Political Science | Political Psych &Soc
Y315 | 3452 | 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.