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Government and Civil Society


Government and Civil Society



AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION, THE: BILL OF RIGHTS AND BEYOND

Much of the success of the U.S. Constitution can be attributed to the way the document has changed to meet the needs of the American people. Since 1787, 27 proposed amendments have been ratified, and they tell some of the most important stories in American political, social, and cultural history. This comprehensive three-part series explores each amendment, its origins, its real-world applications, its history of interpretation in the nation's courts, and its implications for the future. Combining computer graphics, original live-action program, historical artwork, and archival footage with narration and interviews, each program reveals an important chapter in the ongoing history of the U.S. Constitution.

3 DVDs (With English Subtitles) / 2007 / (Middle College) / Approx.150 minutes

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THEM AND US: CULTURAL AWARENESS

Nice, reasonable people like us are "we," and strangers with weird beliefs are "they." This is how many of us see the world. But every "us" is somebody else's "them."

Those who hold hidden assumptions or stereotypes consider them a recognition of reality, not a prejudice. A common reaction is "you might be prejudiced", but "I'm a realist". What is prejudice for "them" is merely a recognition of "the way things are" for "us".

Them and Us explores common thinking habits to show how they can easily lead to hidden assumptions, bias, and prejudice. Stereotyping and prejudice are not limited to the ignorant or closed-minded. Its beginnings lie in the almost automatic need to group people into categories and to identify clear "us" and "them" groups.

The program assumes it is better to identify and challenge your own bias rather than declare yourself bias-free. We each have some hidden assumptions about some people types -- age, gender, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, or lifestyle. Not about specific minority groups, it rather explores the mental processes we use to deal with other cultures, with people who do not fit our category of "us."

Learn:
~ How all cultures assume their ways are best and natural. Watch a meal in which four people eat in differing, culturally-determined ways. Eavesdrop on hidden beliefs each holds about how "foreigners" eat.
~ That your genetic inheritance might make you a member of a minority group that no one has ever bothered to classify as a "them."
~ Some simple habits of perception that illustrate how "people typing" and stereotypes are extensions of how our brains work to make sense of the world.


DVD / 2007 / () / 27 minutes

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BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT

This series describes the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches of American government and how they interact in a system of checks and balances.

The Series Includes:
~ The Executive Branch of Government: A Study of Federal and State Government
~ How a Bill Becomes a Law
~ The Judicial Branch of Government


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CAPITALISM AND COMMUNISM: COMPARISONS AND CONTRASTS

This program examines how communism works, focusing on the contributions of Marx, Lenin and Stalin to the modern communist state of the USSR. And it describes Adam's Smith "laissez-faire" theory of capitalism and its influence on the present-day system in the U.S.

DVD / / () / 35 minutes

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CIVIL RIGHTS: YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW

Teach students about Affirmative Action, Title IX, and the Age Discrimination Act with this well-documented program. They'll also learn about the setbacks-the defeat of the ERA, unemployment, the economic gap-since the landmark events of the 50's and 60's. The program focuses on the recent struggles of women and other minorities and discusses government equal opportunity programs.

DVD / / () / 31 minutes

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CONSTITUTION AT 200: WHY DOES IT STILL WORK?

How the Constitution has survived and how it continues to meet the nation's needs; the historic political theories on which it is founded; today's modern interpretations; and how it has shaped our history.

DVD / / () / 40 minutes

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MULTI-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION: VALUING DIVERSITY

How to deal with people who speak with an accent; how differences in body language affect cross-cultural communication; how to remove barriers against those with physical disabilities; how stereotypes doom real communication.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / / () / 19 minutes

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YOUR VOTE COUNTS: STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT

This program outlines the basic structure and functions of local government, using case histories to demonstrate the debate about the restriction of local authorities. Built-in discussion breaks provide students with an opportunity to become involved in real political disputes.

DVD / / () / 40 minutes

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