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17.10.2019 at 09:00 - 6.11.2019 at 23:59



Students are given priority to participate in the course in following order:

  1. students in MSV, Sosiaalitieteiden Maisteriohjelma and COS majoring in Social Psychology
  2. other students in MSV including exchange students
  3. other students at the University of Helsinki including exchange students

After the course, the student:

- can analyze political beliefs and attitudes in terms of their moral underpinning

- can analyze contemporary social and political movements in terms of their (moral) psychological motivation

- can compare and critically assess different types of explanations for election outcomes

- understands how a more realistic model of human behavior can improve policy, and can plan policy interventions aimed at helping people make better decisions

Recommended timing of the course: First year of master’s studies.

The course is offered according to the teaching curriculum

Students will familiarize themselves with classic and contemporary themes in moral and political psychology by means of reading, discussing, and writing about the assigned articles and book chapters.

Berggren, N., Jordahl, H., & Poutvaara, P. (2016). The right look: Conservative politicians look better and voters reward it. Journal of Public Economics, 146, 79–86. 8 pp.

Cottam, Martha L., Mastors, Elena, Preston, Thomas, Dietz, Beth: Introduction to Political Psychology: 3rd Edition. New York : Routledge, 2016. 522 pp.

Graham, J., Haidt, J., & Nosek, B. A. (2009). Liberals and conservatives rely on different sets of moral foundations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 1029-1046. 37pp.

Haidt, J. (2001). The emotional dog and its rational tail: A social intuitionist approach to moral judgment. Psychological Review, 108, 814–834. 20pp.

Hibbing, J. R., Smith, K. B., & Alford, J. R. (2014). Differences in negativity bias underlie variations in political ideology. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 37, 297–350. 55 pp.

Kivikangas, M., Lönnqvist, J-E. & Ravaja, J. N. (2017). Relationship of Moral Foundations to liberalism-conservatism and left-right labels in a Finnish representative sample. Social Psychology (in press).

Lönnqvist, J. E. (2017). Just because you look good, doesn't mean you're right. Personality and Individual Differences, 108, 133-135. 4pp.

Malka, A., Osborne, D., Soto, C. J., Greaves, L. M., Sibley, C. G., & Lelkes, Y. (2016). Binding Moral Foundations and the Narrowing of Ideological Conflict to the Traditional Morality Domain. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(9), 1243-1257. 16 pp.

Malka, A., Soto, C. J., Inzlicht, M., & Lelkes, Y. (2014). Do needs for security and certainty predict cultural and economic conservatism? A cross-national analysis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 1031–1051. 21 pp.

Malka, A., & Soto, C. J. (2015). Rigidity of the economic right? Menu-independent and menu-dependent influences of psychological dispositions on political attitudes. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24(2), 137-142. 6 pp.

Schwartz, S. H., Caprara, G. V., Vecchione, M., Bain, P., Bianchi, G., Caprara, M. G., ... & Mamali, C. (2014). Basic personal values underlie and give coherence to political values: A cross national study in 15 countries. Political Behavior, 36(4), 899-930. 32 pp.

Smith, K. B., Alford, J. R., Hibbing, J. R., Martin, N. G., & Hatemi, P. K. (2017). Intuitive ethics and political orientations: Testing moral foundations as a theory of political ideology. American Journal of Political Science (in press).

Vecchione, M., Schwartz, S. H., Caprara, G. V., Schoen, H., Cieciuch, J., Silvester, J., ... & Mamali, C. (2015). Personal values and political activism: A cross‐national study. British Journal of Psychology, 106(1), 84-106. 33 pp.

Vlaev, I., King, D., Dolan, P., & Darzi, A. (2016). The Theory and Practice of “Nudging”: Changing Health Behaviors. Public Administration Review, 76(4), 550-561. 12 pp.

The course will be graded from 1 to 5. The grade will be determined by class activity and written presentations.

Instructions for examinations

  • Faculty examinations are held in the Porthania lecture halls (Yliopistonkatu 3).
  • Faculty examinations begin at 9.00. Students must arrive by 9.30 and may leave no earlier than 9.30.
  • Students may take only writing utensils with them to their seats (no bags etc.). No programmable calculators or dictionaries are allowed.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off.
  • Examination answers must be returned to the invigilator in the examination envelope.
  • Students must provide proof of identity when submitting their answers.

There are two ways to complete the course:

a) Students are expected to attend the seminar and read, discuss, and write about the assigned articles and book chapters.

b) Literature exam requiring the written examination of the total list of literature. The exam is held three times per academic year at the Swedish School of Social Science at the three specified general examination dates of Social Psychology.

Students are expected to attend the seminar and read, discuss, and write about the assigned articles.

Jan-Erik Lönnqvist, University professor in social psychology