Political Psychology is a growing inter-disciplinary sub-field drawing on insights from a number of disciplines including Psychology, Political Science and History.
It is concerned with understanding political issues and phenomena by exploring how socio-political contexts and institutions are affected and how they affect individual and collective cognitions and behaviours.
This programme adopts a predominantly critical social psychological approach and places a strong emphasis on understanding how political psychological concepts may operate in practice.
Its aims are to:
Provide a critical understanding of the historical development of political psychology from different epistemological, ideological and disciplinary. perspectives and provide an advanced understanding of current theoretical debates within political psychology.
Enable students to engage in multidisciplinary dialogue and research.
Train students to use political psychological theories to formulate research questions relevant to current political phenomena and provide skills to apply political psychological theories and empirical findings in a number of different employment settings.
Provide skills to use appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to address research questions as well as with the skills to interpret quantitative and qualitative data.
We have a longstanding international reputation for our social psychological research on political issues. Being based in Belfast has helped us to study at first hand conflict and now the peace process which is fostering cohesion between communities. This context provides students with opportunities to apply their learning to real life political phenomena.