Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3136: Political Psychology

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The course is roughly organized around “20th Century” and “21st Century” approaches to questions in Political Psychology:

20th Century approaches

Psychoanalytic Approaches

Rational Choice Theory

Philip Converse and His Legacy

Schema Theory

The Online Model

Racial Attitudes

Zaller’s RAS Model

21st Century approaches

Affective Intelligence


Evolution of Machiavellian Intelligence


Race and Neuroscience

Physiological measures

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities4422 x 2 hour seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity 55 x 1 hour lab sessions
Guided independent study163Completing assessment tasks: Reading, research and writing
Guided independent study88Preparing for seminars: Reading and research

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/