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Course Details

Course Code: POLS401 Course ID: 4756 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an overview of the psychological study of American politics. Various topics and issues are covered throughout the course to include the personality, leadership style and decision making of presidents, voter choices and preferences, the influence of the media and political attitudes of different groups.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

CO-1 Analyze the interdisciplinary field of political psychology and how it relates to the study
of American politics.

CO-2 Differentiate between the psychological approaches to presidential decision-making,
advisory processes, and personality.

CO-3 Evaluate the personality profiles of U.S. presidents.

CO-4 Critique the literature on political socialization.

CO-5 Analyze schools of thought on voting behavior in the United States.

CO-6 Appraise the role of the media in American politics.

CO-7 Examine the attitudes of different groups in the United States on current political issues.

Grades for this course will be based upon three grading instruments: discussions, a midterm exam, and a final exam. There are six weekly discussion questions that are graded. Students must post their response before looking at what their classmates submit onto the Forum. See Discussion Guidelines and the rubric for details. In addition, students must complete a midterm exam in Week 4 and a final exam in Week 8.

The grade scale and relative weighting for each evaluation tool is provided below:

Grade Instruments: % of Final Grade

Forum Discussion Assignments 50%

Midterm Exam 25%

Final Exam 25%


Submission of Assignments

Unless otherwise noted, all assignments are due by Sunday at 11:55pm Eastern with initial Forum responses being due by Friday at 11:55pm Eastern. Any assignments submitted late will receive a deduction of 10% off the score each day it is late, unless the student contacts the instructor ahead of time about an extenuating situation and receives permission to submit work after the established deadline.

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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.