A course covering the psychology of politics. It is concerned with the role of human thought, emotion, and behavior in politics, and the linkages between them. In this course we will examine the psychological factors behind the motivations for the mass public (voters) and elites (leaders or political actors). For the mass public, we will consider social identity, affect and cognition, personality predispositions such as authoritarianism, how people are socialized politically, racial prejudice, tolerance, and political knowledge. For political actors we will consider personality analysis, as well as the political psychology of genocide and terrorism.
Prereq: Undergraduate: PSCI 1100 or junior standing or permission of instructor.
Graduate: PSCI 1100 is recommended.
Cross-list: PSCI-4110, PSCI-8116, PSYC-8116