The Public Sphere

Lesson Plan

Public sphere, public agenda, public opinion, public policy… What’s the difference? Students discover the relationships among these concepts and how they influence the issues we all discuss and care about. 

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Students will be able to...

  • Define the following terms: public sphere, public agenda, public opinion, public policy.
  • Identify the relationships among the public sphere, the public agenda, public opinion, and public policy.
  • Describe the effect of the news on the public agenda.
  • Evaluate different ways of reporting poll results.