Accueil > Psychology and Politics


Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The focus of the course is on the interactions between psychology and politics. For example, we will investigate how psychological processes are involved in systems of social and political change and the influence of personality on political leadership. We will also explore some of the psychological factors that are related to voting behavior and how such behavior is sometimes manipulated. You will reflect on your own political identity and the factors that have shaped your current beliefs and attitudes. This course is designed to be writing intensive. In addition to two at-home writing assignments, we will devote class-time to reading and writing in a variety of genres, as well as editing drafts of completed writing.


HURLEY, Karinna (PhD in Human Development)

Course validation

20% class participation & preparation ; 60% writing (two at-home assignments and multiple in-class assignments) ; 20% final exam (Session 12).

Required reading

  • Political Identity, How family communication can influence our political identities, Huffington Post, 2012
  • Psychology, Sports, & Politics, Democracy in sport: An uneasy relationship with politics. BBC Sport, 2015
  • Psychology of Political Leaders, Two experts “read” politicians' body language, Psychology Today, 2014
  • Psychology of Political Extremists, Political extremists are less susceptible to common cognitive bias, Association for Psychological Science, 2014; Government row over ban on extremist speakers on university campuses, The Guardian, 2015
  • Social Media and Voting Behavior, A 61-million-person experiment in social influence and political mobilization, Nature, 2012

Additional required reading

Writing, Does fiction have the power to sway politics? New York Times, 2015