POLI:310 Political Psychology.

This course explores the psychological dimensions of politics and serves as a basic introduction to political psychology. It focuses on a broad range of issues that deal with how ordinary citizens make sense of their political surroundings and how their understandings of the political world are linked to their political beliefs and behaviors. In addition, the course analyzes political leaders and investigates how their personalities, beliefs and emotions affect decisions they make. The course also covers relevant issues in mass political behavior such as media, voting and tolerance. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor. Either POLI:111 or PSYC:101 is recommended. 4 SH. CC: Interdisciplinary.