unit is that the focus is on citizens, which is a new topic, but ideas like regimes, state, and political participation are not new. There is always an expectation on part of the AP Exam that you are able to compare course countries, and in this unit that means being able to compare the role of civil society and citizen participation in politics.