POLSCI 330 - Psychological Perspectives on Politics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Waitlist Capacity:
15
Cost:
<50
Enforced Prerequisites:
POLSCI 111 or upperclass standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines how psychological factors affect political behavior, and vice versa. After an initial discussion of the underlying dimensions of political and social behavior, and the concept of "gender" as a lens for analysis, we consider the psychological aspects of leadership as one major political phenomenon. Next, we examine some motivational and perceptual mechanisms involved in conflict escalation, war, and peace. Having established the importance of psychological factors, we examine ways of measuring "at a distance" the psychological characteristics of political leaders and groups, neither of whom can be studied directly. The second part of the course examines psychological perspectives on several political processes: socialization (or learning about politics), political decision-making, ideology, political cognition and the mass media, and political participation and commitment. Finally, we consider threats to the political system ( e.g., nationalism and ethnic conflict, violence and terrorism), and ways restoring the political system ( e.g., the "arts of politics" such as negotiation and mediation, and ways of taming power).

POLSCI 330 - Psychological Perspectives on Politics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
21675
Open
32
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: Meet-together with Psych 393.
002 (DIS)
P
22504
Open
1
4POLSCI 111 or Jr>
-
Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
21676
Open
5
11POLSCI 111 or Jr>
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Tu 5:00PM - 6:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
21677
Closed
0
7POLSCI 111 or Jr>
-
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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