Political Psychology

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Psychology

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Political Science, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    8 credits of Political Science courses

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    Why do some leaders become regarded as charismatic, while others are dismissed as uninspiring? How could an authoritarian leader like Hitler acquire such a massive following? Why are some people drawn to the political left, while others are attracted to the right? What can politicians and policy-makers do to secure lasting attitude- and behaviour change? These, and many other questions, are the province of political psychology, a field that uses qualitative and quantitative methods and psychological theories as tools to help understand political processes.
    Learning Objectives
    Political Psychology has over time become regarded as a 'niche' discipline, of interest to a small group of specialists, and of peripheral concern to contemporary International Relations and Political Science scholarship. The main aim of this course is to break down this misconception. More specifically, the aims of this course are (a) to develop greater awareness that these disciplines were once at the heart of these disciplines, (b) to familiarize students with the main political psychology theories and debates, and (c) to raise awareness that these theories remain relevant, and can be used to shed new light on contemporary International Relations and Political Science challenges and issues.
    Assessment Summary
    Tutorial Participation: 10%
    Annotated Bibliography: 40%
    Essay: 50%

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