The aim of the course is to offer you an in-depth psychological account of the development and change of political beliefs, the differences between moral and non-moral beliefs, and how political groups interact and perceive one another. You will read, reflect on, and discuss a collection of journal articles by internationally renowned scholars whose work is at the cutting edge of research.
At the end of the course students will be able to
- Compare and contrast different models about the development of political beliefs.
- Distinguish between moral and non-moral beliefs and their consequences.
- Use knowledge of how political groups interact and perceive one another to make informed recommendations for solving political conflict
- Use knowledge of political decision-making to make informed recommendations for a political campaign.
There are two components of the final grade in this course. 1. A multiple choice exam consisting of 50 questions. 2. A group paper that designs a political advertisement based on the principles learned in the course. The multiple choice exam counts for 70% of the final grade and the group paper consists of 30% of the final grade. Attendance at the lectures and the work groups is not part of the grade; however, information will be presented in these sessions that will not necessarily be available on Blackboard. Therefore, attendance is strongly encouraged. Note: The first workgroup is required to form the groups for the group project.
All of the grades for the course will only be valid for the current academic year. If you take the course in another academic year you have to retake all course elements.
Political psychology is an interdisciplinary dynamic subfield at the intersection of psychology and political science. It has a focus on the role of human thought, emotion, and behavior in politics. It analyzes political science as related to entities such as voters, lawmakers, local and national governments and administrations, international organizations, political parties, and associations. While the grammar of "political psychology" tends to stress psychology as the central field, the discipline could also be accurately labeled "the psychology of politics," so as to more evenly recognize the interdisciplinary nature of the field. In the course, both contemporary and classic articles are compiled, demonstrating the ever-changing nature of political psychology and offering comprehensive coverage of social psychological research into the processes that have governed local and global affairs in the postmodern world. Topics covered include authoritarianism, political leadership, public opinion, decision-making, prejudice, intergroup relations, terrorism, and revolution.
Type of instructionsLectures and seminars
Type of examsExam and paper
- No Book. All reading is from peer-review journal articles and book chapters.