The Personal and Political (PSY2213.01)

Özge Savaş

What is political? How do we acquire political knowledge? How is political understanding shaped across generations? What is the relationship between power, gender, race, and politics? Why do people participate in social movements? What is a “peaceful protest”? In this course, we will examine the interplay between people, power, and politics. We will consider participation in some large-scale social movements in the U.S. including the Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Liberation Movement, pro-choice and pro-life movements, gay, lesbian, and transgender rights, and white nationalist movements. We will use these movements as examples to examine how individuals shaped social structures, political systems, culture, and history while being shaped by them. This course will give you some familiarity with important classical and modern psychological and sociological theories relevant to politics and the functioning of political systems, as well as a sense of how social science research can be used to evaluate theories and generate new knowledge. At the same time, the course emphasizes the need to take into account differences in social contexts (cultures, nations, social classes, and historical eras) when theorizing or doing research.

Learning Outcomes:
▪ Identify the subfields of psychology (i.e., social, political, feminist, and liberation) in how they approach the relationship between the personal and political, and recognize the epistemological and methodological commonalities and differences between these approaches.
▪ Explain with psychological theories how socio-historical contexts influence and change individuals while social change is being created by individuals.
▪ Generate research questions to be answered through psychological empirical research.
▪ Discern the differences between survey and interview methodology and their appropriateness for answering different kinds of research questions.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Psychology
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