Postgraduate Module Descriptor


POLM147: Political Psychology and Rational Choice Approaches to International Relations

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

Module Aims

This module will aim to:

  • To introduce you to key concepts in political psychology and rational choice theory.
  • Apply these concepts to contemporary international issues.
  • Provide you with an understanding of the psychological opportunities and barriers faced by key decision-makers, as well as how employing a rational choice framework can help governments design effective policies.
  • Provide you a dynamic learning environment. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the effects of psychological factors in foreign policy and international relations and basic concepts from rational choice theory
2. Use substantive and methodological tools of analysis to critically interpret current global challenges
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Critically analyse empirical and theoretical material
4. Synthesize competing theories in order to apply them to novel social science problems
Personal and Key Skills5. Self-organization under time pressure
6. Demonstrate critical thinking skills, particularly as they relate to evaluate empirical evidence