Goals

The course will acquaint students with key theories and findings in the study of psychology that shed light on politics. The primary goal is to develop critical analytic and synthetic skills needed to interpret social and political life. By engaging with the theories and experiments of leading psychological figures, students will gain an understanding of many conceptual tools useful in understanding our world. And by applying these concepts to the study of politics, students will better appreciate the challenges and opportunities of an interdisciplinary approach. Moreover, in reviewing the methods employed in the field of political psychology, students will gain greater insight into strengths and limitations of contemporary social science.