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KAM2009Political Psychology.3+0+0ECTS:4
Year / SemesterFall Semester
Level of CourseFirst Cycle
Status Elective
Prerequisites and co-requisitesNone
Mode of DeliveryFace to face
Contact Hours14 weeks - 3 hours of lectures per week
LecturerDoç. Dr. Gülmelek DOĞANAY
Co-LecturerProf. Dr. M. Çağatay OKUTAN
Language of instructionTurkish
Professional practise ( internship ) None
The aim of the course:
This course surveys how psychological factors and political behavior affect one another. Focuses on topics such as leadership, political socialization, political cognition, collective behavior, voting, alienation, rebellion, and negotiation-mediation.
Learning OutcomesCTPOTOA
Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be able to :
LO - 1 : Mastering the major concepts and theoretical perspectives.1,6
LO - 2 : Having a grasp of the underpinnings of political preferences.1,6
LO - 3 : Understanding the impacts of personality, social cognition, and social relations on political behaviors.1,6
LO - 4 : To understand how these change and affect political choices.1,6
LO - 5 : Understanding the political psychological underpinnings of a variety of concepts.1,6
CTPO : Contribution to programme outcomes, TOA :Type of assessment (1: written exam, 2: Oral exam, 3: Homework assignment, 4: Laboratory exercise/exam, 5: Seminar / presentation, 6: Term paper), LO : Learning Outcome

Contents of the Course
This course introduces important concepts of politics the ways in which affects decision making. It offering new ways of thinking about subjects as varied as personality, social groups, media, political advertising, race relations, the legitimacy of government institutions, ideologies, as a means of providing a new perspective on how to understand the political world around us.
Course Syllabus
 WeekSubjectRelated Notes / Files
 Week 1What is Political Psychology? Subject of Political Psychology.
 Week 2Basic concepts.
 Week 3Political and psychological causes of behavior.
 Week 4Learning and formation of the political self.
 Week 5Political socialization.
 Week 6Political socialization and change.
 Week 7The role of personality and leadership.
 Week 8Importance of social group in decision making.
 Week 9Mid-term exam.
 Week 10Personality, attitudes and public opinion.
 Week 11Attitude change, communication and the role of media.
 Week 12Political participation and psychological factors.
 Week 13Political alienation.
 Week 14National identity, racism, extremism and violence.
 Week 15Rewiew of the term.
 Week 16End-of-term exam.
Textbook / Material
1Çetin, Halis. 2003; İnsan ve Siyaset: Siyasetin Psikolojik Temelleri, Siyasal Kitabevi, Ankara.
Recommended Reading
1Çevik, A., 2010; Politik Psikoloji, Dost Kitabevi, Ankara.
2Bilgin, N., 2005; Siyaset ve İnsan: Siyaset Psikolojisi Yazıları, Bağlam Yay, İstanbul.
3Volkan, Vamık D., 1993; Politik Psikoloji, A. Ü. Rektörlüğü Yayınları, Ankara.
4Turan, İlter. 1986; Siyasal Sistem ve Siyasal Davranış, Der yayınları, İstanbul.
5Lipset, S. Martin. 1986; Siyasal İnsan, Teori Yayınları, Ankara.
6Duverger, Maurice, 1998; Siyaset Sosyolojisi, Varlık Yayınları, İstanbul.
7Milburn, M., (1998); Sosyal Psikolojik Açıdan Kamuoyu ve Siyaset, İmge Kitabevi, Ankara.
8Alkan, Türker. 1979; Siyasal Toplumsallaşma, Kültür Bakanlığı Yayınları, Ankara.
9Alkan, T.; Ergil, D., (1980); Siyaset Psikolojisi, Turhan Kitabevi, Ankara.
Method of Assessment
Type of assessmentWeek NoDate

Duration (hours)Weight (%)
Mid-term exam 9 11/2023 50
End-of-term exam 16 01/2024 50
Student Work Load and its Distribution
Type of workDuration (hours pw)

No of weeks / Number of activity

Hours in total per term
Yüz yüze eğitim 3 14 42
Sınıf dışı çalışma 3 14 42
Arasınav için hazırlık 6 2 12
Arasınav 1 1 1
Dönem sonu sınavı için hazırlık 11 2 22
Dönem sonu sınavı 1 1 1
Total work load120