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Introduction to Cultural Issues (Video)

When observing a culture, it’s important to keep in mind the difference between cultural generalizations and cultural stereotypes.

A generalization describes a trait that many people in a culture might share. A stereotype, on the other hand, assumes that all members of a group think or act alike because of a certain behavior that is common in that group.

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Global Citizenship (Video)

Globalization refers to the “increasing multi-directional economic, social, cultural, and political connections that are forming across the world and our awareness of them” (The SAGE Dictionary of Cultural Studies).

In other words, globalization is the idea that people, goods, and ideas are spreading around the world and we are becoming more interconnected and aware of this process. Watch the following video to see an example of this global interconnectedness.

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Introduction to Civic Engagement (Video)

Have you ever worked to make a difference, improve the quality of life, or implement a change in your neighborhood? If so, you’re on the way to becoming a civically-engaged citizen.

As a citizen, it’s your responsibility to take an active role in the full spectrum of your community’s civic life. Watch the following video to learn more.

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Introduction to Civic Action (Video)

Civic action happens when informed citizens get their ideas recognized by decision makers who are higher up the social, economic, or political ladder. Civic action can take many forms, from petitioning state representatives to helping make your school more environmentally friendly.

By taking civic action, you and your community can be effective changemakers for local, national, or international issues. Watch the following video to see how.

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QUIZ: Culture and Citizenship Quiz

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QUIZ: Civic Engagement and Civic Action Quiz

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Introduction to Digital Citizenship (Tutorial)

As a student, you leverage digital tools to complete classwork, stay up to date on the news, keep in touch with classmates and friends, and pursue your hobbies. These interactions are part of your larger identity as a digital citizen.

In this tutorial, you’ll explore what it means to be a digital citizen and start to examine your relationship with information in online spaces.

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Digital Citizenship in Practice (Tutorial)

In this tutorial, you’ll explore the role of critical thinking in maintaining safe, informative, and inclusive digital spaces. You’ll examine the characteristics of a digital citizen in greater depth and gather strategies for responsible behaviors to apply to your everyday life. You’ll also use the checklists on the following pages to develop a customized code of ethics.

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