Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3136: Political Psychology

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Darren Schreiber (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Aristotle claimed that man was, by nature, a political animal. This course uses a broad range of tools and theories to evaluate such claims. We will explore methods from psychoanalysis all the way to more recent approaches such as genetic analysis and neuroimaging.  We will consider behavior in other species and ask if we are the only political animals. And, we will discuss what it means to be a political animal and how that informs the institutions that we can and should develop.

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