POLS 199

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Current Political Issues

 

Description:

Have you ever wondered... How people think about political issues? What motivates political leaders? How much does personality matter in politics? How do emotions affect our attitudes? Is racism inevitable? Why does genocide happen? Why do groups turn to terrorism? How can we strive for conflict resolution and reconciliation? Political psychology is an interdisciplinary field that applies theories and insights from psychology, sociology, communication studies, and other disciplines, to the study of politics. This course will provide an introduction to political psychology, with a focus on several topics including personality and politics, cognition, social identity, emotions and attitudes, the political psychology of groups, voting, racism and ethnocentrism, ethnic conflict and genocide, terrorism, international conflict, and conflict resolution.

Prerequisites:

N/A

Units:

1-3

Grading:

Normal Grade Rules

Repeatable:

Repeatable for credit