CANCELLED - Introduction to Political Psychology

Course content

Political psychology is a proliferating interdisciplinary study drawing from the fields of political science, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology and anthropology. This course introduces students to a multidisciplinary field of research in political psychology, key theories and dominant themes in a global context. It explores a broad scope of manifestations of political behavior, political identity, political emotions, personal and group psychology.


Bachelor student (2012 programme curriculum): 20 ECTS

Bachelor student (2017 programme curriculum): 15 ECTS

Master student: 15 ECTS

Learning outcome


Students will obtain knowledge about a wide range of themes constituting contemporary research in the field of political psychology. Students will learn key theoretical approaches and study a selection of prominent to the filed of political psychology themes in a global perspective.



Students will be able to evaluate the analytical contribution of the multi-disciplinarian logic of political psychology, analyze specific cases introduced in the course, as well as carry out independent analysis of individually chosen cases in the format of the final assignment.



Students will be able to present key theories employed in the field of political psychology; apply these theoretical approaches to the analysis of the selected cases in contemporary global politics; reflect critically on psychological underpinnings embedded in the mechanisms of political participation, political exclusion and conflict, as well as the role of emotions in politics. 

Lectures, individual and group work with the course literature, learning activities, class discussion, student presentations and final written assignment

Cottam, M., Dietz-Uhler, B., Mastors, E. & Peterson, T. (Ed), (2015). Introduction to Political Psychology. Psychology Press;


Nesbitt-Larking, P., Kinnvall, C. & Dekker, H. (Ed.), (2014). The Palgrave Handbook of Global Political Psychology. Palgrave Macmillan;


Freud, S. (1922). Group Psychology and the analysis of the Ego. New York, Boni and Liveright;


Frosh, S. (1999). The Politics of Psychoanalysis. New York University Press ;


Volkan, V. (2005). Politics and International Relations, in Parson, E.S. et al. (Ed.) Textbook of Psychoanalysis. The American Psychiatric Publishing;


Stavrakais, Y. (1999). Lacan and the Political. Routledge;


Mondak, J., Halperin, K. (2008). A Framework for the Study of Personality and Political Behaviour. B.J.Pol.S. 38;


Marvick, E., Glad, B. (2006). Personality Theory in the Analysis of Political Leadership in Shepherd, L (Ed). Psychology, Barbara Burdich Publishers;


Reicher, S. (2012) Crowds, Agency and Passion;


Goodwin, J. et al. (2009). Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements. University of Chicago Press;


Clarke, S. et al. (ed) (2006). Emotion, Politics and Society. Palgrave Macmillan;


Žižek, S. (2008), For they know not what they do: Enjoyment as a political factor.London: Verso;


Type of assessment
Written assignment
Free assignment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
  • Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
  • Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • English
  • 56