Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3136: Political Psychology

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 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
  • Neuropolitics
  • Evolution of Machiavellian Intelligence
  • Genopolitics
  • 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/