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Political Psychology - JSM591
Anglický název: Political Psychology
Český název: Politická psychologie
Zajišťuje: Katedra sociologie (23-KS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2023
Semestr: zimní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:2/0, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: 22 / neurčen (neurčen)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
4EU+: ne
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Aleš Kudrnáč, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Aleš Kudrnáč, Ph.D.
Třída: Courses for incoming students
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Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Aleš Kudrnáč, Ph.D. (17.09.2022)
This course is designed to increase students’ understanding of the role of psychological theories and findings in the area of political sociology and politics. The purpose of this course is to explore how are individual political decisions formed and changed, and what drives individual political behavior. We will focus on how psychological processes can help us explain differences in attitudes and behavior between individuals, and what implications these psychological processes have in forming public opinion and democratic society.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Aleš Kudrnáč, Ph.D. (17.09.2022)

Recent trends in social science research incorporated the idea that we need knowledge from a variety of fields such as psychology, biology, sociology and political science to get more complex understanding of how people think about politics, make political decisions, and the extent to which they engage in a variety of political behaviors. This course will provide an overview of the interdisciplinary study of politics at the intersection of these fields to improve students’ understanding of individual political behavior and opinions. More specifically, we will discuss the role of emotions, cognition, biology, and how is individual behavior and opinion affected by others as well as political communication and media.

This is the first course in Political Psychology in the Department of Sociology FSV UK. It is designed to provide an introduction to the central theories and findings of applied psychological theories and methods in politics. If you enjoy this course and want to learn about applying techniques and methods in the intersection of psychology, sociology and politics, you are encouraged to consider assigning to applied course called Conducting Research in Political Psychology that will be opened in spring semester 2023.

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Aleš Kudrnáč, Ph.D. (19.09.2022)

Research paper presentation (10%)

Students will present their ideas and methodological approach during the class in week 7 by giving 10-minutes presentation over Zoom. This brief presentation and related feedback from the instructor and other students will serve as the basis of their final paper assignment. For this class students will be divided into two groups to secure enough time for presentations and feedback.

Research Paper (40%)

The research paper requires applying psychological theories, concepts or methods to the research topic of students’ choice. Students are encouraged to focus on issues related to current political situation. Although theoretical studies are allowed, empirical papers are preferred. Students will consult their topic, analytical approach and data during lecture in Week 7 by presenting their ideas. The papers are expected to be written in couples. The paper is required to have title, 3-5 keywords, 100-150 words abstract, and the text itself has to be 3500-4500 words long and written in APA style[1]. References, tables and graphs are not included in the word limit. Final papers are due before 22th December 2022, 11:59pm CET, and should be submitted via email to the instructor.

Final exam (50%)

The final exam will consist primarily of multiple choice questions and will cover materials from compulsory readings, lectures and class discussions.


  • 91 - 100 points = grade A
  • 81 - 90 points = grade B
  • 71 - 80 points = grade C
  • 61 - 70 points = grade D
  • 51 - 60 points = grade E
  • 0 - 50 points = not passed (grade F)

NOTE: Total points earned will be rounded to the whole number (e. g. the overall result of 50.5 points is rounded to 51 points and corresponds to the grade E).

[1] https://apastyle.apa.org/

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Aleš Kudrnáč, Ph.D. (17.09.2022)
Week Reading
1        Druckman, J. N., Kuklinski, J. H., & Sigelman, L. (2009). The unmet potential of interdisciplinary research: Political psychological approaches to voting and public opinion. Political Behavior, 31(4), 485–510. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11109-009-9092-2
2        Koon, T. H. (1985). Believe, Obey, Fight: Political Socialization of Youth in Fascist Italy, 1922-1943. UNC Press Books. Chapter 3 The New Spirit in die Schools pp. 60-89
3        Schwartz, S. H., Caprara, G. V., & Vecchione, M. (2010). Basic personal values, core political values, and voting: A longitudinal analysis. Political Psychology, 31(3), 421–452. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9221.2010.00764.x
4        Todorov, A., Mandisodza, A. N., Goren, A., & Hall, C. C. (2005). Inferences of competence from faces predict election outcomes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5728), 1623–1626. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1110589
5        Clifford, S., & Jerit, J. (2018). Disgust, Anxiety, and Political Learning in the Face of Threat. American Journal of Political Science, 62(2), 266–279. https://doi.org/10.1111/AJPS.12350
6        Hibbing, J. R., Smith, K. B., & Alford, J. R. (2014). Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences. Routledge. Chapter 7, pp. 207-240.
7        No reading this week.
8        Wass, H. M., & Blais, A. (2017). Turnout. In K. Arzhaimer, J. Evans, & M. Lewis-Beck (Eds.), SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour (Vol. 1., pp. 459-487). Sage.
9        Druckman, J. N., Klar, S., Krupnikov, Y., Levendusky, M., & Ryan, J. B. (2021). Affective polarization, local contexts and public opinion in America. Nature human behaviour, 5(1), 28–38. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-01012-5
10      Broockman, D., & Kalla, J. (2016). Durably reducing transphobia: A field experiment on door-to-door canvassing. Science, 352(6282), 220–224. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aad9713
11      Nai, A. (2021). Fear and Loathing in Populist Campaigns? Comparing the Communication Style of Populists and Non-populists in Elections Worldwide. Journal of Political Marketing,20(2), 219-250. https://doi.org/10.1080/15377857.2018.1491439
12      Kahne, J., & Bowyer, B. (2017). Educating for democracy in a partisan age: Confronting the challenges of motivated reasoning and misinformation. American Educational Research Journal, 54(1), 3–34. https://doi.org/10.3102/0002831216679817
Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Aleš Kudrnáč, Ph.D. (17.09.2022)

The course is divided into twelve lessons that will be held on weekly basis. First 60 minutes of each lesson are dedicated to lecture and 20 minutes are left for short discussion of the topic and related readings. Week 7 is meant for short students’ presentation of the topics of their Research Paper. Course materials will be available online. The course will be taught online via Zoom. To enter the online classes use the following zoom link: https://umu.zoom.us/j/67413671325.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Aleš Kudrnáč, Ph.D. (17.09.2022)

Course outline

Week Topic
1        The role of psychology in studying politics
2        Political socialization
3        Personality and political ideology
4        Political cognition
5        Emotions and politics
6        Biopolitics
7        Discussing topics of final research papers
8        Psychology of voting behavior
9        Political polarization
10      Prejudice and political tolerance
11      Psychology of political communication
12      Misinformation and conspiracy theories

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