Political Psychology

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Course Number




M. Sargent

Course Long Title

Political Psychology


Students in this course engage with issues at the intersection of the fields of political science and psychology. In particular, students examine the relevance of psychological processes to such topics as the evaluation of electoral candidates, what it means to identify as politically conservative or liberal, media effects (including social media), race and politics, foreign policy, and political reasoning. In addition to frequent readings (including empirical reports utilizing quantitative analyses), course participants also engage with relevant multimedia content, including podcasts and videos. Prerequisite(s): one of the following: DCS 105; ECON 250; MATH 233; PLTC 218; PSYC 218; or SOC 205 or 206.

Modes of Inquiry

Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years

Offering Frequency

Normally offered every other year