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IR3075   Leader Personality and Foreign Policy

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: Both

Planned timetable: Semester 1 - 2.00 pm Mon: Semester 2 - 11.00 am Mon

A thriving research area of foreign policy analysis has taken seriously the impact individuals can have on international relations. Political Psychology focuses on the characteristics of individuals and how this influences political processes and outcomes. Political psychologists who focus on political leaders have examined in detail the ways in which leaders┬┐ personalities, experiences, and personal traits affect their conduct of foreign policy and other politically important behaviours (organising political violence, heading international organisations, commanding wars, etc.). This module will examine approaches to the study of political personality, focusing primarily on social scientific methods and findings. Students will have the opportunity to conduct political personality profiles of leaders, including the use of automated computer software to analyse leaders┬┐ speeches and writings. This module involves an additional .5-hour/week political personality laboratory.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take IR4546

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: One 1-hour lecture per week, one 1-hour seminar per week, one 30 minute laboratory per week.

Scheduled learning hours: 25

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Exmination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr R K Beasley
Module teaching staff: Dr R Beasley