POLS-Y 315 POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIALIZATION (3 CR.)
Analysis of the relationship between personality and politics. Use of major psychological theories and concepts to understand the attitudes and behavior of mass publics and political elites.
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|LEC||3||15642||Open||3:15 p.m.–5:45 p.m.||MW||GA 1118||Carmines E
Eight Week - Second / In Person
LEC 15642: Total Seats: 50 / Available: 10 / Waitlisted: 0Show Details for section 15642
- COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inq
- Above class meets second eight weeks only
- Y 315 : Students who have taken Professor Carmines Y200 'Psychological Dimensions of the American Presidency' are not allowed to enroll in this course.
- COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
- Above class meets In Person. For more information visit https://covid.iu.edu/learning-modes/index.html
Political Psychology and Socialization Political psychology focuses on how psychological concepts and theories help us understand how people view and interpret political events and sometimes act in the political arena. We will begin the course by examining the basic concepts used in the study of political psychology including attitudes, beliefs and cognition. We will then focus on the main areas of research in political psychology including theories of personality, group dynamics, and individual decision-making. Our primary focus will be on the psychological underpinnings of the decisions and actions of political elites, specifically American Presidents. As the most important political office not just in the United States but today in the entire world, it is not surprising that the study of the presidency has attracted the attention of political psychologists. We shall see how they have used psychological models to explain presidential successes and failures and current attempts to provide psychological profiles of presidential candidates. Our ultimate objective is to assess the extent to which presidents' psychological backgrounds and makeup affect their political beliefs and actions. This is a second eight weeks course so it is crucial that students attend class regularly. The course requirements consist of two essay-type exams plus several short papers. The class includes opportunities for group work and class discussion.