POLSCI 330 - Psychological Perspectives on Politics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
POLSCI 111 or upperclass standing.
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)
MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: Meet-together with Psych 393.
002 (DIS)
2POLSCI 111 or Jr>
Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (DIS)
4POLSCI 111 or Jr>
W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
004 (DIS)
4POLSCI 111 or Jr>
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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There is no coursepack because all readings, other than in the four books to be purchased, will be downloadable via the "e-reserve readings" folder in the CTools site. This saves your paying the rediculous and exhorbitant copyright fees that coursepack vendors must charge.
ISBN: 9780140714852
The tempest, Author: William Shakespeare ; edited by Peter Holland., Publisher: Penguin Books [New ed.]. 1999
ISBN: 9780140714821
The tragedy of King Richard the Second, Author: William Shakespeare ; edited by Frances E. Dolan., Publisher: Penguin Books New ed. 2000
ISBN: 9780393007701
Group psychology and the analysis of the ego, Author: Sigmund Freud ; translated and edited by James Strachey ; with a biographical introduction by Peter Gay., Publisher: W.W. Norton Repr. 1989
ISBN: 9780385721813
When the emperor was divine : a novel, Author: Otsuka, Julie, 1962-, Publisher: Anchor Books 2003
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