Political Psychology - PSYC8600

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


This module provides an opportunity to study at an advanced level the literature on political psychology. The module will stress how psychology and political science in combination can serve to analyse and explain political processes. Emphasis will be placed on applying theoretical models and empirical findings to the analysis of real-world problems. Topics that will be addressed include political ideology, social justice and inequality, political engagement and extremism, political leadership and perceptions of government and authority. This module relies heavily on student participation and discussion.


Contact hours

Private Study: 166
Contact Hours: 34
Total: 200


Compulsory to the following courses:
• MSc Political Psychology

Optional to the following courses:
• MSc Social Psychology
• MA courses in the School of Politics and International Relations (Canterbury)

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Long Essay 4,000 words 80%*
Short Essay 1,000 words 20%
*This element is pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module.

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the core domains of political psychology, including core conceptual, historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of political psychology;
2 Demonstrate the intellectual skill of critical reflection when considering the diversity of theoretical and empirical perspectives that underpin the study of psychology of political processes;
3 Demonstrate the skill to synthesise literature and research in psychology and political science;
4 Show key intellectual skills when critically evaluating theoretical and empirical literature on political psychology;
5 Demonstrate the skill to apply the theoretical models to real-life social contexts;
6 Demonstrate the transferable skills to communicate and evaluate analyses of political psychology by a variety of methods.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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