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Political Psychology

Code: MECC003     Acronym: PP

Instance: 2012/2013 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Communication Sciences

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MECC 16 (OLD STUDY PLAN - do not choose this one) Study Plan: Master's in Communication Sciences 1 - 8 -

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Isabel Maria Alves e Menezes Figueiredo

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 3,00
Tutorial Supervision: 1,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 3,00
Isabel Maria Alves e Menezes Figueiredo 3,00
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 1,00
Isabel Maria Alves e Menezes Figueiredo 1,00

Teaching language



Political psychology is a new subject. It establishes the psychological link with different political topics. This CU aims to provide students with an understanding of the research in this field, and with the skills to analyse political situations from psychological inputs.


1. Psychology as a subject.
2. The meaning of psychology in societies of uncertainty.
3. Political psychology and the psychological bases of democracy. Citizenship and democracy. Conceptions of citizenship and models of democracy.
4. The impact of political knowledge and conceptions in the relationship with politics.
5. Personality and attitudes vis-à-vis politics. Values, ideology, civic culture and social capital.
6. Civic and political participation. Conventional and unconventional forms of participation. Developmental quality of participatory experiences.
7. Political influence and electoral behaviour.
8. Tolerance, preconception and democracy.
9. Public opinion.

Mandatory literature

Eisenstadt; Os regimes democráticos: Fragilidade, continuidade e transformabilidade, Celta, 2000
Haste, H.; Constructing the citizen., Political Psychology, 25 (3), 413‐439, 2004
Jost, J. T. & Sidanius, J. ; Political psychology: key readings. , Psychology Press, 2004
Sears, D. O., Huddy, L. & Jervis, R.; Oxford handbook of political psychology, Oxford Univerty Press, 2003
Sullivan, J. & Transue, J. ; The psychological underpinnings of democracy: A selective review of research on political tolerance, interpersonal trust, and social capital., . Annual Review of Psychology, 50, 625‐650, 1999
Theiss-Morse, E. & Hibbing, J. R.; Citizenship and civic engagement. , Annual Review of Political Science, 8, 227-249., 2005
Isabel Menezes, Norberto Ribeiro, Maria Fernandes-Jesus, Carla Malafaia & Pedro Ferreira; Agência e participação cívica e política: O papel dos jovens e dos imigrantes na construção da democracia, LivrPsic, 2012. ISBN: 978-989-730-000-4

Teaching methods and learning activities

Two-way exposition and discussion. The discursive technique will use projectable and non-projectable audiovisual resources, i.e. boards, overhead projector, thematic maps, etc.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Eligibility for exams

Assessment will respect the FLUP Assessment Regulations, viz. distributed assessment with final exam. Attendance of 75% of classes is required to sit the exam, unless established otherwise by law; preparation and oral presentation of a project; final exam.

Calculation formula of final grade

The final grade depends on the assessment of an original, individual project.

Examinations or Special Assignments

The final project involves the analysis, based on the course content, of an interview focused on the political biography of a person with some level of political involvement. Delivery date: January 2010.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

According to Master’s degree regulations.

Classification improvement

By improving the project.
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