Political Science | Political Psych & Soc
Y315 | 3772 | Carmines
The particular focus of this course will be on the
psychological aspects of political leadership, notably the American
presidency. As the most important political office not just in the
United States but today in the entire world, it is not surprising
that the study of the presidency has attracted the attention of
political psychologists. We shall see how they have used
psychological models to explain presidential successes and failures
and current attempts to provide psychological profiles of
presidential candidates. Our ultimate objective is to assess the
extent to which presidentsí psychological backgrounds and makeup
affect their political beliefs and actions.
The requirements for the course include two exams plus a ten
page research paper.