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ATS2256: Political psychology

Faculty of Arts

Political psychology

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This unit offers a broad overview of political psychology, and introduces a new perspective on how to understand the political world around us. The objectives of the unit are to first introduce students to key concepts from psychology that are relevant to politics (e.g., personality, social identity, the dynamics of social groups, the role of emotions, etc.), and second, to apply these concepts to various topics within political science, including leadership, race and inter-group relations, the formation of opinions and ideologies, political violence, media and political advertising, etc.


1 - Essay - 20% 2 - Essay - 50% 3 - Online test - 30%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

Sustainable development goals

Adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

16. Peace Justice and Strong Institutions