Political Psychology - SP860

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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7 20 (10) DR A Cichocka







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


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 34
Private study hours: 166
Total study hours: 200


Available to students registered for the MSc in Political Psychology, the MSc in Research Methods in Psychology, or the MSc in Social and Applied Psychology.

Method of assessment

100% Coursework.

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at http://resourcelists.kent.ac.uk/index.html

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the core domains of political psychology, including core conceptual, historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of political psychology;
8.2 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;
8.3 Demonstrate the skill to synthesise literature and research in psychology and political science;
8.4 Show key intellectual skills when critically evaluating theoretical and empirical literature on political psychology;
8.5 Demonstrate the skill to apply the theoretical models to real-life social contexts;
8.6 Demonstrate the transferable skills to communicate and evaluate analyses of political psychology in speech and writing;

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate writing, reading and oral skills to present and interpret material with evidence of the use of relevant literature;
9.2 Show the ability to critically evaluate the quality of theory and method in published research and of peers;
9.3 Demonstrate the ability to express opinions, argue rationally and engage in critical thinking both orally and in the written form;

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