PSYC 345
Psychology and Politics Spring 2025
Division III

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This course will explore the field of political psychology primarily from a social psychological perspective, though also from a political science perspective. The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of how people’s personalities, identities, and social contexts shape their political attitudes and behavior. Topics will include polarization, partisanship, political engagement, authoritarianism and belief in conspiracy theories, stereotyping and prejudice, media effects, and emotion. Throughout the course, we will consider the relationship between psychology and our political institutions. We will evaluate how psychology can be used to help our institutions better embody democratic values and, conversely, how it has been used to further anti-democratic actions as well.
The Class: Format: seminar/laboratory
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 3745
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class participation, weekly reaction papers on course readings (1-2 pages), constructive participation in the empirical research project, independent write-up of the research project (10-20 pages), poster/oral presentation of the project.
Prerequisites: PSYC 201 and PSYC 242 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Psychology majors
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: PSYC Area 4 - Social Psychology
PSYC Empirical Lab Course

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