Political science, Psychology



Course date

17 July - 26 July, 2019
14 February, 2019
Course Director(s): 

Levente Littvay

Department of Political Science / Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Zsolt Enyedi

Department of Political Science, CEU, Budapest, Hungary

Cengiz Erisen

Department of Political Science, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey

Elif Erisen

Department of Political Science, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Stanley Feldman

Department of Political Science, Stony Brook University, New York, USA

Leonie Huddy

Department of Political Science, Stony Brooks University, New York, USA,

Erin Jenne

International Relations and European Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Gabor Simonovits

Department of Political Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Political Psychology is a discipline that experienced significant growth in the Anglo-American academic world in recent years. However, it has only started to flourish in Central and Eastern Europe nowadays. Its research is dedicated to understanding how we, humans, perceive and react to the world around us, especially on our interactions with political systems.

This course aims at introducing participants to the main methods in political psychology, focusing on substantive topics that have pressing importance in our days, both in the Americas and Europe, including: authoritarianism, intergroup relations, group cohesion, political persuasion, framing, and many others. Our first aim is to introduce students to a quickly developing field of research; these critical issues can be understood at a psychological level, mostly, but not exclusively, through the use of surveys and experiments. Second, we wish to help developing students' research skills by providing room for hands-on activities where participants are encouraged to have practice with designing and carrying on research on such topics using the methods taught in the course. Third, we also aim to continue growing the political psychology research communities in CEE, giving participants a chance to interact with top-level scholars in these areas, from Europe, Israel, and America.

The course features seminars on methods and substantive topics, round table discussions on publishing and grant writing, practical research design and implementation workshops, and students' own project presentations.