POLSCI 330 - Psychological Perspectives on Politics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
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: political socialization (or learning about politics), political decision-making, emotion in politics, 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 how the drive for power might be tamed).

POLSCI 330 - Psychological Perspectives on Politics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
32003
Open
36
 
1
MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: Meet-together with Psych 393.
002 (DIS)
P
33315
Open
4
6POLSCI 111 or Jr>
-
Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
32005
Open
4
9POLSCI 111 or Jr>
-
W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
32007
Closed
0
6POLSCI 111 or Jr>
-
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 0140714820
The tragedy of King Richard the Second, Author: William Shakespeare ; edited by Frances E. Dolan., Publisher: Penguin Books New ed. 2000
Required
ISBN: 9780393011173
Group psychology and the analysis of the ego, Author: Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939., Publisher: Norton 1975
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0140714855
The tempest, Author: William Shakespeare ; edited by Peter Holland., Publisher: Penguin Books [New ed.]. 1999
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780375414299
When the emperor was divine : a novel, Author: Otsuka, Julie, 1962-, Publisher: Knopf 2002
Required
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