PSCI 250
Political Psychology Fall 2023
Division II
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This course will examine the role of psychology in politics. The goal is to develop a rich understanding of the foundations of public opinion and political behavior. We will examine the role of social identities, partisan affiliation, concrete interests, values, issues, and ideology in shaping opinion and behavior, as well as the role of external forces such as campaigns, the media, and political elites. Along the way, we will consider a number of longstanding questions in the study of politics, such as: is the public rational? What are the root causes of racism? How does racism influence political choices? Why do people identify with political parties? Why do people vote or engage in other types of political action? How does the mass media and campaigns influence public opinion?
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 1704
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, 1-2 short papers (5-7 pages), 1 medium paper (8-12 pages), an oral presentation, and a final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: If the course over-enrolls, please give first enrollment preference to political science majors, followed by political economy majors.
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PSCI American Politics Courses

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