Students can engage in societal problems and participate in opportunities to contribute to the common good through governmental and nongovernmental channels.
2. Political parties, interest groups and the media provide opportunities for civic involvement through various means.
Political parties consist of organizations whose members hold similar views on public issues. Political parties seek to determine public policy through winning elections and having their members hold public office.
Interest groups consist of organizations whose members hold similar views on public issues. Interest groups seek to influence the making and execution of public policy by engaging in political and public policy processes.
Media are various means of mass communication with different audiences. Political parties and interest groups use media to influence the political and public-policy processes.
Expectations for Learning
Select a political party or interest group to address a civic issue, identify a type of media as a means of communication, then defend the viability of the choices made in an effort to achieve a successful result in resolving the civic issue.