PSC 154 A-Z - Special Topics in Comparative Politics
Semester Hours: 1-4
An advanced course in the analysis of major problems in Comparative Politics.
Current Special Topics
PSC 154D: Political Psychology
The model of American politics most of us imbibe from grade school civics class on up is built around the Founders’ Enlightenment ideal of public policymaking based on a rational calculation of the personal and societal best interest. Increasingly, research in the exciting sub-discipline of political psychology is telling us how incomplete this understanding is. Biography, contextual stimuli, emotion, identity, human evolution, and even individual genetics all play a role in how we humans process politics, what we believe, and how we act on those beliefs. This course seeks to provide a broad overview of the field and what the fascinating research is now telling us about crucial topics such as voting behavior, political communication, mass media, racism and intolerance, terrorism, social movements, protest and revolution, nationalism and identity, international relations, authoritarianism, and more.
As individual subjects are selected, each is assigned a letter (A-Z) which is affixed to the course number. The course involves substantial reading, discussion and writing. Includes regular seminar sessions and individual conferences with instructor. Specific titles and course descriptions for special topics courses are available in the online class schedule. (Formerly PSC 154: Seminar: Comparative Politics.)
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