Political Science | Political Psychology and Sociology
Y315 | 28136 | 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.