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Political PsychologyTalbot Campus
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Location: Talbot Campus
Study mode full-time
Start Date: 2020/09/21
Duration: 12 months
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This new course offers a unique opportunity to study how psychological insights can throw light on politics. What are the roots of political violence? What drives shifts in public opinion? Why do some people become activists, while others never get involved? How does propaganda work? What is the appeal of the political ideologies to which some devote their lives? What makes for effective political leadership? Is the future democratic? Psychology can make a vital contribution to developing answers to these and many other questions of importance to all those interested in the future of their societies. Political psychology is a well-established branch of psychology, yet there are very few places in the world where a Masters in the subject can be taken. Bournemouth University is now offering such a course, based on the in-depth expertise of the team who will provide it. The course leader is Professor Barry Richards, who has over thirty years' experience of research and writing in this field, from his edited collection Capitalism and Infancy' in 1984 to his forthcoming book What is Holding Us Together?'. He has been a leading figure in the application of psychoanalytic theory to the understanding of politics. The course team also includes Professor Candida Yates, author and editor of books on popular culture, emotion and politics, and Associate Professor Darren Lilleker, a widely-published international leader in the study of political communication. These and other teaching staff bring a broad range of perspectives to the course, and enable it both to focus on the psychological dimensions of politics and also to see psychological factors in their broader societal contexts. Our psychologies need specific study, but are part of our societies and cultures. If you are considering postgraduate research on a topic which involves looking psychologically at politics, or are intending to work in the political field itself (whether as activist, consultant, researcher or in some other role), this course offers a highly relevant, challenging and rich encounter with leading edge theory and research at the complex intersections of psychology and politics.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. If English is not your first language, you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, speaking, listening and reading.
IELTS: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in)
Notice: This is the default IELTS grade for Bournemouth University.
About this university
There are an average of 1500 international students attending the university each year. The website contains information for each country to help those students find specific information. There is also a wide range of help and assistance on hand once they arrive in Bournemouth. This ranges from immigration and visas advice to assistance with accommodation. There are also various support services on hand such as student wellbeing and a medical centre as well as a multi-faith chaplaincy service. Most of the students of Bournemouth University are fascinated by the attractive day and night life here. The area is a popular tourist destination and one of the most attractive parts of England that offers you a great opportunity to explore various places besides your academic progress. Situated on the south coast of England, the area is famous for its 12 kilometres long sandy beaches, beautiful parks and gardens. The university is at a distance of less than two hours from the city of London. As a student of the University, you can enjoy the beauty of the famous places like Durdle Door, Poole Old Town, Compton Acres, Lulworth Cove, Upton Park, Brownsea Island, Red House Museum, Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch, Purbecks, Corfe Castle, the New Forest, Winchester, Lyndhurst, Lymington, Romsey, Brockenhurst, Ringwood, Salisbury, Weymouth, Stonehenge, Wimborne or the cottage of Thomas Hardy in Dorchester.