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POLI-325 Political Leadership

This course focuses on political leaders' influence on the actions and policies of institutions they govern at the national/federal level. The class primarily explores the psychological dimensions of politics in political leaders and as such serves as a basic introduction to political psychology. The course surveys historical and contemporary approaches to studying political leaders, and places an emphasis on the relationship between leaders' personalities, leadership styles, beliefs, psychological disorders on the one hand and decision making (in particular, in foreign policy) on the other. Case studies assess political leaders from around the world: American presidents, British prime ministers, Israeli leaders, and Iranian presidents. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.  Recommended: POLI-111 or POLI-131 or POLI-133 or PSYC-101. 4 SH. CC: Interdisciplinary.